A long kick return for a score is one of the most exciting plays in football. To this day, I can barely contain myself when a Jet takes one back all the way. Just a few weeks ago during the Jets’ listless loss to the Ravens, I was nearly ejected from the Boston bar where I was watching the game after doing a lap around the bar at top speed, screaming “GO JOE! GO JOE! GO JOE!” as Joe McKnight sprinted 107 yards in one of that evening’s only bright spots.
Thus it’s no wonder that images of a 92-yard punt return would still be dancing around my head two days later, despite the fact the Giants ultimately lost ther game to the Eagles on November 22nd, 1992. At the time, I thought that Dave Meggett was on par with contemporaries like Emmitt Smith and Barry Sanders. And why not? For the duration of my football-watching-consciousness, he was one of the most electric returners in the league, playing for a team to which I was regularly exposed.
After 20 years of watching professional football, I know that flash-in-the-pan kick returners come and go, and that even a couple of All-Pro seasons don’t make for a permanent mark in the public’s consciousness. As it turns out, Dave Meggett isn’t an all-time great, he’s an incarcerated, serial sex offender.