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Tuesday, October 5, 2010
NFC North High Energy Player of the Week

By Kevin Seifert

NFC High Energy: East | West | North | South AFC: East | West | North | South

A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 4.

Shaun Hill
Shaun Hill's 40-yard scamper was the longest run by a Lions quarterback in 26 years.
Detroit Lions quarterback Shaun Hill put up the third 300-yard game of his career Sunday afternoon, but his total of 331 yards took a historic back seat to his 53-yard rushing effort. Included in that total was a 40-yard run that conjured memories of his days as a high school option quarterback who also ran a fair amount at the University of Maryland.

Hill’s 40-yard run was the longest by a Lions quarterback in 26 years and one of only three 40-plus-yard runs by an NFL quarterback in the past four seasons. He took advantage of a man-to-man defense in the back end, and a Packers defensive stunt on the front end, to dash 25 yards down the middle of the field before a nifty cutback garnered him another 15.

Since the start of the 2007 season, here are the four longest runs by an NFL quarterback:
Here’s a new NFC North blog rule: Every time one of our quarterbacks dashes 40 yards in a game, whether he’s 40 years old, 30, 27 or 26, he is automatically and without fail our High Energy Player of the Week.