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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Paper airplane record for former Cal quarterback



Joe Ayoob has enjoyed an athletic career most of us would envy.

He played quarterback for two seasons at Cal, succeeding Aaron Rodgers and competing alongside future NFL stars DeSean Jackson and Marshawn Lynch. Prior to that, he went 23-1 as a starter at City College of San Francisco and guided his high school team to two section championship games. He also played arena football professionally for three years.

Not a bad body of work.

Still, Ayoob, who now works as a sales rep for Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco, wasn't content. He wanted to etch his name into Guinness World Records.

p>On Sunday, inside a hanger at McClellan Air Force Base outside Sacramento, Ayoob threw a paper airplane 226 feet, 10 inches -- shattering the previous record of 207 feet, 4 inches.

"We made all 10 [official] throws. The record came on the fourth throw," Ayoob told Page 2. "I probably made 50 throws on the day. My body is still sore."

Verification for Ayoob's throw would seem to be a mere formality, especially since one of the official judges on hand was Stephen Kreiger, the previous record holder.

The plane was designed by John Collins, a producer at KRON-TV in San Francisco, who's designed airplanes since childhood and also has studied the Japanese art of paper folding, origami. Collins, known as The Paper Airplane Guy, said he has been pursuing the record in earnest for three of four years. He's studied aerodynamics, trajectories and the all-important verification process for Guinness World Records.