All the NFL record hype is focused on Adrian Peterson’s pursuit of Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing total. But while everyone’s attention is in Minnesota, Calvin Johnson is marching towards a mark that no receiver has ever been able to achieve, not even Jerry Rice.
Jerry Rice finished the 1995 for the San Francisco 49ers with 1,848 yards receiving, which still stands and an NFL single season record. Calvin Johnson is aiming to break that record and become the first NFL receiver to crack the 2,000 yard mark.
While Eric Dickerson is justifiably and rightfully defensive of Adrian Peterson breaking his single season rushing record, Rice isn’t as protective of his single season record, and welcomes the opportunity for Johnson to break his mark.
“I have 40 records. I don’t mind giving him one,” Rice said of Johnson and the chase for 2,000 receiving yards. “This guy is just awesome on the football field, and it shows his dedication.”
Rice is fully behind Johnson in his chase for the unheard of mark of 2,000 yards by a receiver. It’s difficult for a running back to reach that mark, so if Johnson can get there the achievement would be enormous.
“Calvin wants to get the 2,000 mark,” Rice said. “That was my goal also. I wanted to get to the 2,000 mark. I never knew 1,848 was the record, I wanted to get to 2,000.”
The man they call Megatron needs more 182 yards to best Rice’s 1995 total and he’s 333 yards away from the 2,000 yard mark. Johnson has two more games left this season against the Falcons and the Bears to hit those marks.