On This Day in Sports History…September 5th

An NFL record is broken on September 5th 1994! Jim Brown held the all time TD record for skill players with 126 career TDs. That record stood for 29 years until Jerry Rice scored 3 TDs in a blowout win over the Raiders. Jerry caught 2 TDs that day and ran for a third bringing his career total to 127 surpassing Brown on the all time list.

Jerry Rice is the best WR to ever live and it’s really indisputable. Jerry played college ball at Mississippi Valley State University where his 50 receiving TDs was an NCAA record until 2006. Even though he was coming from a small school, you obviously catch the attention of NFL teams when you set an NCAA record. The 49ers traded up to the 16th spot of the 1985 NFL draft. He was also the 1st overall pick in the USFL draft that year, but that league folded the following season.

Rice had a typical rookie season where he showed flashes, but also showed some cases of the drops, but overall he had a great rookie year winning the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. He went on to be named to the 1st Team All-Pro 10 times, he led the league in receiving yards and TDs 6 different times. He was also the last WR to win the NFL AP Offensive Player of the Year Award, which he won twice.

Jerry Rice retired with 22,895 receiving yards. He is obviously in first place on that list, but that’s not the crazy part. The crazy part is that the receiver in 2nd place is over 6,000 yards behind him! That is fucking insane! Not only will he probably hold that record forever, but he also still holds the TD record. Jerry racked up 208 total TDs in his career. 2nd place on that list sits at 175 and the closest active player is Larry Fitzgerald with 116. That record seems to pretty safe as well. But wait, there’s more! He is also the career leader in total receptions with over 1,500 receptions. Tony Gonzalez is second on that list and he is over 200 catches behind him. At this point Jerry set three records that may never be broken. What a fucking legend!

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