ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -
The linebacker sprawled out and barely got a hand on Trindon Holliday.
Not enough of a hand.
Eight seconds later, Holliday was gone. The NFL's shortest -- and quite possibly fastest -- player says he has never been caught from behind and it didn't come close to happening last Sunday, either. His 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown went down as the longest play in Broncos history.
This was, actually, the fourth time the 5-foot-5 Holliday had returned a kick for a score this year. The first three came in the preseason with the Houston Texans, which is why the second-year player made the team.
But Houston struggled in its return game, and on Oct. 10, the Texans cut ties and the Broncos swooped in.
It looks like the Broncos investment in Holliday is paying off as he was honored as the AFC Special Teams Player of the week for his performance during the Cincinnati Bengals game.