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Undersized and undrafted, Olamide Zaccheaus sets record, proves doubters wrong 

At 5-foot-8, Olamide Zaccheaus has been overlooked his whole life because of his height.

It's something he's always had to overcome when playing football.


Zaccheaus' score is now the longest touchdown pass of Matt Ryan’s career and the third-longest passing play in franchise history.

But rather than choosing to use his size as an excuse for not being able to do some of the things taller receivers can do, he focuses on what he does well.

And the NFL world caught a glimpse of that on Sunday afternoon when Matt Ryan facing the Panthers defense in cover-zero, dropped back on third-and-9 and found Zaccheaus for a 93-yard touchdown.

Not only was the 93-yard touchdown play Zaccheaus' first touchdown, it was also the first catch in his career. Zaccheaus set an NFL record for longest first catch, according to Elias Sports.

"That's pretty cool," Zaccheaus said when told by a reporter he set an NFL record.

Zaccheaus said he was having a hard time tracking the ball at first but once he beat his man, he knew he was headed to the end zone because of the way the fans erupted in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

"I was trying to track the ball and couldn't see until the last second. I'm just grateful I found it and just made a play for the team," Zaccheaus said.

Undrafted out of the University of Virginia in 2019, Zaccheaus turned the heads of many in training camp and preseason.

What he lacks in size he makes up for in speed.

According to Julio Jones, Zaccheaus has been making similar eye-popping plays for a while now, it was just a matter of time until he got his opportunity to showcase his skills in a game.

"I'm very, very happy for him. His first catch, a touchdown, it's amazing," Jones said. "He's been working tremendously hard, giving the defense looks at practice and then having a shot in the game when his number is called to produce, it's amazing."

Although his journey to the NFL hasn't always been the easiest, he's never doubted himself and it paid off as he helped the Falcons secure their fourth win of the season.

"It's just been a grind, really," Zaccheaus said. "Undrafted, overlooked, a lot of things not going my way, but I just know I'm confident in what I can do and I just feel like I can help the team in any way I can."

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