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Tony Dorsett’s 99 yard touchdown run at the Vikings on January 3, 1983 is the longest run from scrimmage in NFL history. It remains a league record that can never be broken. Dorsett set the record in front of a national audience on Monday Night Football, breaking the previous NFL record of 97 yards set by Andy Uram in 1939 and Bob Gage in 1949.
Dorsett’s 99 yard run is a rushing record can never be broken because 99 yards is the longest play from scrimmage that can be recorded. Yes, there have been 99 yard touchdown catches in NFL history (13 in history so far). But Dorsett’s play was a rush, not a pass.
An interesting side note about Dorsett’s record: the Cowboys had only 10 men on the field for that particular play. Fullback Ron Springs was unaware of the play call and personnel grouping, so he was not on the field as a lead blocker. Despite the gaffe, the Cowboys offense – thanks to Dorsett’s fleet feet – scored a touchdown. Ultimately, however, the Cowboys lost the game to the Vikings 31-27.