Saturday night, December 22nd, Calvin Johnson managed to reach another NFL record, surpassing Jerry Rice’s mark of 1,848 receiving yards in a season in the Detroit Lions’ 31-18 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Calvin Johnson reached 225 yards on 11 receptions, which takes him to 1,892 yards on 117 catches so far this season with one game left to play. Johnson achieved 96 receptions for 1,681 yards and 16 touchdowns in the 2011 season, joining Randy Moss, who was the only receiver in NFL history with a record across-the-board season in 2003 for the Minnesota Vikings. Last spring the Lions offered Johnson a record-breaking 8-year, $132 million contract.
“He’s a hard worker. He got the major contract and he’s still hungry, and he wants to get out there and prove to everybody that [he is] the best receiver to ever play the game,” said Rice during the ESPN broadcast Saturday night.
Johnson not only broke Rice’s record but he also broke the record for consecutive 100-yard games, tied Michael Irvin’s record of 11 100-yard games in a season and set a record with hid 4h consecutive 10-catch game.