On December 10, 1972, Ahmad Rashad, also known as Bobby Moore, was tackled after receiving a 98 yard pass from Jim Hart to complete the longest pass to not result in a touchdown.
The game resulted in a 24-14 St. Louis Cardinals home victory over the Los Angeles Rams.
Rashad was taken down on the Ram’s one yard line. Donny Anderson took the ball in for a touchdown and Jim Bakken got the extra point, putting the Cardinals up 10-0 in the second quarter.
Hart, a Southern Illinois University gradate was signed as a free agent by the Cardinals as a free agent following the 1966 draft. He played 199 games in 18 seasons with the Cardinals. In his final season, 1984, he played two games with the Washington Redskins.
After retiring, Hart went back to SIU to be the athletic director for the Salukis. In 1999, he was asked to leave his position to assist the university in fundraising when the state cut funding.
Ahmad Rashad was one of the many professional athletes to change his name. He did so at age 23, shortly after graduating from University of Oregon, when he converted to Islam. His 10 seasons with the NFL were split up between the Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills and St. Louis Cardinals.
Rashad went into a sports broadcasting career after retiring from football where. He took the spotlight on Thanksgiving Day in 1985 with a Pregame Show proposal in front of 40,000,000 viewers. His was originally set up with his wife-to-be, Phylicia Ayers-Allen who played Claire Huxtable on the Cosby Show, by Bill Cosby himself.
While the two players had different paths after football, their 98-yard connection is in the books as the longest pass to be caught and not score a touchdown.
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