Former CFL all-star Diontae Spencer scores first NFL touchdown with Denver Broncos

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Former CFL play-maker Diontae Spencer has hit pay dirt for the first time in the NFL.

Spencer took a punt back 83 yards to the end zone for the Denver Broncos on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. He was active for the first time since Week 11 after testing positive for COVID-19.

The 28-year-old had suited up for the Broncos’ first 10 games of the season, recording one reception for seven yards, one rush for nine yards, returning eight kicks for 149 yards and nine punts for 92 yards.

Spencer earned the main returner role in the Mile High City last season when he had 26 punt returns for 208 yards (8.0 average), including two 20-plus yarders and one 40-plus yarder. He also had 15 kickoff returns for 436 yards — including three over 40 yards — and caught six passes for 31 yards with a long of 20 on offence.

Spencer accumulated 644 return yards in 2019, which ranked 10th in the entire NFL. He was named a Pro Bowl alternate for his efforts and earned $495,000 USD in salary overall. The diminutive playmaker is making $675,000 USD for the 2020 NFL season.

The McNeese State University product starred in the CFL. He had his first 1,000-yard receiving season in 2018, accumulating 2,691 total yards and eight touchdowns which earned a league all-star nod for the first time in his career that year. In 2017 Spencer set a new CFL single-game mark with 496 all-purpose yards in one game.

Spencer’s touchdown played a major role in the Broncos 32-27 victory as Denver improved to 5-8.