Friday, July 14, 2017

[OC] The Triple Double in the NFL


In basketball, a triple double is when a player finishes a game with a double digit value in 3 of the 5 major statistics; points, assists, rebounds, steals and blocks.

I was thinking about it and I suddenly became curious -- how common is a triple double in the NFL?

First thing we have to do is determine what the major statistics are for this exercise. The obvious three would be passing yards, rushing yards and receiving yards. If we wanted to fill five categories like in basketball, we could also add kick return yards and punt return yards.

In the NBA, triple doubles are not very rare. There has been 1,450 triple doubles since the 1983-1984 season. That's a lot. That is approximately 44 triple doubles per season. In the 2016-2017 season, the NBA had 137 different occurrences of a triple double. The feat is becoming far more common so that total number of 1,450 is going nowhere but up.

I would imagine that a triple double in the NFL isn't very uncommon either. If you're the primary return specialist for your team and you get a solid 10 yard punt return and then a less solid 10 yard kick return and then finish with 10 rushing yards in the game ... boom, you have a triple double. Nice.

Unfortunately, pro-football reference doesn't have a simple 'Triple Double' button to click because it's not really a thing. That means we'll have to go through each type of possible triple double combination. This should be fun.

RUSHING YARDS, KICK RETURN YARDS, PUNT RETURN YARDS

614 occurrences

RECEIVING YARDS, KICK RETURN YARDS, PUNT RETURN YARDS

1,577 occurrences

PASSING YARDS, KICK RETURN YARDS, PUNT RETURN YARDS

14 occurrences

RUSHING YARDS, RECEIVING YARDS, KICK RETURN YARDS

2,347 occurrences

RUSHING YARDS, RECEIVING YARDS, PUNT RETURN YARDS

748 occurrences

PASSING YARDS, RECEIVING YARDS, KICK RETURN YARDS

28 occurrences

PASSING YARDS, RECEIVING YARDS, PUNT RETURN YARDS

20 occurrences

PASSING YARDS, RUSHING YARDS, KICK RETURN YARDS

38 occurrences

PASSING YARDS, RUSHING YARDS, PUNT RETURN YARDS

13 occurrences

PASSING YARDS, RUSHING YARDS, RECEIVING YARDS

155 occurrences

QUADRUPLE DOUBLE

Okay, this was supposed to be all about triple doubles, but now I got to know. What about quadruple doubles?

There has only been four quadruple doubles in the history of the NBA. Getting a triple double with points, rebounds and assists is fine, but getting 10+ steals or blocks is a crazy feat in itself. Unfortunately, in this project a quadruple double isn't going to be as uncommon.

PASSING YARDS, RUSHING YARDS, RECEIVING YARDS, KICK RETURN YARDS

21 occurrences

PASSING YARDS, RUSHING YARDS, RECEIVING YARDS, PUNT RETURN YARDS

7 occurrences

PASSING YARDS, RUSHING YARDS, KICK RETURN YARDS, PUNT RETURN YARDS

7 occurrences

PASSING YARDS, RECEIVING YARDS, KICK RETURN YARDS, PUNT RETURN YARDS

4 occurrences

RUSHING YARDS, RECEIVING YARDS, KICK RETURN YARDS, PUNT RETURN YARDS

340 occurrences

QUINTUPLE DOUBLE

Finally, the elusive quintuple double. In basketball, this would require 10+ points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. This feat has been accomplished twice -- both of them in girl's high school basketball. It has never occurred professionally. What about the NFL?

PASSING YARDS, RUSHING YARDS, RECEIVING YARDS, KICK RETURN YARDS, PUNT RETURN YARDS

Twice. The link shows 7 occurrences of a quadruple double, but only the top two accumulated at least 10 kick return yards. Fred Jackson and Terry Metcalf are the only two players to ever accomplish a quintuple double in the National Football League.

WHAT ABOUT DEFENSE?

I realized that all of these players are primarily offensive players because of three of the main five stats being from the offensive side of the ball. In the NBA, steals and blocks are both defensive statistics. Nobody cares about defense anyway.

I couldn't think of 5 defensive stats. All I came up with is fumble return yards, interception return yards and tackles. Sacks and interceptions ... well it's not realistic to get 10 of those.

Then it hit me. In the NBA, a 5x5 is when a player gets at least 5 points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. Then I realized nobody has ever gotten 5 sacks and 5 interceptions in a game.

Well, what about a 1x5? One sack, one tackle, one interception, one safety and one forced fumble? I was reaching here, but I wanted to find SOMETHING. And thank god, I did. God bless you James Harrison, the only NFL player to ever accomplish a 1x5.



Submitted July 14, 2017 at 04:22PM by notDAME
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