Sunday night, the Kansas City Chiefs won a 30-27 overtime thriller against the Denver Broncos with a field goal that bounced through the left upright as time expired. With the Chiefs in the hunt for a playoff spot, rookie wide receiver Tyreek Hill put on a historic showing.
The fifth-round draft pick out of Oklahoma State gave a direct shot of adrenaline into the heart of the Chiefs with three-touchdown performance.
What made Hill’s efforts so historic is the fashion in which he repeatedly reached the end zone: an 86-yard kick return TD off of a safety, a 3-yard TD rush, and a 3-yard TD reception. The 5’10” receiver shared a high-five with teammate De’Anthony Thomas towards the end of his kick return touchdown with the Broncos special teams left in his dust.
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The last man to score a kickoff return TD, rush TD, and TD reception in the same game was the Kansas Comet, Gale Sayers of the Chicago Bears during Week 5 of the 1965 season against the Minnesota Vikings. The Hall of Fame running back’s feat stood for 51 years without contention.
Hill told the Kansas City Star, “If the ball comes to me, I’m going to make a play”.
His electrifying game left many of his teammates in awe of his 6th gear speed. Chiefs center Mitch Morse quite simply referred to him as, “A freak of nature”.
“He is freaky fast. He can giddy up and go, which doesn’t hurt”, said head coach Andy Reid after the game.
Tyreek also took the time to compare his Kansas City Chiefs to arguably the greatest pro basketball dynasty.
“Yo, we’re like MJ and the Bulls — we don’t panic, man,” Hill said.