TAMPA, Fla. -- It took 32 seasons and 1,865 tries, but the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers have finally scored on a kickoff return.
Micheal Spurlock returned a first-quarter kick 90 yards for a TD
for a 14-3 lead against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. He fielded
the kick from Morten Andersen at his 10, burst through a huge
opening in the middle of the field and cut up the right sideline to
the end zone untouched.
A total of 141 players have run back kicks since Tampa Bay's
inaugural season in 1976. The previous long for a return was 86
yards by Aaron Stecker against New Orleans in 2001.
The Bucs have returned 10 punts for TDs in team history.