As Vikings running back Adrian Peterson threatens Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing yardage record, Dickerson says he doesn’t want Peterson to top him. But as Lions receiver Calvin Johnson threatens Jerry Rice’s single-season receiving yardage record, Rice has a different view.
Rice, who rewrote the NFL record book during his 20-year career, said on SportsCenter that it won’t bother him if Johnson breaks the record he set in 1995, when he had 1,848 receiving yards.
“I have 40 records. I don’t mind giving him one,” Rice said of Johnson. “This guy is just awesome on the football field, and it shows his dedication.”
In fact, Rice said he’s not only hoping that Megatron (currently at 1,667 yards) gets 182 yards over the Lions’ final two games to break the single-season yardage record. Rice would like to see Megatron get 333 receiving yards over the final two games and become the first player in NFL history to have 2,000 receiving yards in a season.
“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.”
Getting to 2,000 would be a stunning achievement for Johnson, who’s making a strong statement that he’s the best receiver the NFL has seen since Rice was in his prime.