Calvin Johnson, the Detroit Lions’ receiver known by most as ‘Megatron’, broke Jerry Rice’s single-season receiving yards record of 1,848, which was set in 1995. Johnson came into Saturday nights’ nationally televised game against the Atlanta Falcons needing 184 yards to supplant Rice.
Johnson easily eclipsed the mark–coming down with 11 balls for 225 yards. He now has 1,892 yards on the season with one game to go. The 6’6, 230 pound receiver understands the enormity of the accomplishment.
“It’s a huge accomplishment to take one of those records from the great Jerry,” Johnson told ESPN’s Lisa Salters after the game. “All the work that we put in this year, I guess you can say it’s well deserved.”
The All-Pro receiver can still attain 2,000 yards and put the record out of reach. With the way he has performed this season, it’s realistic that he will surpass the plateau. “After a game like this, it becomes very realistic,” said Johnson, who’s 108 yards from the barrier. “We’ve got a tough opponent next week, so we’ve got to do our homework.”
Rice was congratulatory about Johnson breaking his record, saying, “I believe records are meant to be broken,” said Rice of Johnson, “and I’ll be the first one to congratulate this guy because I know what he stands for.”
By Jeremiah Short
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