Al “Hoagy” Carmichael, historic kickoff return man for the Green Bay Packers, passed away at the ago of 90 on Saturday.
The Packers drafted Carmichael in 1953 in the first-round. The half-back and kick returner spent six seasons with Green Bay before spending two years with the Denver Broncos.
Carmichael’s most notable football achievement came in 1953 against the Chicago Bears. He scored on a 106-yard kickoff return which stood as an NFL record for 51 years. The record was broken in 2007.
The 106-yard return stood as a Packers record for 55 years. Randall Cobb broke the record with a 108-yard return in 2011.
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The story behind the historic kick-return is rather humorous. Carmichael was always determined to run back a kickoff no matter where he caught it from. Earlier, he had gotten into an argument with a Packers’ coach about his tendencies. The exchange didn’t sit well with Carmichael who walked away angry.
That anger fueled his determination even more. He was going to return the next kick no matter where he caught it from. Sure enough, his next kick return stood as an NFL record for over 50 years.
At the conclusion of his time with Green Bay, Carmichael held several other NFL records at the time. He had the most ever kickoff returns (153) and kickoff return yardage (3,907 yards). His achievements earned him a spot in the Packers Hall of Fame in 1974.
Carmichael’s legacy will surely live on.