Sticking with Drummond Paying off for Lions

The Lions knew Eddie Drummond was something special. That's why they stuck with him through a couple of injury-riddled seasons and brought him back this year.

(ALLEN PARK) The Lions knew Eddie Drummond was something special. That's why they stuck with him through a couple of injury-riddled seasons and brought him back this year.

And Drummond paid dividends again this week with punt-return touchdowns of 55 yards and 83 yards in the 23-17 overtime loss to Jacksonville.

In scoring two punt-return touchdowns in one game, Drummond, a former Penn State running back signed by the Lions as an undrafted rookie three years ago, performed a feat that only 12 others have accomplished in the NFL before him.

Jack Christiansen did it twice in the 1951 season, and Eddie Payton had two return touchdowns -- one on a kickoff, the other on a punt -- in the 1977 season.

Drummond's first punt-return touchdown came on what was essentially a free return after a Jaguars player touched the ball while trying to down it.

"The first one was just knowing the rules of the game," he explained. "Once the punt team touches the ball, if I can get the ball I can do whatever I want with no consequences."

The second punt-return touchdown was achieved the traditional way -- by outflanking and outrunning the punting team.

"That was just adrenaline and having vision," Drummond said. "It was more of a middle return, but you've got to have instincts so I took it to the outside and saw daylight."

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