Former Cal quarterback Joe Ayoob (he played in 2005-2006) will likely go into the Guinness Book of World Records for throwing a paper plane 226 feet, 10 inches or about the length of an airline hanger at McClellan Air Force Bace near Sacramento, which is where the throw took place.
Ayoob smashed the previous record by about 20 feet on Monday, says USA Today. The paper also reported that the feat took both skill and tons of practice.
Ayoob told USA Today:
A lot of people could throw this plane and get some pretty crazy distance out of it. But in order to achieve the distances we were trying to reach, it took a pretty precise throw, and it took a lot of strength. ...There's a lot of finesse involved, so it's kind of blending power, balance and control while you're throwing this fragile, little paper airplane.
The official measurement still needs to be verified by the Guinness Book of World Records and so Ayoob will have to hold off on “making T-Shirts and signing book deals,” says Yahoo Sports. (Who knew there was a big market for that stuff?)
Luckily, verification isn’t expected to be a problem, reports ESPN, because “one of the official judges on hand was Stephen Kreiger, the previous record holder.”
Check out the video, it’s pretty thrilling!