Longest punt: 98 yards
Sept. 21, 1969
Steve O'Neal - New York Jets (vs Denver Broncos) - 98 yards
source: Pro Football Hall of Fame
Longest punts, NFL:
98 yards Steve O'Neal, New York Jets v. Denver Broncos, 9/21/1969
The second statistic is much more obscure, as virtually all "longest
pass" records include yards gained after the catch.
The longest "in the air" pass statistic doesn't appear to be listed on
any the NFL record sites on web.
However, an internet user indicates that an NFL record book lists the
longest pass in the air (NOT including the run after the catch) was 83
yards thrown by Don Meredith to Bob Hays (Dallas Cowboys).
"How far was the longest pass in the NFL (not counting the run), and
who threw and caught it?
* Kennys: The statistic is in the NFL record book. The longest pass in
the air was 83 yards thrown by Don Meridith to Bob Hays"
The date of this pass was probably November 13, 1966, when Meredith
threw to Hayes for "95 yards" (this is the conventional statistic
including yards gained after the catch).
See this listing of the Cowboys' longest plays:
"95 - Don Meredith to Bob Hayes @ Washington, Nov. 13, 1966 (TD)."
Note, however, that it's possible, though less likely, that Meredith's
record-setting 83-yard bomb was part of his "86-yard" completion to
Hayes on December 24, 1967.
"86 yards - Don Meredith to Bob Hayes vs. Cleveland (TD) ... ... ...
December 24, 1967
"longest punt in nfl"
"longest pass in the air"
I hope this helps.
Clarification of Answer by
18 Dec 2005 23:08 PST
I'm very sorry, but I'd be very surprised if the statistic that you're
talking about has ever been definitely compiled.
Your original question indicated that you were interested the "in the
air" distance for the pass statistic. The question didn't mention
that you had a similar requirement with respect to the punt statistic.
You wrote: "Regarding the pass statistic I am only interested in the
distance the pass was in the air, not total yards gained."
If you had stated, "Regarding BOTH statistics, I am only interested in
the distance in the air," then I would not have answered.
Once again, I'm very sorry.