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Offensive linemen who passed, ran, or received

Offensive linemen1An offense must have at least seven players on the line of scrimmage at the snap. The players on both ends are eligible receivers; the inner five (or more, in rare cases) are the offensive linemen. almost never get the chance to touch the ball after the snap. Their job is to block for the smaller, faster players behind them, and unlike the players lined up on their outside, they are prohibited from catching a forward pass directly from the quarterback.2Offensive lineman are allowed to catch a pass if it has first been touched by any member of the defense, or, since 1978, any eligible teammate.

When a player north of 300 pounds does get the ball, it is worthy of the highlight reel, either for celebration or humor. In certain short-yardage or trick-play situations, NFL teams do design plays for their players who typically play offensive line to receive the ball, but they do it by moving those players to eligible positions as an extra tight end or an oversized fullback.3NCAA teams have occasionally designed plays for their offensive linemen, whether it be the now-outlawed Fumblerooski or the backward pass to the left tackle. These are big-man plays, but they are not offensive-lineman plays in the true definition of the position.

But there have been a select few players who have garnered skill-position-player statistics on plays where they lined up as legitimate offensive linemen. It takes a certain type of play for this to happen…4Sound on for this one.

 

The lists below detail each of the times since 1950 offensive linemen have participated as passers, rushers, or receivers.

Not included on the lists below are plays that were negated by penalty (e.g., Robert Hunt’s would-be touchdown, negated by illegal touching), plays where players who typically lined up at offensive line were lined up at eligible positions (e.g., Jumbo Elliott’s touchdown in the Jets’ Monday Night Miracle comeback), fumble recoveries, or kick returns.5Also not included are plays where the center failed to get the ball to the quarterback but the scorer improperly assigned the statistically mandated 0-yard quarterback run to the center (e.g., this play). This misscoring happens about once every three years.

Plays on which offensive linemen passed the ball (1950-present)6As a whole, NFL offensive lineman have a career passer rating of 39.6, better than 1998 #2 overall pick Ryan Leaf achieved in his rookie season.

wdt_ID Year Date Player Tm Opp Comp Att Pct Result TD Int Video Note Snippet
1 2004 10/24/2004 Jeff Saturday IND JAX 0 1 0.000 incomplete 0 0
2 1980 11/16/1980 Charley Hannah TB MIN 0 1 0.000 incomplete 0 0

On the last play of a 27-24 loss, Colts center Jeff Saturday directly caught a forward pass from Peyton Manning then, while still behind the line of scrimmage, pitched the ball forward as he was being tackled. This, the second forward pass on the play, should have been illegal; however, a combination of the end of the game and two other Colts penalties led to Saturday’s pass becoming part of the official record.

Referee Terry McAulay announced that flags for offensive holding and illegal touching7Saturday, an ineligible receiver, could not legally catch a pass unless an eligible receiver touched it first. were declined, but that the illegal second forward pass penalty was accepted. The distracted Indianapolis scorekeeper missed the last part of McAulay’s announcement, marked that all three fouls were declined, and no subsequent correction was made, leaving the play completely unnegated in the NFL’s statistics. According to statistical guidelines, when two forward passes are made behind the line and the illegal one is not nullified, only the second pass is counted, so Saturday got credit for his incomplete pass but not his -2-yard reception.8Accepting the holding penalty would have negated both Saturday’s catch and pass, but what’s the fun in that?

Buccaneers right tackle Charley Hannah’s pass also included a penalty. Hannah was thrown a backwards pass from Doug Williams, who was trying to avoid a sack during the two-minute drill at the end of the first half. Though Hannah’s catch was legal, Hannah thought there would be a penalty for illegal touching of a FORWARD pass, so he spiked the ball into the ground. Vikings defensive end Randy Holloway then picked the ball up and ran to the end zone for a would-be touchdown. After a long discussion amongst the officials, Hannah was charged with an incomplete pass and a 14-yard penalty for intentional grounding.

Plays on which offensive linemen ran the ball (1950-present)9As a whole, NFL offensive lineman have a career yards per carry of 8.55, far exceeding that of any running back in the Hall of Fame.

On a running play involving laterals, only the player who first crosses the line of scrimmage is credited with a carry; everyone else involved after that gets statistically credited with his share of the rushing yardage but gets no rushing attempt.

wdt_ID Date Player Tm Opp Att Yds Avg TD Video Post Note
1 11/22/2015 Joe Reitz IND ATL 1 0 0.0 0 pitch from QB to avoid sack on 3&1; Reitz slid just short of line to gain
2 09/16/2007 Jacob Bell TEN IND 1 -15 -15.0 0 end-of-game pitch from QB
3 09/08/2002 John Tait KC CLE 1 28 28.0 0 end-of-game pitch from QB; CLE LB Dwayne Rudd threw his helmet for 15-yard penalty as Tait ran downfield, which extended game for one untimed down and the game-winning field goal
4 10/24/1999 Robert Hicks BUF SEA 1 -2 -2.0 0 end-of-game pitch from QB
5 11/21/1993 John Fina BUF IND 1 -2 -2.0 0 handoff from QB to avoid sack
6 10/01/1989 Lomas Brown DET PIT 1 3 3.0 0 pitch from QB to avoid sack
7 11/24/1983 Luis Sharpe StL Cards DAL 1 11 11.0 0 QB's arm hit while throwing and backwards pass caught in air; should have been scored as fumble
8 09/13/1981 Dan Neal CHI SF 1 -6 -6.0 0 pitch from QB to avoid sack
9 10/17/1977 Glenn Bujnoch CIN PIT 1 4 4.0 1 pitch from QB to avoid sack; ran for TD
10 12/03/1972 Ralph Neely DAL StL Cards 1 10 10.0 0 pitch from QB to avoid sack; came up 1 yard short of first down
11 11/08/1970 Mitch Johnson LAR ATL 1 1 1.0 0 pitch from QB to avoid sack on 3&8 down 7 with 2 minutes left
13 09/29/1968 Willie Young NYG WAS 1 -5 -5.0 0 pitch from QB to avoid sack
14 12/01/1968 Willie Young NYG CLE 0 5 0.0 0 lateral from QB who had crossed line of scrimmage
15 12/08/1968 Willie Young NYG StL Cards 1 -2 -2.0 0 pitch from QB to avoid sack
16 12/18/1966 Ken Iman LAR GB 1 2 2.0 0 pitch from QB to avoid sack
17 10/10/1965 Daryl Sanders DET Bal Colts 1 2 2.0 0 details unknown
18 09/19/1965 Pat Shea SD OAK 1 -5 -5.0 0 pitch from QB to avoid sack; Shea: "All I wanted to do was lay down."
19 09/20/1964 Dick Hudson BUF DEN 1 1 1.0 0 pitch from QB to avoid sack
20 12/02/1962 Art Anderson CHI NYG 1 7 7.0 0 end-of-game lateral
23 11/03/1957 Steve Myhra Bal Colts PIT 1 1 1.0 0 details unknown
24 10/15/1950 Weldon Humble CLE Chi Cards 1 -10 -10.0 0 details unknown
25 10/21/1973 Dennis Nelson BAL Colts DET 0 3 0.0 0 lateral from QB who had crossed line of scrimmage
26 10/03/1971 Tom Neville NE BAL Colts 0 -8 0.0 0 pitch from QB trying to avoid sack; miscorrected to lateral for unknown reason
27 12/10/1967 Pete Case NYG DET 0 16 0.0 0 lateral from QB who had crossed line of scrimmage; combined 29 yards Giants' longest play of game
28 11/12/1967 Ed Flanagan DET MIN 0 5 0.0 0 lateral; details unknown
29 11/12/1967 Darrell Dess NYG CHI 0 1 0.0 1 lateral from QB who had crossed line of scrimmage; ran for TD
30 12/18/1966 Greg Larson NYG DAL 0 -2 0.0 0 last-drive lateral from RB on 1&goal
31 09/26/1965 Walt Sweeney SD KC 0 8 0.0 0 last play lateral in tie game
32 09/13/1964 Grady Alderman MIN Bal Colts 0 6 0.0 0 lateral from QB after crossing line of scrimmage
33 11/22/1964 Grady Alderman MIN DET 0 16 0.0 0 lateral from QB after crossing line of scrimmage
34 12/20/1964 Frank Youso OAK SD 0 4 0.0 0 ball knocked out of QB's hands behind line of scrimmage; misscored as lateral instead of fumble
35 09/07/1963 Ernie Barnes DEN KC 0 2 0.0 0 lateral from QB to avoid sack; misscored as lateral
36 10/08/1961 Mike McCormack CLE WAS 0 4 0.0 0 lateral from RB on penultimate play of 1H
37 09/18/1960 Bob Talamini Hou Oilers LAC 0 14 0.0 0 lateral; details unknown
38 09/23/1960 Mike Nichols DEN NY Titans 0 3 0.0 0 lateral; details unknown
39 11/22/1959 Charlie Ane DET CHI 0 10 0.0 0 recovered RB fumble and ran for first down; possibly misscored
40 10/05/1958 Jim Ringo GB DET 0 13 0.0 0 pitch from QB to avoid sack; gained first down; misscored as lateral
41 12/14/1958 Jim Salsbury GB LAR 0 3 0.0 0 lateral from QB after crossing line of scrimmage
42 10/20/1957 Mike McCormack CLE PHI 0 4 0.0 0 pitch from QB to avoid sack; misscored as lateral
43 10/06/1956 Frank Varrichione PIT CLE 0 -2 0.0 0 forward pass to ineligible receiver; no flag thrown and misscored as lateral
44 11/01/1953 Abe Gibron CLE WAS 0 -7 0.0 0 lateral; details unknown
45 11/19/1950 Joel Williams Bal Colts NYG 0 50 0.0 1 lateral from RB after 19-yard run; 4th play of game; ran for TD

Plays on which offensive linemen caught the ball (1950-present)10NFL offensive lineman have an official catch rate well above any other position’s.

On a passing play involving laterals, only the original receiver is credited with a catch; everyone else involved after that gets statistically credited with his share of the receiving yardage but gets no reception.

wdt_ID Date Player Tm Opp Rec Yds Avg TD Video Post Note
1 01/11/2020 Garrett Bradbury MIN SF 1 2 2.0 0 NFC Divisional downfield pass broken up; NFC Divisional
2 09/20/2020 Bobby Massie CHI NYG 1 4 0.0 0 downfield pass broken up; converted 4&2
3 12/08/2019 Garrett Bradbury MIN DET 1 -4 -4.0 0 deflected by defender behind line
4 11/14/2019 Wyatt Teller CLE PIT 1 -5 -5.0 0 deflected by defender
5 10/28/2019 Michael Deiter MIA PIT 1 0 0.0 0 deflected by defender
6 10/13/2019 Kaleb McGary ATL ARI 1 -3 -3.0 0 details unknown
7 12/09/2018 Joe Staley SF DEN 1 -5 -5.0 0 deflected by defender
8 11/12/2018 Spencer Pulley NYG SF 1 -2 -2.0 0 downfield pass broken up
9 09/23/2018 Ryan Kelly IND PHI 1 -4 -4.0 0 tipped by eligible teammate behind line of scrimmage
10 12/24/2017 Brent Qvale NYJ LAC 0 -2 0.0 0 end-of-game multilateral play
11 11/12/2017 Hroniss Grasu CHI GB 0 2 0.0 0 end-of-game lateral
12 11/06/2017 Brian Mihalik DET GB 1 -4 -4.0 0 deflected by defender
13 09/24/2017 Kevin Zeitler CLE IND 1 -4 -4.0 0 deflected by defender
14 11/20/2016 Eric Fisher KC TB 0 -5 0.0 0 end-of-game multilateral play
15 12/10/2015 Mike Iupati ARI MIN 1 10 10.0 0 deflected by defender
16 11/22/2015 Wesley Johnson NYJ HOU 1 -5 -5.0 0 deflected by defender
17 10/19/2015 Ereck Flowers NYG PHI 1 -11 -11.0 0 deflected off ineligible teammate's helmet; penalty declined
18 10/11/2015 Donald Penn OAK DEN 1 3 3.0 0 deflected by defender
19 01/03/2015 Lyle Sendlein ARI CAR 0 -5 0.0 0 NFC Wild Card end-of-game multilateral play; NFC Wild Card
20 12/28/2014 Maurkice Pouncey PIT CIN 1 0 0.0 0 deflected by defender
21 11/30/2014 Gabe Jackson OAK StL Rams 1 -6 -6.0 0 screen pass broken up
22 11/23/2014 Brian Schwenke TEN PHI 1 6 6.0 0 deflected by defender
23 11/09/2014 Khalif Barnes OAK DEN 1 1 1.0 0 pass to ineligible receiver to avoid sack; penalty declined due to Barnes fumble
24 09/08/2014 Gabe Jackson OAK NYJ 1 1 1.0 0 deflected by defender
25 12/01/2013 Kyle Long CHI MIN 1 -1 -1.0 0 deflected by defender
26 11/24/2013 Samson Satele IND ARI 1 0 0.0 0 deflected by defender
27 12/30/2012 Senio Kelemete ARI SF 1 10 10.0 0 downfield pass broken up
28 11/04/2012 Lance Louis CHI TEN 1 4 4.0 0 deflected by defender
29 10/28/2012 Jeromey Clary SD CLE 1 -8 -8.0 0 deflected by defender
30 10/21/2012 Jordan Gross CAR DAL 0 1 0.0 0 end-of-game multilateral play
31 09/09/2012 Robert Turner StL Rams DET 0 4 0.0 0 next-to-last-play lateral
32 01/01/2012 Matt Slauson NYJ MIA 1 1 1.0 0 deflected by defender
33 11/27/2011 Eugene Amano TEN TB 1 7 7.0 0 deflected by defender
34 09/11/2011 Donald Penn TB DET 0 2 0.0 0 end-of-game multilateral play
35 12/12/2010 Mike Gibson SEA SF 1 -2 -2.0 0 deflected by defender
36 10/24/2010 Chris Williams CHI WAS 1 4 4.0 0 downfield pass broken up
37 09/12/2010 Mike McGlynn PHI GB 1 1 1.0 0 deflected by eligible teammate
38 12/13/2009 Chris Kuper DEN IND 0 7 0.0 0 last-drive 4th-down lateral
39 12/07/2009 Mark Tauscher GB BAL 1 -3 -3.0 0 deflected by defender
40 11/29/2009 Jeremy Zuttah TB ATL 0 1 0.0 0 end-of-game multilateral play
41 10/11/2009 Donald Penn TB PHI 1 15 15.0 0 deflected by defender
42 10/04/2009 Michael Oher BAL NE 1 -8 -8.0 0 deflected by defender
43 12/28/2008 Darrelle Revis NYJ MIA 0 -1 0.0 0 end-of-game multilateral play; normally a DB but lined up at LT
44 12/28/2008 Ahmad Carroll NYJ MIA 0 13 0.0 0 end-of-game multilateral play; normally a DB but lined up at LG
45 10/27/2008 Charlie Johnson IND TEN 1 -2 -2.0 0 details unknown
46 10/12/2008 Samson Satele MIA HOU 0 -3 0.0 0 end-of-game multilateral play
47 10/12/2008 Pete Kendall WAS StL Rams 1 -9 -9.0 0 deflected by defender; fumbled and returned for TD
48 11/26/2007 Rex Hadnot MIA PIT 0 -2 0.0 0 end-of-game multilateral play
49 10/01/2007 Logan Mankins NE CIN 1 -9 -9.0 0 QB's arm hit while throwing; penalty declined
50 09/16/2007 Nick Mangold NYJ BAL 1 -3 -3.0 0 deflected by defender
51 11/20/2005 Vince Manuwai JAX TEN 1 -1 -1.0 0 deflected by defender
52 10/09/2005 Michael Roos TEN HOU 1 -7 -7.0 0 deflected by defender
53 09/11/2005 Jeff Faine CLE CIN 1 -1 -1.0 0 deflected off umpire's head; illegal touching penalty declined
54 09/26/2004 Cosey Coleman TB OAK 1 4 4.0 0 deflected by defender
55 01/04/2004 Steve Hutchinson SEA GB 1 5 0.0 0 NFC Wild Card deflected by defender; NFC Wild Card
56 11/30/2003 Joe Andruzzi NE IND 1 0 0.0 0 deflected by defender
57 11/16/2003 Adam Timmerman StL Rams CHI 1 -7 -7.0 0 deflected by defender
58 11/02/2003 Cornell Green TB NO 0 -3 0.0 0 end-of-game multilateral play
59 11/02/2003 Cosey Coleman TB NO 0 1 0.0 0 end-of-game multilateral play
60 10/05/2003 Olin Kreutz CHI OAK 1 -8 -8.0 0 deflected by defender
61 12/15/2002 Jason Starkey ARI StL Rams 1 7 7.0 0 deflected by defender
62 12/08/2002 Ruben Brown BUF NE 1 -6 -6.0 0 details unknown
63 10/20/2002 Todd Weiner ATL CAR 1 0 0.0 0 deflected,by defender; lateraled back to QB
64 10/06/2002 Adam Timmerman StL Rams SF 0 3 0.0 0 late-4Q lateral
65 09/15/2002 Mike Wahle GB NO 1 7 7.0 0 deflected by defender
66 10/21/2001 Steve McKinney IND NE 1 5 5.0 0 deflected by defender
67 12/03/2000 Kyle Turley NO DEN 1 16 16.0 0 deflected by eligible teammate
68 09/10/2000 Bubba Miller PHI NYG 1 9 9.0 0 deflected by defender
69 01/30/2000 Fred Miller StL Rams TEN 1 -1 0.0 0 SB XXXIV deflected by defender; first play of Super Bowl XXXIV
70 12/26/1999 Orlando Bobo CLE IND 1 3 3.0 0 deflected by defender
71 10/17/1999 Robert Hicks BUF OAK 1 -6 -6.0 0 deflected by defender
72 09/12/1999 Zach Wiegert JAX SF 1 -3 -3.0 0 deflected by defender
73 01/02/1999 Tim Ruddy MIA BUF 1 8 8.0 0 AFC Wild Card deflected by defender; AFC Wild Card
74 11/22/1998 James Atkins BAL CIN 1 0 0.0 0 deflected by defender
75 10/18/1998 John Flannery StL Rams MIA 1 2 2.0 0 deflected by defender
76 10/04/1998 Will Shields KC SEA 1 4 4.0 0 deflected by defender
77 11/30/1997 Tarik Glenn IND NE 1 3 3.0 0 QB's arm hit while throwing
78 11/30/1997 Zach Wiegert StL Rams WAS 1 1 1.0 0 deflected by defender
79 11/02/1997 Mike Gruttadauria StL Rams ATL 1 0 0.0 0 deflected by defender
80 10/19/1997 Tom Nalen DEN OAK 1 -1 -1.0 0 deflected by defender
81 11/24/1996 Ray Roberts DET CHI 0 5 0.0 0 end-of-1H multilateral play
82 09/30/1996 Guy McIntyre PHI DAL 1 4 4.0 0 deflected by defender
83 09/22/1996 Corey Louchiey BUF DAL 1 0 0.0 0 deflected by defender
84 12/24/1995 Korey Stringer MIN CIN 1 -1 -1.0 0 deflected by defender
85 12/03/1995 John Gerak MIN TB 1 3 3.0 0 deflected by defender
86 11/20/1995 Chris Dalman SF MIA 1 -1 -1.0 0 deflected by eligible teammate
87 11/19/1995 Mark Dennis CAR ARI 1 3 3.0 0 deflected by defender
88 11/13/1994 David Alexander PHI CLE 1 0 0.0 0 deflected by defender
89 10/24/1994 David Alexander PHI Hou Oilers 1 1 1.0 0 downfield pass broken up
90 09/19/1994 Derek Kennard DAL DET 1 -3 -3.0 0 deflected by defender
91 01/23/1994 Dave Szott KC BUF 1 6 0.0 0 playoffs deflected by defender
92 11/07/1993 Bill Fralic DET TB 1 -4 -4.0 0 deflected by defender
93 10/11/1993 Erik Norgard Hou Oilers BUF 1 13 13.0 0 deflected by defender
94 10/03/1993 Chris Hinton ATL CHI 1 -8 -8.0 0 deflected by defender
95 09/26/1993 Ray Roberts SEA CIN 1 4 4.0 0 deflected by defender
96 11/30/1992 Doug Widell DEN SEA 1 -7 -7.0 0 deflected by eligible teammate
97 11/15/1992 Richard Cooper NO SF 0 20 0.0 0 end-of-game lateral
98 10/05/1992 John Gesek DAL PHI 1 4 4.0 0 downfield pass broken up
99 09/27/1992 Chris Hinton ATL CHI 1 -2 -2.0 0 deflected by defender
100 09/29/1991 Keith Sims MIA NYJ 1 9 9.0 0 deflected by defender
101 12/02/1990 Joel Hilgenberg NO DAL 1 9 9.0 0 deflected by defender
102 10/08/1990 Ken Lanier DEN CLE 1 -4 -4.0 0 deflected by defender
103 11/05/1989 Grant Feasel SEA KC 1 5 5.0 0 deflected by eligible teammate
104 12/18/1988 Nate Newton DAL PHI 1 2 2.0 0 deflected by defender
105 12/04/1988 Sean Farrell NE SEA 1 4 4.0 0 deflected by defender
106 12/04/1988 Chris Hinton IND MIA 1 1 1.0 0 deflected by defender
107 10/31/1988 Ray Donaldson IND DEN 1 -3 -3.0 0 deflected by defender
108 12/27/1987 Ben Utt IND TB 1 -4 -4.0 0 deflected by defender
109 12/13/1987 Reggie Singletary PHI MIA 1 -11 -11.0 0 deflected by defender
110 10/04/1987 Jim Boyle PIT ATL 1 0 0.0 0 deflected by defender; scab game
111 09/13/1987 Bryan Millard SEA DEN 1 -5 -5.0 0 deflected by defender
112 12/28/1986 Dan Alexander NYJ KC 1 -1 0.0 0 AFC Wild Card deflected by defender; AFC Wild Card
113 12/21/1986 Rick Mallory TB StL Cards 1 9 9.0 0 deflected by unknown
114 10/26/1986 Mark Bortz CHI DET 1 8 8.0 0 deflected by eligible teammate
115 10/12/1986 Edwin Bailey SEA LA Raiders 1 3 3.0 0 deflected by defender
116 10/05/1986 Brian Holloway NE MIA 1 5 5.0 0 deflected by defender
117 12/08/1984 Kevin Belcher NYG StL Cards 1 4 4.0 0 deflected by defender
118 10/14/1984 Phil Pozderac DAL WAS 1 1 1.0 0 deflected by defender
119 10/07/1984 Dave Studdard DEN DET 1 -4 -4.0 0 deflected by defender
120 09/23/1984 Robert Pratt SEA CHI 1 30 30.0 0 deflected by defender; converted 2&29
121 10/16/1983 Tom Rafferty DAL PHI 1 8 8.0 0 deflected by defender
122 12/20/1981 Ken Huff Bal Colts NE 1 -1 -1.0 0 deflected by defender
123 11/08/1981 Jeff Bostic WAS DET 1 -4 -4.0 0 deflected by defender
124 10/04/1981 Emanuel Zanders CHI MIN 1 7 7.0 0 deflected by defender
125 09/06/1981 Dave Lafary NO ATL 1 5 5.0 0 deflected by defender
126 10/26/1980 Ron Yary MIN GB 1 5 5.0 0 deflected by unknown
127 10/05/1980 Anthony Munoz CIN GB 1 -6 -6.0 0 deflected by defender
128 12/03/1979 Dave Dalby OAK NO 1 1 1.0 0 deflected by eligible teammate
129 11/18/1979 Russ Bolinger DET MIN 1 -1 -1.0 0 QB's arm hit while throwing
130 10/29/1978 John Roman NYJ NE 1 -2 -2.0 0 deflected by defender
131 10/15/1978 Greg Sampson Hou Oilers BUF 1 -4 -4.0 0 deflected by unknown
132 12/24/1977 Robert Pratt Bal Colts OAK 1 -3 -3.0 0 AFC Divisional deflected by defender; AFC Divisional
133 11/28/1976 Charlie Getty KC SD 1 -5 -5.0 0 deflected by defender
134 11/21/1976 Melvin Jackson GB MIN 1 8 8.0 0 deflected by defender
135 11/21/1976 Mike Montler BUF SD 1 6 6.0 0 deflected by defender
136 11/14/1976 Tommy Lyons DEN SD 1 -1 -1.0 0 deflected by defender
137 10/31/1976 Dan Ryczek TB KC 1 6 6.0 0 deflected by defender; converted 4&4
138 10/17/1976 Dennis Harrah LAR CHI 0 3 0.0 0 lateral 15 yards downfield; play had already converted 3&6
139 12/14/1975 Jeff Sevy CHI StL Cards 1 6 6.0 0 details unknown
140 11/09/1975 Charlie Cowan LAR SF 1 1 1.0 0 deflected by defender
142 10/20/1975 John Hicks NYG BUF 1 5 5.0 0 QB hit while throwing
143 09/21/1975 Noah Jackson CHI Bal Colts 1 17 17.0 0 deflected by defender
144 11/03/1974 Bob Johnson CIN Bal Colts 1 3 3.0 0 deflected by defender
145 09/22/1974 Donnie Green BUF MIA 1 0 0.0 0 deflected by defender
146 11/18/1973 Larron Jackson DEN PIT 1 -2 -2.0 0 deflected by defender
147 10/21/1973 Mo Moorman KC CIN 1 -1 -1.0 0 deflected by defender
148 10/14/1973 Willie Young NYG WAS 1 -5 -5.0 0 deflected by defender
149 09/30/1973 John Ward MIN GB 1 1 1.0 0 deflected by defender
150 10/23/1972 Ed White MIN CHI 0 3 0.0 0 last-drive lateral on CHI8 down 3; drive stalled from there and FG missed
151 12/25/1971 Ed White MIN DAL 1 -2 0.0 0 NFC Divisional deflected by defender; NFC Divisional
152 12/19/1971 George Kunz ATL NO 1 2 2.0 0 details unknown
153 10/31/1971 Mike Schnitker DEN PHI 1 -11 -11.0 0 QB hit while throwing
154 10/24/1971 Bob Reynolds StL Cards SF 1 -4 -4.0 0 deflected by defender
155 10/18/1970 Rocky Freitas DET CLE 1 -8 -8.0 0 deflected by defender
156 10/19/1969 Willie Young NYG WAS 1 8 8.0 0 deflected by defender
157 11/10/1968 Justin Canale Bos Pats SD 1 0 0.0 0 deflected by defender
158 11/03/1968 Greg Larson NYG Bal Colts 0 1 0.0 0 lateral on 3rd down; set up 4&1
159 11/03/1968 Al Bemiller BUF NYJ 1 0 0.0 0 deflected by defender
160 09/29/1968 John Wittenborn Hou Oilers OAK 1 -8 -8.0 0 deflected by defender
161 11/12/1967 Chuck Walton DET MIN 1 -4 -4.0 0 details unknown
162 11/20/1966 Frank Marchlewski ATL NYG 0 1 0.0 0 details unknown
163 11/20/1966 Mitch Johnson WAS CLE 1 1 1.0 0 deflected by defender
164 11/06/1966 Rick Sortun StL Cards NYG 1 7 7.0 0 details unknown
165 09/04/1966 Joe O'Donnell BUF SD 1 2 2.0 0 thrown to ineligible receiver; penalty declined to set up 4&8
166 12/12/1965 Bob McCullough DEN Bos Pats 1 1 1.0 0 deflected by defender
167 09/12/1964 Sonny Bishop Hou Oilers SD 1 0 0.0 0 deflected by defender; lateraled back to QB
168 12/23/1962 Sonny Bishop Dal Texans Hou Oilers 1 -6 0.0 0 AFL Championship deflected by defender; AFL Championship
169 12/23/1962 Al Jamison Hou Oilers Dal Texans 1 -9 -9.0 0 deflected by defender; lateraled back to QB; AFL Championship
170 11/23/1961 Bob O'Neil NY Titans BUF 1 -13 -13.0 0 deflected by defender; O'Neil then threw ball down thinking he was ineligible, fumble recovered by BUF
171 11/05/1961 Joe Scibelli LAR MIN 1 1 1.0 0 deflected by defender
172 10/29/1961 Dick Szymanski Bal Colts CHI 1 5 5.0 0 deflected by defender
173 12/04/1960 Herman Lee CHI GB 1 16 16.0 0 details unknown
174 11/13/1960 Darrell Dess NYG PIT 1 3 3.0 0 details unknown
175 11/06/1960 Frank Varrichione PIT PHI 0 -7 0.0 0 lateral after 3-yard pass
176 11/04/1960 Jack Klotz NY Titans LAC 0 5 0.0 0 details unknown
177 10/28/1960 Walt Cudzik Bos Pats LAC 1 11 11.0 0 deflected by defender
178 10/13/1957 Bob Gaona PHI CLE 1 -9 -9.0 0 deflected by defender
179 09/26/1954 Bob Gaona PIT GB 0 25 0.0 0 3Q lateral from Ray Matthews
180 12/13/1953 Gino Marchetti Bal Colts SF 0 19 0.0 0 lateral from Dan Edwards
181 11/08/1953 Doug Hogland SF LAR 1 -2 -2.0 0 deflected by defender
182 10/25/1953 George Connor CHI LAR 1 17 17.0 0 details unknown
183 10/26/1952 John Wozniak Dal Texans SF 1 -1 -1.0 0 details unknown
184 10/12/1952 Bruno Banducci SF DET 1 -4 -4.0 0 details unknown
185 10/12/1952 Tex Coulter NYG CLE 1 9 9.0 0 deflected by defender
186 03/01/1952 George Hughes PIT ? 0 2 0.0 0 details unknown
187 03/01/1952 Bulldog Turner CHI ? 1 2 2.0 0 details unknown
188 12/16/1951 Jim Martin DET SF 0 10 0.0 0 details unknown
189 11/25/1951 John Wozniak NYY SF 1 4 4.0 0 details unknown
190 11/18/1951 Bill Johnson SF Chi Cards 0 3 0.0 0 details unknown
191 10/28/1951 Vic Lindskog PHI WAS 0 21 0.0 0 3Q lateral from Pete Pihos
192 10/14/1951 John Magee PHI GB 0 7 0.0 0 details unknown
193 03/01/1951 Herb Hannah NYG ? 0 8 0.0 0 details unknown
194 03/01/1951 Bill Murray NYG ? 1 -4 -4.0 0 details unknown
195 11/19/1950 Al DeMao WAS CLE 1 4 4.0 0 details unknown
196 09/24/1950 Bruno Banducci SF CHI 0 11 0.0 1 1Q lateral
197 09/22/1950 Gil Bouley LAR NYY 1 11 11.0 0 details unknown
198 03/01/1950 Ed Bagdon Chi Cards ? 1 19 19.0 0 details unknown
199 03/01/1950 Ernie Blandin BAL ? 1 16 16.0 0 details unknown
200 12/12/2021 Taylor Decker DET DEN 1 -2 -2.0 0 deflected by defender
201 01/02/2022 Garrett Bradbury MIN GB 1 21 21.0 0 downfield pass broken up
202 12/27/2020 Charlie Heck HOU CIN 0 8 0.0 0 end-of-game multilateral play
203 12/27/2020 Max Scharping HOU CIN 0 7 0.0 0 end-of-game multilateral play

Footnotes

  • 1
    An offense must have at least seven players on the line of scrimmage at the snap. The players on both ends are eligible receivers; the inner five (or more, in rare cases) are the offensive linemen.
  • 2
    Offensive lineman are allowed to catch a pass if it has first been touched by any member of the defense, or, since 1978, any eligible teammate.
  • 3
    NCAA teams have occasionally designed plays for their offensive linemen, whether it be the now-outlawed Fumblerooski or the backward pass to the left tackle.
  • 4
    Sound on for this one.
  • 5
    Also not included are plays where the center failed to get the ball to the quarterback but the scorer improperly assigned the statistically mandated 0-yard quarterback run to the center (e.g., this play). This misscoring happens about once every three years.
  • 6
    As a whole, NFL offensive lineman have a career passer rating of 39.6, better than 1998 #2 overall pick Ryan Leaf achieved in his rookie season.
  • 7
    Saturday, an ineligible receiver, could not legally catch a pass unless an eligible receiver touched it first.
  • 8
    Accepting the holding penalty would have negated both Saturday’s catch and pass, but what’s the fun in that?
  • 9
    As a whole, NFL offensive lineman have a career yards per carry of 8.55, far exceeding that of any running back in the Hall of Fame.
  • 10
    NFL offensive lineman have an official catch rate well above any other position’s.

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