Interception yards is a statistic that records the amount of yards gained from the place a player intercepts the ball to the place the player is tackled or goes out of bounds.
Interception yards is a key statistic because it gains valuable field position that the offense will not have to gain. The interceptions that gain the most yards after the interception are ones that come off of short out breaking routes. This is because the player intercepts the ball with little of the other team's offense in front of him, often resulting in a touchdown. Ed Reed of the Baltimore Ravens holds the record for most interception yards off of one interception, with 108 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles in November of 2008.