Former American Football quarterback Joe Ayoob has plenty of experience of making important throws, but he may have made the most significant one of his life on Sunday.

The 27-year-old is said to have smashed the world record for the farthest flight by a paper aircraft after reportedly throwing a dart 226 feet 10 inches in an aircraft hanger at McClellan Air Force base in Sacramento, California

Contrary to some reports, Guinness World Records officials were not in attendance at the event, with GWR currently awaiting evidence in order to verify if a record has been broken.

However, if the measurement is confirmed it would beat the previous benchmark distance of 207 feet and 4 inches set by fellow American Stephen Krieger in Washington, USA, on 6 September 2003.

Joe, who now works as a sales rep for Anchor Brewing Company, played college football for Berkley College in California but missed out on a professional career after failing to be selected during the 2007 NFL draft.

He was enlisted to make the throw by the paper plane's designer John Collins, a TV producer and origami enthusiast who had been working on the record attempt for over four years.

While Collins was confident of his mini aircraft's design, he knew he didn't have the arm strength to challenge the existing record, so recruited Joe to give the record bid a boost.

Speaking to ESPN about his involvement in the attempt, Joe said: "I grew up making paper airplanes, I used to throw them all the way home from school when I was little, so it was kind of up my alley. I thought it was a cool idea."

Stay tuned to, where we'll be the first to confirm if Joe has flown into the record books.