Jerry Rice:Biography And Life: By Ryan C. Beitler

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Jerry Rice Biography

Early years

Jerry Rice was born and raised in Crawford, Mississippi, as the son of a brick mason. He developed his hands while working for his father. His speed also helped him excel in football in high school. He enjoyed watching football on television.

According to his book "Rice" (written with Michael Silver), the school's principal tracked him down for skipping classbut when he called his name the startled Rice sprinted off running. The next morning, the principal called Rice into his office, gave him his punishment (reportedly 5 or 6 lashings with a thick strap), and told the school's football coach about his speed.

As a high school player, he became an All-State end and defensive back (and also played running back and quarterback at times), but was not good enough to warrant scholarship offers from the 40 or so Division I-A schools that showed interest. Even Mississippi State, just 20 miles away, didn't offer a scholarship. But Archie Cooley, coach of Division I-AA Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Mississippi, had heard about Rice. Rice says of Cooley: "no one else came to see me in person." Based on that and it being his only offer, along with the urging of his older brother Tom, Jerry accepted the scholarship from MVSU and arrived in Itta Bena in 1981.

College career

Jerry Rice attended Mississippi Valley State University (from 1980–1984) becoming a standout receiver. He acquired the nickname "World" because there wasn't a ball in the world he couldn't catch. Statistics from his college career are sparse, but the College Football Hall of Fame website claims that Rice, as a sophomore in 1982, caught 66 passes for 1,133 yards and 7 touchdowns. That was his first season playing with redshirt freshman quarterback Willie Totten, nicknamed "Satellite." Together, Totten and Rice would become known as "The Satellite Express" and set numerous NCAA records in the spread offense of coach Archie Cooley, nicknamed "The Gunslinger."

Rice had a record-setting 1983 campaign, including NCAA marks for receptions (102) and receiving yards (1,450) and being named first-team Division I-AA All-America. He also set a single-game NCAA record by catching 24 passes against Southern University. As a senior in 1984, he broke his own Division I-AA records for receptions (112) and receiving yards (1,845). His 27 touchdown receptions in that 1984 season set the NCAA mark for all divisions.

The 1984 season was also memorable for MVSU as the pass-happy Delta Devils attracted national attention, scoring 628 points (an average of more than 59 per game). After an August practice experiment, Cooley had Totten call all the plays at the line of scrimmage without a huddle. The result was even more staggering offensive numbers. Rice caught 17 passes for 199 yards against Southern, 17 for 294 against Kentucky State and 15 for 285 against Jackson State, the first time MVSU beat them since 1954. Rice scored 5 TDs twice that year. He finished his career with 301 catches for 4,693 yards and 50 touchdowns (some sources have the numbers as 310, 4,856 and 51); his NCAA record for total career touchdown receptions stood until 2006, when University of New Hampshire wide receiver David Ball recorded his 51st career receiving touchdown.

Rice was named to every All-American team (including the AP squad) and finished 9th in Heisman Trophy balloting in 1984. In the Blue Gray Classic all-star game played on Christmas Day, he earned MVP honors. Rice wore No. 88 in college, but he switched to No. 80 in the pros.

In the spring of 1999, the school renamed its football stadium from Magnolia Stadium to Rice-Totten Field in honor of Rice and Totten. Rice was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on August 12, 2006.

Professional career

San Francisco 49ers

Rice's 1984 record-breaking season at Mississippi Valley caught the attention of many NFL scouts, but his speed (reportedly only 4.71 in the 40-yard dash)kept most wary, although there were apparently at least two exceptions: the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers. In his autobiography, Rice says the Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, San Diego Chargers, and Indianapolis Colts had kept in contact with him prior to the draft. In the first round of the 1985 NFL draft, Dallas had the 17th selection and San Francisco had the last (as Super Bowl champions from 1984). 49ers coach Bill Walsh reportedly sought Rice after watching highlights of Rice the Saturday night before San Francisco was to play the Houston Oilers on October 21, 1984. On draft day (April 30, 1985), the 49ers traded its first two picks for New England's first-round choice, the 16th selection overall (the teams also swapped third-round picks as part of the deal), and selected Rice before, as some report, the Cowboys were intending to pick him. Rice was prized more highly by the USFL, as he was the #1 pick overall in that short-lived league's 1985 draft.

Although he struggled at times (dropping numerous passes), Rice impressed the NFL in his rookie season for the 49ers in 1985, especially after a 10-catch, 241-yard game against the Los Angeles Rams in December. For that rookie season, he recorded 49 catches for 927 yards, averaging 18.9 yards per catch and was named NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year. (Eddie Brown of the Cincinnati Bengals, one of the two wide receivers taken ahead of Rice, was named the NFL Rookie of the Year.) The following season, he caught 86 passes for a league-leading 1,570 yards and 15 touchdowns. It was the first of six seasons in which Rice would lead the NFL in receiving and touchdown receptions. In 1987, he was named the NFL's MVP by the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) and the Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA) and the Offensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press (AP). Despite playing in only 12 games that year (NFL players strike), he still managed to gain 1,078 receiving yards and an NFL-record 22 touchdown receptions which stood until 2007 when it was broken by Randy Moss in 16 games. In 1987, the runner-up to Jerry Rice in touchdown receptions was Philadelphia Eagles receiver Mike Quick with 11. This marked the first time in NFL history that a category leader doubled the total of his nearest competitor.

In 1988 Rice averaged a career high 20.4 yards per catch as he caught 64 passes for 1,306 yards and 9 touchdowns. The 49ers once again won the NFC West with a 10–6 record. In the postseason, he was instrumental in the 49ers' 28–3 win over the Chicago Bears in the NFC title game, recording 5 catches for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns. But his performance in Super Bowl XXIII was even better. In possibly his finest performance ever, Rice caught 11 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 5 yards, helping the 49ers to a narrow 20–16 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. His receptions and receiving yards were both Super Bowl records. For his performance, he became only the third wide receiver to earn Super Bowl MVP honors.

In 1989, San Francisco made it back to the Super Bowl, aided by Rice's 82 receptions for 1,483 yards and 17 touchdowns during the season, and his 12 catches for 169 yards and 2 touchdowns in their 2 playoff games. He was once again a major factor in the 49ers championship win, finishing Super Bowl XXIV with 7 catches for 148 yards and a Super Bowl record 3 touchdown receptions.

Rice had another superb season in 1990, leading the NFL in receptions (100), receiving yards (1,502) and receiving touchdowns (13). In a week 6 match-up with the Atlanta Falcons Rice caught a career-best 5 touchdowns. San Francisco finished the year with an NFL best 14–2 record, but failed to "3-peat" as Super Bowl champions, losing to the New York Giants 15–13 in the NFC title game.

After seasons of 80 catches for 1,206 yards and 14 touchdowns in 1991, 84 catches for 1,201 yards and 10 touchdowns in 1992, and 98 catches for 1,503 yards and 15 touchdowns in 1993, Rice made it back to the Super Bowl with the 49ers in the 1994 season, recording a career-high 112 receptions for 1,499 yards and 13 touchdowns. During the 49ers' first game of that season against the Los Angeles Raiders, Jerry Rice caught 7 passes for a season-high 169 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for one more and moving into first place in the NFL records for career touchdowns with 127. Although he only caught 6 passes in San Francisco's 2 playoff games that year, he proved to be a vital component in their 49–26 victory over the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX, recording 10 receptions for 149 yards and 3 touchdowns — despite playing with a separated shoulder for much of the game.

In 1995, Rice caught a career high 122 passes for an NFL record 1,848 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns (along with 1 touchdown each by way of running, passing, and recovering a fumble). However, the 49ers lost in the divisional playoffs to the Green Bay Packers, despite Rice's impressive 11-catch, 117-yard performance. The following year, he recorded 108 receptions (leading the NFL) for 1,254 yards and 8 touchdowns. San Francisco won in the wild card round, but once again lost to the Packers in the divisional playoffs. In his 3 seasons between 1994 and 1996, Rice had racked up a whopping 342 catches for 4,601 yards and 36 touchdowns.

During the season opener of the 1997 season he tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee on a reverse. Warren Sapp of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers grabbed Rice by the face-mask and wrenched Rice to the ground with it, drawing a 15-yard personal foul. The injury broke his streak of 189 consecutive games played. Fourteen weeks later he made his return, much earlier than doctors wanted him to. He scored a touchdown, but when he came down with the catch, he cracked the patella in his left kneecap. He was forced to miss the Pro Bowl for the first time in 11 years. However, he made a full recovery, coming back to record 82 catches for 1,157 yards and 9 touchdowns in 1998 and being named to his 12th Pro Bowl.

1999 was the first season that Rice failed to reached 1000 yards receiving while playing in all 16 games. The same thing happened in 2000, in his final season as a San Francisco 49er.

Oakland Raiders


At the end of the 2000 season, Rice was released by the 49ers and chose to sign with the Oakland Raiders.He wanted to "show the Niners what he could still do." He excelled with them in the 2001 season, catching 83 passes for 1,139 yards and 9 touchdowns. In 2002 he did even better, catching 92 passes for 1,211 yards and 7 touchdowns, being named to his 13th Pro Bowl and assisting Oakland to a championship appearance in Super Bowl XXXVII. On November 11, 2002 against the Tampa Bay Bucs he scored his 200th career touchdown, and surpassed Walter Payton to become the NFL's all-time leader in total yardage. His team lost against the Buccaneers in the Super Bowl 48–21, with Rice recording 5 receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown.His 48-yard touchdown catch in the 4th quarter made him the first player ever to catch a touchdown pass in 4 different Super Bowls.

Oakland dropped from an 11–5 record in 2002 to a 4–12 record in 2003 and a 5–11 record in 2004.

Seattle Seahawks

Rice was traded to the Seattle Seahawks six games into the 2004 season, where he received permission from Hall of Fame wide receiver Steve Largent to wear Largent's retired jersey number 80. Rice would play his last (non-preseason) professional game for Seattle, a loss to the St. Louis Rams in which he did not catch a pass.

Denver Broncos

Rice went to training camp with the Denver Broncos prior to the 2005 season but retired shortly before the season began.

Retirement

On August 19, 2006, the San Francisco 49ers announced that Rice would sign a contract with them, allowing him to retire as a member of the team where his career began. On August 24, he officially retired as a 49er, signing a one-day contract for $1,985,806.49. The number represented the year Rice was drafted (1985), his number (80), the year he retired (2006), and the 49ers (49). The figure was ceremonial, and Rice received no money. There was a halftime ceremony to honor him during the 49ers' matchup with the Seattle Seahawks on November 19, 2006.

Legacy


Jerry Rice retired as the leader in a number of statistics. His 1,549 receptions were 447 receptions ahead of the second place record held by Marvin Harrison. His 22,895 receiving yards were 7,961 yards ahead of the second place spot held by his Raiders teammate Tim Brown. His 197 touchdown receptions are 45 scores more than the 152 touchdown receptions by his former 49ers teammate Terrell Owens, and his 208 total touchdowns (197-p, 10-r, 1-ret) were 33 scores ahead of Emmitt Smith's second place 175. Furthermore, his 1,256 points scored makes him the highest-scoring non-kicker in NFL history. A career spanning two decades, Rice averaged 75.6 receiving yards per game that he played, fifth-highest in NFL history among wide receivers. Only Andre Johnson (79.7), Torry Holt (77.4), Marvin Harrison (76.7), and Larry Fitzgerald (76.0) have averaged more receiving yards per game over the stretch of a career.

To illustrate the significance of his 22,895 receiving yards, if Rice had not gained any other yards on rush attempts or kick returns, his 22,895 receiving yards would still rank him second place on the NFL's list all-purpose yard leaders (category based on combination of rushing, receiving, kick/punt return yards, and interception/fumble return yards).

Another example of Rice's dominance is his performance against Deion Sanders, considered by many as one of the best coverage cornerbacks of all-time. From 1989 to 1996, Rice and Sanders faced off ten times, with Rice compiling 60 receptions for 1,051 yards and 11 receiving touchdowns against Sanders' teams (this would project to approximately 96 receptions for 1682 yards and 18 touchdowns in 16 games). Rice's teams won six of the ten games. To Sanders credit, Deion had 4 interceptions for 58 yards and 0 touchdowns in those ten games. Rice played against Sanders' teams twelve times, but Sanders did not play in two of those games (once in 1992 and once in 1993)

Rice is remembered for his work ethic and dedication to the game. In his 20 NFL seasons, Rice missed only 10 regular season games, 7 of them in the 1997 season, and the other 3 in the strike-shortened season of 1987. His 303 games are by far the most ever played by an NFL wide receiver, and are only 72 games behind the NFL record for games played by any player. In addition to staying on the field, his work ethic showed in his dedication to conditioning and running precise routes, with coach Dennis Green calling him "the best route runner I've ever seen." Also known as one of the best blockers at his position, there was no aspect of playing wide receiver at which Rice did not excel.

In 1999, he was ranked number 2 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, behind only Jim Brown, and was 35 places ahead of the next-highest-ranked player then active, Deion Sanders, who played another five seasons.

On November 4, 2010, Rice was ranked number 1 on The Top 100: NFL's Greatest Players.

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Rice was selected for induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2010 in his first year of eligibility. He was inducted in Canton, OH on August 7, 2010 alongside Emmitt Smith, Floyd Little, Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, Dick LeBeau, and John Randle. On September 20, 2010, during halftime at the 49ers-Saints game, Rice's #80 jersey number was retired.

Media work

Rice and quarterback Steve Young appeared together in Visa, All Sport, and Gatorade commercials when they were both playing for the 49ers.

During the 2005–2006 broadcasting season, Rice competed in the reality show Dancing with the Stars. He was paired with dancer Anna Trebunskaya, and they reached the final two before finally losing to singer Drew Lachey and his partner Cheryl Burke. Rice also appeared in a season two episode of FOX's Don't Forget the Lyrics! as a backup dancer. He appeared in the first episode of Spike TV's Pros vs Joes challenge show. He also made a cameo in the television series The Game. Rice has also appeared in an episode of the CW's One Tree Hill.

In 2007 and 2008, Rice appeared in Zaxby's restaurant television ads. In 2008, Rice and Steve Young appeared on an episode of reality show The Biggest Loser: Families as coaches putting the contestants through football drills. In 2009, Rice portrayed Hal Gore in the film Without a Paddle: Nature's Calling.

Rice has co-authored two books about his life: Rice (with Michael Silver, published 1996, ISBN 0312147953) and Go Long: My Journey Beyond the Game and the Fame (with Brian Curtis, published 2007, ISBN 0345496116). He co-hosts Sports Sunday with NBC sportscaster Raj Mathai, a prime time sports show shown in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Rice is a supportor of Chiropractic care and is a spokeperson for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress

Golf career

Rice competed in the Fresh Express Classic at TPC Stonebrae on the Nationwide Tour on April 15–16, 2010. He received a sponsor's exemption to play in the tournament. Rice missed the cut and finished one shot ahead of last place,finishing 17-over and 151st among the 152 players who completed two rounds. Rice has played golf for over 20 years and has only participated in pro-amateur events until now. Rice would wake up early to hit the driving range before 49ers practices.

Personal

In 1998, Rice was found in a Mountain View, California "massage parlor", well known as a prostitution front to locals and law officials.No charges were filed against him, however, and Rice initially claimed he was sent there as a prank by some of his 49er teammates.Yet, he dropped that pretense soon thereafter and denied any wrong doing.

Jerry Rice has a son, Jerry Rice, Jr., who attended high school at Menlo School in Atherton, California, graduating in 2009. He currently attends UCLA and is a member of their football team.Jerry Rice is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated.

Jerry Rice Biography

  • Born: 13 October 1962
  • Birthplace: Starkville, Mississippi
  • Best Known As: Wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, 1985-2000

Wide receiver Jerry Rice is the National Football League's all-time leader in receptions, yards and touchdowns. Rice played college ball at Mississippi Valley State, where he caught 310 passes for 4,856 yards and 51 touchdowns in 42 games. He began his professional career in 1985 when he was picked 16th in the first round of the draft by the San Francisco 49ers. With the 49ers he became one of the NFL's biggest stars, catching pass after pass from quarterback Joe Montana and then from Montana's successor, Steve Young. Rice played for the 49ers from 1985-2000, winning Super Bowls in 1989, 1990 and 1995. He later played for the Oakland Raiders (2001-2004) and the Seattle Seahawks (2004). In 2005, at the age of 42, Rice signed a one-year contract to play for the Denver Broncos, but retired before the season began. At his retirement, the NFL Record and Fact Book listed Rice with 38 different NFL records, including career totals of 1,549 receptions, 22,895 yards and 197 touchdowns. Rice went on to become a commentator for NFL games, and he placed second on the TV show Dancing With the Stars in 2006. He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2010.

Rice wore jersey number 80 throughout his pro career, but with Denver he had to change his jersey number. He picked 19, the same number chosen by his former 49ers teammate Joe Montana when Montana moved to the Kansas City Chiefs in 1993... Rice caught at least one pass in 274 consecutive games from 1985 through 2004 -- another NFL record.

Jerry Rice Highlights


Gaudy statistics drew pro scouts to Jerry Rice when he played for obscure Mississippi Valley State. His pass-catching skills sold them on his potential. His MVP performance in the Blue-Gray all-star game sealed the analysis: Rice was worth a first-round draft pick.

However, most National Football League teams, renowned for attention to detail, didn't think so. Most didn't have Rice at the top of their draft lists, didn't even rate him as the best wide receiver.

The San Francisco 49ers thought differently. They thought enough of Archie "Gunslinger" Cooley, Rice's college coach, to pick his brain on his unorthodox offense. They thought enough of Rice to trade up and take him with the 16th selection in the first round of the 1985 draft.

The 49ers merely latched on to the most prolific pass receiver in NFL history. The first player to score 200 touchdowns, Rice is also the NFL's career leader in receptions, yards receiving, yards from scrimmage, all-purpose yards, touchdown receptions and consecutive games with at least one catch.

A Super Bowl MVP, he has been invited to the Pro Bowl 13 times. Its no wonder Rice ranks at the top as one of the best all time NFL receivers as well as being considered by many to be one of the greatest NFL players of all time.

Jerry Rice grew up outside the little rural town of Crawford, Miss. His father was a bricklayer whose sons helped him with his job in the summer by tossing and catching bricks on a scaffold. "It taught me the meaning of hard work," Rice said. As a child, Rice ran endlessly on the dirt road in front of his house, soaking himself in the oppressive Mississippi heat, years before he discovered football.

He found football at B.L. Moor High School and became a Division I-AA All-American receiver for "Gunslinger" Cooley at Mississippi Valley. Rice, then known as "World" once caught 24 passes in a game to set an NCAA all-division record. "Just beautiful," said Gloster Richardson, a former NFL wideout and Rice's receiving coach in college. "Real soft, real quiet, always right on time. He doesn't need to use his body to catch the ball. His hands are just a gift." He finished his college career with 18 Division I-AA records. "He can catch a BB on a dead run at night" Cooley once said.

In 1985, breaking in as an NFL rookie, Rice admitted he was scared and dropped the ball more than usual. "I was thinking through every step of a complicated offense," he said, "instead of using natural reactions." San Francisco coach Bill Walsh stuck with him, and a 10-catch, 241-yard game against the Los Angeles Rams in December put him on course.

The next year Rice led the league with 1,570 yards and 15 touchdown receptions and had 86 catches. In 1987, he was the NFL's Player of the Year when he scored a league-high 23 touchdowns, including at least one in all 12 non-strike games. The following season he was MVP of Super Bowl XXIII with 11 catches and 215 yards as the 49ers beat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-16.

Talent and obsession: Rice blended them into a feared package. His 4.5-second speed for 40 yards, moderate for the pros, proved to be misleading. Rice, 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, had brilliant game speed, breakaway speed, which made him the deep threat the 49ers wanted.

He also made the important third-down receptions, often turning short routes into big gains. "He has the knack of knowing when to break, when to use his speed," said Joe Montana, who threw 55 touchdown passes to Rice.

Rice could cut like no other receiver, explosively at full blast, which put cornerbacks on their heels. He could outjump defenders to balls. And his hands -- big and toughened by his early bricklaying days and yet sensitive -- were incomparable.

Rice wouldn't rely on physical gifts alone, a characteristic that went back to his hard-working childhood. Meticulous almost to the point of fixation, he catalogued the tendencies of defensive backs, played practice drills as if they were games, and built a strict health-food diet and conditioning regimen.

Until sitting out 14 games in 1997 because of two serious knee injuries, Rice had never missed a game at any level, a span of 19 seasons. He played 189 consecutive non-strike NFL games, some of them hurt. He played the 1995 Super Bowl against the San Diego Chargers with a strained shoulder, a first-quarter injury, and caught 10 passes, three for touchdowns.

In 1992, he broke Steve Largent's touchdown reception record with his 101st. In 1994, he passed Jim Brown to become the league's all-time touchdown leader with 127. The following season, he broke Charlie Hennigan's 34-year-old record for single-season receiving yards (1,746) with 1,848. He also set the career receiving yardage record that year, going to 14,040 yards with a 108-yard day against the Saints.

In 1998, the year after his knee injuries, Rice combined with quarterback Steve Young to become the NFL's all-time top scoring duo with 80 touchdown passes as well as breaking Art Monk's record of 183 consecutive games with a reception.

In June 2001 the 49ers released Rice because of salary-cap problems. The Oakland Raiders signed him and Rice responded by having his 13th and 14th 1,000-yard receiving seasons, gaining 1,139 on 83 catches with nine touchdowns in 2001 and 1,211 yards on 92 receptions with seven TDs the next year.

The only player with more than 20,000 receiving yards, Rice had 21,597 on 1,456 catches through 2002. His consecutive-game streak of making a reception stood at a mind-boggling 257. In 2002, Rice scored his 200th touchdown and became the NFL's leader in yards from scrimmage and all-purpose yards, breaking Walter Payton's records of 21,264 and 21,804.

"That means he gets himself open, even against triple team coverage," said Young, who threw 85 TD passes to Rice. "Think about it, through generations of defenses, he's still getting open."

Some of his accomplishmetns are:

  • Played in 3 winning Super Bowls
  • Super Bowl MVP
  • NFL Player of The Year
  • Pro Bowl invitee 13 times
  • First in NFL history to score 200 touchdowns
  • 28 receptions - 512 yards - 7 TDs in three Super Bowls
  • Led the NFL in Total Receptions twice
  • First in Receiving Yards six times
  • First in Receiving TDs six times
  • Led the NFL in Total TDs twice
  • All time NFL leader in Total Receptions
  • All time NFL leader in Total Receiving Yards
  • All time NFL leader in Total Receiving TDs
  • Second all time NFL leader in Total Yards From Scrimmage
  • All time NFL leader in Total TDs

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Way before my age, players were happy enough to get a paycheck and be able to play the game!Now a days you have rookies that hold out (ex. Crabtree) rejecting double 7 digit numbers? Guess it's not worth there time unless were talking at least Ten million.REDICULOUS!People can say what they want about Brett Favre, but his love and passion for the game is what truly captures our eyes.A player like Jerry Rice who could barely keep the tears from amassing at the podium when he retired because it was just the feeling of not being able to go out and perform every Sunday.All the blood and sweat for every Dick Butkus who played every play like it was his last and for what? RESPECT! NOT MONEY!

We are slowly approaching the no cap salary year. Does this mean that owners like Jerry Jones will flash his pockets like the New York Yankees to get the best free agents out there?How can some cities compete?A team of players and pieces is the ingredients of a great sports organization, money just comes with the territory.It's just amazing to picture the owners standpoint right now, especially the players involving the league negotiations.Such a disastrous era we live in not able to come to a deal on a game that we play to love, not because we loved to get paid.What are we children, have to sit every owner down in a big fancy room in a big round circle. FOR MONEY?Real AMERICANS break their backs performing their job everyday just to be able to earn a living and RESPECT. Which is how things use to be to players especially before the 80's, a job that they loved to perform but with so much more heart and passion. Players like TO is just a great example. Doesn't go out there to play as a unit but pretends which is why he has never one a championship!You have to be willing to break your neck for 51 other players to earn that respect and put confidence in them that your willing to go that extra mile! Skills will only get you so far. So in owens' case, he should have took some great work and professional ethic from a teammate on San Francisco a few years back Jerry Rice. Work hard , keep your mouth shut,provide that great team leadership and watch the rings come. Great example last year was an old man named Hines Ward.

As a great fan and just for the love of the game, I hope all fairs well for the NFL's future. If money is such an issue, I'm sure we could find a few great football players out of the billions of people in the US.At least money wouldn't be an issue, obviously every game would be played like their last and the heart and desire displayed might reboot some of the NFL players Asses!! God Bless America.

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Jerry Rice All Time Records!

Regular season

 Career Records

  • Receptions (1,549)
  • Receiving yards (22,895)
  • Touchdown receptions (197)
  • Yards from scrimmage (23,540)
  • All-purpose yards (23,546)
  • Combined rushing and receiving touchdowns (207)
  • Total touchdowns (208) [197 receiving, 10 rushing, 1 fumble return]

 Touchdown records

  • 1st quarter touchdowns (49)
  • 2nd quarter touchdowns (68)
  • 1st half touchdowns (117)
  • 3rd quarter touchdowns (42)
  • 4th quarter touchdowns (49)
  • 2nd half touchdowns (91)
  • 1st quarter touchdown receptions (46)
  • 2nd quarter touchdown receptions (66)
  • 1st half touchdown receptions (112)
  • 3rd quarter touchdown receptions (39)
  • 4th quarter touchdown receptions (46)
  • 2nd half touchdown receptions (85)
  • Go-ahead touchdowns (73)
  • Go-ahead or tying touchdowns (81)
  • Game winning touchdowns (42)
  • Game winning touchdown receptions (41)
  • Touchdown receptions of 80+ yards (5) - tied with Derrick Alexanderr, Bob Hayes, & Lance Alworth
  • Only player to have 5 touchdown receptions of 80+ yards & 5 rushing touchdowns of 20+ yards
  • Only player to have 9 touchdown receptions of 70+ yards & 1 rushing touchdowns of 40+ yards
  • Only player to have 9 touchdown receptions of 70+ yards & 5 rushing touchdowns of 20+ yards
  • Touchdown receptions of 60+ yards (23)
  • Touchdown receptions of 50+ yards (36)
  • Touchdown receptions of 40+ yards (54)
  • Touchdown receptions of 30+ yards (76)
  • Touchdown receptions of 20+ yards (102)
  • Touchdown receptions of 10+ yards (137)
  • Touchdown receptions of 2 yards or less (16) - tied with Cris Carter
  • Touchdown receptions of 3 yards or less (21)
  • Touchdown receptions of 5 yards or less (36) - tied with Cris Carter
  • Touchdown receptions of 8 yards or less (54)
  • Touchdown receptions of 9 yards or less (58)
  • Touchdowns of 60+ yards from scrimmage (23)
  • Touchdowns of 50+ yards from scrimmage (36)
  • Touchdowns of 40+ yards from scrimmage (55)
  • Touchdowns of 30+ yards from scrimmage (77)
  • Touchdowns of 20+ yards from scrimmage (107)
  • Touchdowns of 10+ yards from scrimmage (143)

 Season records

  • Seasons with at least 1 touch (20) - tied with Vinny Testaverde & Darrell Green
  • Seasons with at least 2 touches (20) - tied with Vinny Testaverde
  • Seasons with at least 3-8 touches (20)
  • Seasons with at least 9-30 touches (19)
  • Seasons with at least 40 touches (18)
  • Seasons with at least 50 touches (18)
  • Seasons with at least 60 touches (17)
  • Seasons with at least 69 touches (16) - tied with Marcus Allen
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 1 touch (20) - tied with Darrell Green
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 2-8 touches (20)
  • Seasons with at least 1-7 receptions (20)
  • Seasons with at least 8-30 receptions (19)
  • Seasons with at least 40 receptions (18)
  • Seasons with at least 50 receptions (17)
  • Seasons with at least 60 receptions (17)
  • Seasons with at least 70 receptions (13)
  • Seasons with at least 80 receptions (12)
  • Seasons with at least 90 receptions (6) – tied with Marvin Harrison & Torry Holt
  • Seasons with at least 100 receptions (4) – tied with Marvin Harrison
  • Seasons with at least 108 receptions (3) – tied with Marvin Harrison & Wes Welker
  • Seasons with at least 112 receptions (2) – tied with Marvin Harrison, Wes Welker, Jimmy Smith, & Cris Carter
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 1-7 receptions (20)
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 49 receptions (12) - tied by Tony Gonzalez
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 60 receptions (11) - tied by Tony Gonzalez
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 80 receptions (8) – tied with Marvin Harrison & Torry Holt
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 108 receptions (3) - tied with Wes Welker
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 112 receptions (2) – tied with Cris Carter
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 1-68 yards from scrimmage (20)
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 1-68 all-purpose yards (20)
  • Seasons with at least 1-68 all-purpose yards (20)
  • Seasons with at least 1-68 yards from scrimmage (20)
  • Seasons with at least 100-400 yards from scrimmage (19)
  • Seasons with at least 100-400 all-purpose yards (19)
  • Seasons with at least 500-800 yards from scrimmage (18)
  • Seasons with at least 500-800 all-purpose yards (18)
  • Seasons with at least 900 yards from scrimmage (15)
  • Seasons with at least 900 all-purpose yards (15)
  • Seasons with at least 1,000 yards from scrimmage (14) - tied with Emmitt Smith
  • Seasons with at least 1,000 all-purpose yards (14) - tied with Emmitt Smith
  • Seasons with at least 1,100 yards from scrimmage (14)
  • Seasons with at least 1,100 all-purpose yards (14)
  • Seasons with at least 1,200 yards from scrimmage (11)
  • Seasons with at least 1,200 all-purpose yards (11) - tied with Brian Mitchell
  • Seasons with at least 1-78 receiving yards (20)
  • Seasons with at least 100-400 receiving yards (19)
  • Seasons with at least 500-800 receiving yards (18)
  • Seasons with at least 900 receiving yards (15)
  • Seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards (14)
  • Seasons with at least 1,100 receiving yards (13)
  • Seasons with at least 1,200 receiving yards (11)
  • Seasons with at least 1,300 receiving yards (7)
  • Seasons with at least 1,400 receiving yards (6)
  • Seasons with at least 1,500 receiving yards (4)
  • Seasons with at least 1,700 receiving yards (1) - tied with Charley Hennigan, Isaac Bruce, & Marvin Harrison
  • Seasons with at least 1,800 receiving yards (1)
  • Seasons with at least 900 receiving yards & 20 yards rushing (11)
  • Seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards & 50 yards rushing (7)
  • Seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards & 1+ rushing touchdown (8)
  • Seasons with at least 1,200 receiving yards & 30 yards rushing (8)
  • Seasons with at least 1,200 receiving yards & 60 yards rushing (5)
  • Seasons with at least 1,200 receiving yards & 70 yards rushing (4)
  • Seasons with at least 1,200 receiving yards & 10 touchdown receptions (8), - (Randy Moss is 2nd with 7)
  • Seasons with at least 1,200 receiving yards & 1 rushing touchdown (7)
  • Seasons with at least 1,300 receiving yards & 1 rushing touchdown (5)
  • Seasons with at least 1,300 receiving yards & 30 yards rushing (6)
  • Seasons with at least 1,300 receiving yards & 60 yards rushing (4)
  • Seasons with at least 1,400 receiving yards & 30 yards rushing (6)
  • Seasons with at least 1,500 receiving yards & 1 rushing touchdown (3)
  • Seasons with at least 1,500 receiving yards & 30 rushing yards (3)
  • Seasons with at least 1,500 receiving yards & 60 rushing yards (2)
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 1-78 receiving yards (20)
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 800 receiving yards (12)
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 900 receiving yards (12)
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards (11)
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 1,100 receiving yards (9)
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 1,200 receiving yards (9)
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 1,200 receiving yards & 10 touchdown receptions (7)
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 1,200 receiving yards & 1 rushing touchdown (5)
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 1,200 receiving yards & 30 rushing yards (5)
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 1,499 receiving yards (3)
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 1,499 receiving yards & 1 rushing touchdown (3)
  • Receiving yards in a single season (1,848), 1995
  • Receiving yards in a 2 season period (3,351), 1994–1995
  • Receiving yards in a 3 season period (4,850), 1993–1995
  • Receiving yards in a 6 season period (8,759), 1990–1995
  • Receiving yards in a 7 season period (10,242), 1989–1995
  • Receiving yards in an 8 season period (11,548), 1988–1995
  • Receiving yards in a 9 season period (12,802), 1988–1996
  • Receiving yards in a 10 season period (14,196), 1986–1995
  • Receiving yards in an 11 season period (15,450), 1986–1996 - no other player has this many in a career
  • Receiving yards in a 12 season period (16,377), 1985–1996 - no other player has this many in a career
  • Receiving yards in a 13 season period (16,685), 1986–1998 - no other player has this many in a career
  • Receiving yards in a 14 season period (17,612), 1985–1998 - no other player has this many in a career
  • Receiving yards in a 15 season period (18,442), 1985–1999 - no other player has this many in a career
  • Receiving yards in a 16 season period (19,459), 1986–2001 - no other player has this many in a career
  • Receiving yards in a 17 season period (20,670), 1986–2002 - no other player has this many in a career
  • Receiving yards in an 18 season period (21,597), 1985–2002 - no other player has this many in a career
  • Receiving yards in a 19 season period (22,466), 1985–2003 - no other player has this many in a career
  • Receptions in a 12 season period (1,050), 1985–1996
  • Receptions in a 13 season period (1,110), 1990-2002 - no other player has this many in a career
  • Receptions in a 14 season period (1,192), 1989-2002 - no other player has this many in a career
  • Receptions in a 15 season period (1,256), 1988-2002 - no other player has this many in a career
  • Receptions in a 16 season period (1,321), 1987-2002 - no other player has this many in a career
  • Receptions in a 17 season period (1,407), 1986-2002 - no other player has this many in a career
  • Receptions in an 18 season period (1,470), 1986-2003 - no other player has this many in a career
  • Receptions in a 19 season period (1,519), 1985-2003 - no other player has this many in a career
  • Touchdown receptions in a 2 season period (37), 1986–1987
  • Touchdown receptions in a 3 season period (48), 1987–1989
  • Touchdown receptions in a 4 season period (63), 1986–1989
  • Touchdown receptions in a 5 season period (76), 1986–1990
  • Touchdown receptions in a 6 season period (90), 1986–1991
  • Touchdown receptions in a 7 season period (100), 1986–1992
  • Touchdown receptions in an 8 season period (115), 1986–1993
  • Touchdown receptions in a 9 season period (128), 1986–1994
  • Touchdown receptions in a 10 season period (143), 1986–1995
  • Touchdown receptions in an 11 season period (151), 1986-1996 - no other player has this many in a career
  • Touchdown receptions in a 12 season period (154), 1985–1996 - no other player has this many in a career
  • Touchdown receptions in a 13 season period (161), 1986-1998 - no other player has this many in a career
  • Touchdown receptions in a 14 season period (166), 1986-1999 - no other player has this many in a career
  • Touchdown receptions in a 15 season period (173), 1986-2000 - no other player has this many in a career
  • Touchdown receptions in a 16 season period (182), 1986-2001 - no other player has this many in a career
  • Touchdown receptions in a 17 season period (189), 1986-2002 - no other player has this many in a career
  • Touchdown receptions in an 18 season period (192), 1985-2002 - no other player has this many in a career
  • Touchdown receptions in a 19 season period (194), 1985-2003 - no other player has this many in a career
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 1 touchdown reception (20)
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 5 touchdown receptions (11) - shared with Marvin Harrison, Don Hutson, Cris Carter, & Tim Brown
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 6 touchdown receptions (11) - shared with Marvin Harrison & Don Hutson
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 7 touchdown receptions (11)
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 8 touchdown receptions (11)
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 9 touchdown receptions (10)
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 12 touchdown receptions (3, twice) - shared with Marvin Harrison (twice). Terrell Owens, Lance Allworth, & Cris Carter did this only once
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 13 touchdown receptions (3, twice) - shared with Terrell Owens & Lance Allworth, who each did this only once
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 13 touchdown receptions & 1 rushing touchdown (3)
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 14 touchdown receptions (2) - shared with Marvin Harrison
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 15 touchdown receptions (2)
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 15 touchdown receptions & 1 rushing touchdown (2)
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 1 touchdown (20)
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 5 touchdowns (11) - shared with Marvin Harrison, Don Hutson, Cris Carter, & Tim Brown
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 6 touchdowns (11) - shared with Marvin Harrison & Don Hutson
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 7 touchdowns (11)
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 8 touchdowns (11)
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 9 touchdowns (11)
  • Consecutive seasons with at least 10 touchdowns (10)
  • Seasons with at least 1 touchdown (20)
  • Seasons with at least 2 touchdowns (19)
  • Seasons with at least 3 touchdowns (18)
  • Seasons with at least 4 touchdowns (17)
  • Seasons with at least 5 touchdowns (16)
  • Seasons with at least 6 touchdowns (15)
  • Seasons with at least 7 touchdowns (15)
  • Seasons with at least 8 touchdowns (13)
  • Seasons with at least 9 touchdowns (13)
  • Seasons with at least 10 touchdowns (10)
  • Seasons with at least 11 touchdowns (9)
  • Seasons with at least 12 touchdowns (8) - tied with LaDainian Tomlinson
  • Seasons with at least 13 touchdowns (8)
  • Seasons with at least 14 touchdowns (7)
  • Seasons with at least 15 touchdowns (6) - tied with LaDainian Tomlinson
  • Seasons with at least 16 touchdowns (5) - tied with Shaun Alexander & LaDainian Tomlinson
  • Seasons with at least 17 touchdowns by a non-running back (3) - tied with Randy Moss
  • Seasons with at least 18 touchdowns by a non-running back (1) - tied with Randy Moss, Sterling Sharpe, Mark Clayton, & Bill Groman
  • Seasons with at least 19-22 touchdowns by a non-running back (1) - tied with Randy Moss
  • Seasons with at least 1 touchdown reception (20)
  • Seasons with at least 2 touchdown receptions (19)
  • Seasons with at least 3 touchdown receptions (18)
  • Seasons with at least 4 touchdown receptions (16)
  • Seasons with at least 5 touchdown receptions (16)
  • Seasons with at least 6 touchdown receptions (15)
  • Seasons with at least 7 touchdown receptions (15)
  • Seasons with at least 8 touchdown receptions (13)
  • Seasons with at least 9 touchdown receptions (12)
  • Seasons with at least 10 touchdown receptions (9) - tied with Randy Moss
  • Seasons with at least 11 touchdown receptions (8) - tied with Randy Moss
  • Seasons with at least 12 touchdown receptions (8)
  • Seasons with at least 13 touchdown receptions (8)
  • Seasons with at least 14 touchdown receptions (6)
  • Seasons with at least 15 touchdown receptions (5)
  • Seasons with at least 18 touchdown receptions (1) - tied with Randy Moss, Sterling Sharpe, Mark Clayton, & Bill Groman
  • Seasons with at least 19 touchdown receptions (1) - tied with Randy Moss
  • Seasons with at least 20 touchdown receptions (1) - tied with Randy Moss
  • Seasons with at least 21 touchdown receptions (1) - tied with Randy Moss
  • Seasons with at least 22 touchdown receptions (1) - tied with Randy Moss
  • Touchdowns in a season by a player with 97 touches or less, 1987 (23) on 73 touches
  • Touchdown receptions in a season by a player with 97 receptions or less, 1987 (22) on 65 receptions
  • Touchdown receptions in a season by a player with 1,400 receiving yards or less (22) on 1,078 receiving yards
  • Touchdowns in a season by a player with 1,300 yards from scrimmage or less, 1987 (23) on 1,129 yards from scrimmage
  • Touchdowns in a season by a player with 1,300 all-purpose yards or less, 1987 (23) on 1,129 all purpose yards
  • Fewest touches in a season by a player with 19+ touchdowns, 1987 (73) for 23 tds
  • Fewest touches in a season by a player with 18+ touchdown receptions, 1987 (73) for 22 rec. tds
  • Fewest receptions in a season by a player with 18+ touchdown receptions, 1987 (65) for 22 rec. tds
  • Best ratio of touchdowns to all purpose yards in a season by a player with 800+ all-purpose yards, 1987 (1:49.09)
  • Best ratio of touchdowns to yards from scrimmage in a season by a player with 800+ yards from scrimmage, 1987 (1:49.09)
  • Best ratio of touchdown receptions to receiving yards in a season by a player with 600+ receiving yards, 1987 (1:49)
  • Best ratio of touchdown receptions to receptions in a season by a player with 51+ receptions, 1987 (1:2.95)
  • Best ratio of touchdowns to touches(returns, rushes, receptions) in a season by a player with 52+ touches, 1987 (1:3.17)
  • Average yards per reception in a season by a player with 85+ receptions (18.26), 1986
  • Receiving yard titles since 1940 (6), 1986, 1989, 1990, 1993–1995
  • Touchdown reception titles since 1940 (6), 1986, 1987, 1989–1991, 1993 - (Randy Moss 2nd with (5)
  • Consecutive receiving yard titles since 1943 (3), 1993–1995
  • Consecutive touchdown reception titles since 1943 (3), 1989–1991
  • Total major offensive titles after AFL-NFL merger: Number of times finishing the season first place in 2-pt. conversions, points scored, touchdowns, touchdown receptions, receiving yards, or receptions (18)

 Game records

  • Games with at least 75 yards receiving (135)
  • Games with at least 100 yards receiving (76)
  • Games with at least 125 yards receiving (49)
  • Games with at least 150 yards receiving (30)
  • Games with at least 225 yards receiving (3)
  • Games with at least 240 yards receiving (2) - tied with Wes Chandler
  • Total receiving yards in the best two performances of a career (530); 289 & 241
  • Seasons with 15 games of 5+ receptions (2), 1995, 1996
  • Games with at least 50 yards receiving in a single season (15) - tied with 11 other players
  • Games with at least 150 yards receiving in a single season (5) - tied with Roy Green & Tim Brown
  • Games with at least 149 yards receiving in a single season (6)
  • Games with at least 50 yards from scrimmage by a non-running back in a single season (16); 1993
  • Games with at least 1 touchdown reception in a single season; 1989 (13) - tied with Carl Pickens, Randy Moss, & Mark Clayton
  • Games with at least 1 touchdown reception in a 12 game season; 1987 (12) - only player to record a touchdown reception in every game of a season
  • Games with 10+ receptions & 140+ receiving yards (13)
  • Games with 10+ receptions & 200+ yards receiving (4)
  • Games with at least 12 points (46)
  • Games with at least 16 points (14) - tied with Jim Brown & Gino Cappelletti
  • Games with at least 17 points (14) - tied with Jim Brown
  • Games with at least 18 points (14) - tied with Jim Brown
  • Games with 3+ touchdown receptions in the 1st half (3); 10/14/90, 11/14/93, 12/18/95; (4 if counting playoffs, 1/1/89)
  • Games with 4+ touchdown receptions in the first 3 quarters (2); 10/14/90(5th TD reception came :35 into the 4th quarter), 11/14/93
  • Games with at least 1 touchdown (145)
  • Games with at least 2 touchdowns (46)
  • Games with at least 3 touchdowns (14) - tied with Jim Brown
  • Games with at least 5 touchdowns (1) - tied with 14 other players
  • Games with at least 1 touchdown reception (139)
  • Games with at least 2 touchdown receptions (44)
  • Games with at least 2+ touchdown receptions & 1+ rushing touchdown (3) - tied with Brian Westbrook
  • Games with at least 3 touchdown receptions (11)
  • Games with at least 4 touchdown receptions (2) - tied with Bob Shaw & Sterling Sharpe
  • Touchdown receptions in a game (5) - tied with Kellen Winslow & Bob Shaw
  • Touchdowns in a game by a wide receiver (5) - tied with Bob Shaw
  • Touchdown receptions in a 4 game span (10) - game7'87-game10'87 - tied with Art Powell and Bob Shaw
  • Touchdown receptions in a 5 game span (12) - game7'87-game11'87
  • Touchdown receptions in a 6 game span (14) - game7'87-game12 (last game b/c of strike)'87
  • Touchdown receptions in a 7 game span (16) - game6'87-game12 (last game b/c of strike)'87
  • Touchdown receptions in an 8 game span (17)
  • Touchdown receptions in a 9 game span (18)
  • Touchdown receptions in a 10 game span (19)
  • Touchdown receptions in an 11 game span (21)- game2'87-game12 (last game b/c of strike)'87
  • Touchdown receptions in a 12 game span (22) - game1'87-game12 (last game b/c of strike)'87
  • Touchdown receptions in a 13 game span (23) - game16'86-game12 (last game b/c of strike)'87
  • Touchdown receptions in a 14 game span (23) - game16'86-game1'88
  • Touchdown receptions in a 15 game span (24) - game16'86-game2'88
  • Touchdown receptions in a 16 game span (26) - game1'87-game4'88
  • Touchdown receptions in a 17 game span (27) - game16'86-game4'88
  • Touchdown receptions in an 18 game span (27)
  • Touchdown receptions in a 19 game span (28) - game10'86-game12 (last game)'87
  • Touchdown receptions in a 20 game span (28) - game10'86-game1'88
  • Touchdown receptions in a 21 game span (29) - game10'86-game2'88
  • Touchdown receptions in a 22 game span (29) - game10'86-game3'88
  • Touchdown receptions in a 23 game span (32) - game10'86-game4'88
  • Touchdown receptions in a 24 game span (34) - game5'86-game12 (last game b/c of strike)'87
  • Touchdown receptions in a 25 game span (36) - game4'86-game12 (last game b/c of strike)'87
  • Touchdown receptions in a 26 game span (36) - game3'86-game12 (last game b/c of strike)'87
  • Touchdown receptions in a 27 game span (37) - game2'86-game12 (last game b/c of strike)'87
  • Touchdown receptions in a 28 game span (37) - game4'86-game1'88
  • Touchdown receptions in a 29 game span (40) - game4'86-game4'88
  • Touchdown receptions in a 30 game span (40) - game3'86-game4'88
  • Touchdown receptions in a 31 game span (41) - game2'86-game4'88
  • Touchdown receptions in a 32 game span (41) - game2'86-game5'88
  • Touchdown receptions in a 33 game span (41) - game2'86-game6'88
  • Touchdown receptions in a 34 game span (41) - game2'86-game7'88
  • Touchdown receptions in a 35 game span (42) - game2'86-game8'88
  • Touchdown receptions in a 36 game span (42) - game2'86-game9'88
  • Touchdown receptions in a 37 game span (42) - game2'86-game10'88
  • Touchdown receptions in a 38 game span (44) - game4'86-game13'88
  • Touchdown receptions in a 39 game span (45) - game4'86-game14'88
  • Touchdown receptions in a 40 game span (45)
  • Touchdown receptions in a 41 game span (46) - game2'86-game14'88
  • Touchdown receptions in a 42 game span (46) - game4'86-game1'89
  • Touchdown receptions in a 43 game span (47) - game4'86-game2'89
  • Touchdown receptions in a 44 game span (50) - game6'87-game5'90-
  • Touchdown receptions in a 45 game span (51) - game5'87-game5'90
  • Touchdown receptions in a 46 game span (52) - game4'87-game5'90
  • Touchdown receptions in a 47 game span (53) - game3'87-game5'90
  • Touchdown receptions in a 48 game span (55) - game2'87-game5'90
  • Touchdown receptions in a 49 game span (56) - game1'87-game5'90
  • Touchdown receptions in a 50 game span (57) - game16'86-game5'90-
  • Touchdown receptions in a 51 game span (58) - game16'86-game6'90
  • Touchdown receptions in a 52 game span (59) - game4'86-game11'89
  • Touchdown receptions in a 53 game span (60) - game4'86-game12'89
  • Touchdown receptions in a 54 game span (61)
  • Touchdown receptions in a 55 game span (61)
  • Touchdown receptions in a 56 game span (62) - game10'86-game5'90
  • Touchdown receptions in a 57 game span (62) - game9'86-game5'90
  • Touchdown receptions in a 58 game span (63) - game8'86-game5'90
  • Touchdown receptions in a 59 game span (63) - game7'86-game5'90
  • Touchdown receptions in a 60 game span (65) - game6'86-game5'90
  • Touchdown receptions in a 61 game span (68) - game5'86-game5'90
  • Touchdown receptions in a 62 game span (70) - game4'86-game5'90-
  • Touchdown receptions in a 63 game span (70) - game4'86-game6'90
  • Touchdown receptions in a 64 game span (71) - game4'86-game7'90
  • Touchdown receptions in a 65 game span (72) - game4'86-game8'90
  • Touchdown receptions in a 66 game span (73) - game4'86-game9'90
  • Touchdown receptions in a 67 game span (73)
  • Touchdown receptions in a 68 game span (74) - game2'86-game9'90
  • Touchdown receptions in a 69 game span (75)
  • Touchdown receptions in a 70 game span (75)
  • Touchdown receptions in a 71 game span (75)
  • Touchdown receptions in a 72 game span (75)
  • Touchdown receptions in a 73 game span (76)
  • Touchdown receptions in a 74 game span (76)
  • Touchdown receptions in a 75 game span (78) - game4'86-game2'91
  • Touchdown receptions in a 76 game span (80) - game4'86-game3'91
  • Touchdown receptions in a 77 game span (81) - game4'86-game4'91
  • Touchdown receptions in a 78 game span (81) - game4'86-game5'91
  • Touchdown receptions in a 79 game span (82) - game4'86-game6'91
  • Touchdown receptions in an 80 game span (83) - game4'86-game7'91
  • Touchdown receptions in an 81 game span (83) - game4'86-game8'91
  • Touchdown receptions in an 82 game span (84) - game2'86-game7'91
  • Touchdown receptions in an 83 game span (84) - game2'86-game8'91
  • Touchdown receptions in an 84 game span (84) - game2'86-game9'91
  • Touchdown receptions in an 85 game span (84) - game2'86-game10'91
  • Touchdown receptions in an 86 game span (84) - game4'86-game13'91
  • Touchdown receptions in an 87 game span (85) - game4'86-game14'91
  • Touchdown receptions in an 88 game span (87) - game4'86-game15'91
  • Touchdown receptions in an 89 game span (89) - game4'86-game16'91*
  • Receiving yards in back-to-back games 6 days apart (442), 12/18/95-12/24/95
  • Receptions in back-to-back games 6 days apart (26), 12/18/95-12/24/95
  • Games played by an offensive or defensive player (303)
  • Games started by a non-offensive lineman and non-quarterback (284)
  • Consecutive games with at least 1 reception (274)
  • Consecutive games with at least 2 receptions (146)
  • Consecutive games with at least 12 receptions (2) - tied with Cris Carter, Drew Bennett & Clark Gaines
  • Consecutive games with at least 1 touchdown reception (13)
  • Games with at least 1 reception (296)
  • Games with at least 2 receptions (284)
  • Games with at least 3 receptions (256)
  • Games with at least 4 receptions (213)
  • Games with at least 5 receptions (166)
  • Games with at least 6 receptions (128)
  • Games with at least 7 receptions (86)
  • Games with at least 10 receptions (17)
  • Games with at least 14 receptions (2) - tied with Jason Witten, Brandon Marshall, Jimmy Smith, Marvin Harrison, & Kellen Winslow
  • Games with at least 1 touch (297)
  • Games with at least 2 touches (284)
  • Games with at least 3 touches (264)
  • Games with at least 4 touches (224)
  • Consecutive games with at least 1 touch (274)
  • Longest offensive touchdown in the 13th game of a season (96), via reception in 1988 @ San Diego
  • Receiving yards in the 15th game of a season (289), 1995 vs. Minnesota Vikings
  • Receiving yards in the last 3 games of a season (563), 1995
  • Games with at least 1 yard from scrimmage (295)
  • Games with at least 1 all purpose yard (296)
  • Games with at least 10 yards from scrimmage (288)
  • Games with at least 10 all purpose yards (288)
  • Games with at least 20 yards from scrimmage (279)
  • Games with at least 20 all purpose yards (279)
  • Games with at least 30 yards from scrimmage (253)
  • Games with at least 30 all purpose yards (253)
  • Games with at least 40 yards from scrimmage (232)
  • Games with at least 40 all purpose yards (232)
  • Games with at least 50 yards from scrimmage (202)
  • Games with at least 50 all purpose yards (202)
  • Games with at least 60 yards from scrimmage (182)
  • Games with at least 60 all purpose yards (182)
  • Games with at least 70 yards from scrimmage (153) - tied with Emmitt Smith
  • Fewest games needed to reach 15,000 receiving yards (171) - (no other player has 16,000+ yards receiving)
  • Fewest games needed to reach 14,000 receiving yards (164)
  • Fewest games needed to reach 13,000 receiving yards (154)
  • Fewest games needed to reach 12,000 receiving yards (142)
  • Fewest games needed to reach 140 touchdown receptions (166) - (no other player has 150+ TD receptions)
  • Fewest games needed to reach 130 touchdown receptions (155)
  • Fewest games needed to reach 120 touchdown receptions (141)
  • Fewest games needed to reach 110 touchdown receptions (132)
  • Fewest games needed to reach 100 touchdown receptions (120)
  • Fewest games needed to reach 90 touchdown receptions (107)
  • Fewest games needed to reach 80 touchdown receptions (91)
  • Fewest games needed to reach 70 touchdown receptions (80)
  • Fewest games needed to reach 60 touchdown receptions (69)
  • Fewest games needed to reach 40 touchdown receptions (44) - tied with Randy Moss
  • Games played in single regular season (17) in 2004. He was traded from the Raiders (before their bye week) to the Seahawks (post bye-week) and thus had no bye week - tied with Dexter Carter (1995), Braylon Edwards (2009), & Will Witherspoon (2009)

 Records by month

  • Receptions in September (350)
  • Receptions in October (337)
  • Receptions in November (406)
  • Receptions in December (437)
  • Receiving yards in September (5,636)
  • Receiving yards in October (4,689)
  • Receiving yards in November (6,085)
  • Receiving yards in December (6,193)
  • Touchdowns in September (48)
  • Touchdowns in October (47) - tied with Emmitt Smith
  • Touchdowns in November (59)
  • Touchdowns in December (53)
  • Touchdown receptions in September (45)
  • Touchdown receptions in October (44)
  • Touchdown receptions in November (58)
  • Touchdown receptions in December (49)
  • Yards from scrimmage in September (5,870)
  • Yards from scrimmage in November (6,250)
  • Yards from scrimmage in December (6,317)
  • Receiving yards in the month of December in a single season (595), 1995
  • Touchdown receptions in a single calendar month (10), November 1987

 Team records

  • Games played by a San Francisco 49er (238)
  • Games started by a San Francisco 49er (224)
  • Receiving yards by a San Francisco 49er rookie in a single game (241)
  • Receptions by a San Francisco 49er rookie in a single game (10) - tied with Earl Cooper
  • Points scored by a San Francisco 49er (1,130)
  • Points scored by a San Francisco 49er in a single season (138)
  • Points in a single game by a San Francisco 49er (30) - (Ricky Watters had 30 points in a playoff game)
  • Total touchdowns for one team (San Francisco 49ers) (187)
  • Rushing & receiving touchdowns for one team (San Francisco 49ers) (186)
  • Touchdown receptions for one team (San Francisco 49ers) (176)
  • Touchdowns by a San Francisco 49er in single season (23)
  • Touchdown receptions by a San Francisco 49er in single season (22)
  • Touchdowns in a single game by a San Francisco 49er (5) - (Ricky Watters had 5 touchdowns in a playoff game)
  • Touchdown receptions in a single game by a San Francisco 49er (5)
  • Receptions for one team (San Francisco 49ers) (1,281)
  • Receptions by a San Francisco 49er in a single season (122)
  • Receiving yards for one team (San Francisco 49ers) (19,247)
  • Receiving yards gained in a single season by San Francisco 49er (1,848)
  • Receiving yards by a San Francisco 49er in a single game (289)
  • Yards from scrimmage by a San Francisco 49er in a single game (299)
  • Double digit reception games by a San Francisco 49er (15)
  • Two point conversions by a San Francisco 49er (4)
  • Two point conversions by a San Francisco 49er in a single season (2) - tied with Terry Kirby
  • Yards from scrimmage by a San Francisco 49er (19,872)
  • All-purpose yards by a San Francisco 49er (19,878)
  • 100 yard receiving games for one team (San Francisco 49ers) (66)
  • 200 yard receiving games by a San Francisco 49er (4)
  • Seasons leading a team in receiving yards (14)(13 with San Francisco, 1 with Oakland)
  • Seasons leading a team in touchdown receptions (15)(13 with San Francisco, 2 with Oakland)
  • Seasons leading a team in receptions (13)(11 with San Francisco, 2 with Oakland)
  • Touchdown connections between a San Francisco 49er quarterback and receiver (Steve Young to Jerry Rice) (85)
  • Receiving yards between a San Francisco 49er quarterback and receiver (Steve Young to Jerry Rice) (10,576)
  • Receptions between a San Francisco 49er quarterback and receiver (Steve Young to Jerry Rice) (760)
  • Only player to hold career team records for: points, all purpose yards, yards from scrimmage, receiving yards, receptions, touchdown receptions, & total touchdowns
  • Only player to hold the single season team records for: receiving yards, receptions, touchdown receptions, total touchdowns, & points
  • Only player to hold single game team records for: receiving yards, yards from scrimmage, touchdown receptions, total touchdowns, & points
  • Longest reception by a San Francisco 49er (96) on 11/27/88 - broken by John Taylor (97) 11/3/91, before Rice retired
  • Receptions in a single game by a San Francisco 49er (16) on 11/20/94 - broken by Terrell Owens (20) on 12/17/00, before Rice retired

 Records against opponents

  • Touchdowns against a single opponent (29; Atlanta Falcons)
  • Touchdown receptions against a single opponent (25; Atlanta Falcons)
  • Points scored against the Atlanta Falcons (174) - (John Kasay is 2nd with 171)
  • Receptions against a single opponent (175; Atlanta Falcons)
  • Receiving yards against a single opponent (2,731; Atlanta Falcons)
  • Yards from scrimmage against the Atlanta Falcons (2,857)
  • All purpose yards against the Atlanta Falcons (2,857)
  • Touchdowns scored against the Atlanta Falcons in a single game (5)
  • Touchdown receptions against the Atlanta Falcons in a single game (5)
  • Receptions against the Atlanta Falcons in a single game (13) - tied by Anquan Boldin
  • Points scored against the Atlanta Falcons in a single game (30)-1990
  • Touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons in one season (6)-1990
  • Receiving yards against the Atlanta Falcons in one season (396)-1990
  • Touchdown receptions against the Atlanta Falcons in one season (6)-1990
  • Points scored against the Atlanta Falcons in one season (36)-1990
  • Receptions against the Atlanta Falcons in one season (23)-1995
  • 100 yard receiving games against the Atlanta Falcons (11)
  • Games played against the Atlanta Falcons (29), plus 1 playoff game
  • Touchdowns against the New Orleans Saints (15)
  • Touchdowns receptions against the New Orleans Saints (14)
  • Yards from scrimmage against the New Orleans Saints (2,131)
  • All purpose yards against the New Orleans Saints (2,137)
  • Receptions against the New Orleans Saints (147)
  • Receiving yards against the New Orleans Saints (2,025)
  • Games played against the New Orleans Saints (30)
  • Touchdowns against the StL/LA/Cle Rams (21) - tied with Lenny Moore
  • Touchdowns receptions against the StL/LA/Cle Rams (20)
  • Receptions against the StL/LA/Cle Rams (166)
  • Yards from scrimmage against the StL/LA/Cle Rams (2,615)
  • All purpose yards against the StL/LA/Cle Rams (2,615)
  • Receiving yards against the StL/LA/Cle Rams (2,551)
  • Receptions against the StL/LA/Cle Rams in a single game (16) - tied with Keenan McCardell
  • Receptions against a single opponent in one season (27; Los Angeles Rams)-1994
  • 100 yard receiving games against the StL/LA/Cle Rams (8) - (Anquan Boldin is 2nd with 6)
  • Games played against the StL/LA/Cle Rams (33), plus 2 playoff games
  • Only player to record 20+ receiving touchdowns, 3+ rushing touchdowns, a touchdown pass, & a fumble return touchdown against a single opponent (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Only player to record 25+ receiving touchdowns and 3+ rushing touchdowns against a single opponent (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Only player with 160+ receptions against 2 different teams (St. Louis (LA/Cle) Rams, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Only player with 140+ receptions against 3 different teams (St. Louis (LA/Cle) Rams, Atlanta Falcons, & New Orleans Saints)
  • Only player with 2,500 receiving yards against 2 different teams (St. Louis (LA/Cle) Rams, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Only player with 2,000 receiving yards against 3 different teams (St. Louis (LA/Cle) Rams, Atlanta Falcons, & New Orleans Saints)
  • Number of opponents with 750+ receiving yards against (9), (Rams, Saints, Falcons, Chargers, Panthers, Packers, Cardinals, Vikings, Cowboys)
  • Number of opponents with 10+ touchdown receptions against (6), (Rams, Saints, Falcons, Chargers, Vikings, Buccaneers)
  • Number of opponents with 50+ receptions against (12), (Rams, Saints, Falcons, Panthers, Vikings, Lions, Packers, Cardinals, Cowboys, Broncos, Chargers, Titans/Oilers)
  • As a member of one team (San Francisco 49ers), Rice caught a touchdown pass against 27 opponents (every NFL team during that time) and at least 2 touchdown receptions against 26 teams during the regular season in an 8 season period (1987–1994). The only team Rice did not have at least two touchdown receptions against in that time frame during the regular season was the Denver Broncos, whom he had 3 against in Super Bowl XXIV, of the 1989 season.
  • Recorded a 100+ yard receiving game against 26 different opponents
  • Receptions by one player gainst the Minnesota Vikings in a single game (14)
  • Receiving yards against the Minnesota Vikings in a single game (289)(also 2nd to Donald Driver's 290 receiving yards against Vikings in one season(2 games))
  • Yards from scrimmage by one player against the Minnesota Vikings in a single game (299)
  • Touchdowns scored against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a single game (4) - tied with Marshall Faulk & Sterling Sharpe
  • Touchdown receptions against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a single game (4) - tied with Sterling Sharpe
  • Points scored against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a single game (24) - tied with Marshall Faulk & Sterling Sharpe
  • 100+ yard receiving games against the New Orleans Saints (5) - broken by Isaac Bruce (7)

 Records by Location

  • Touchdowns in a game in Atlanta (5)
  • Touchdown receptions in a game in Atlanta (5)
  • Points scored in a game in Atlanta (30)
  • Touchdown receptions in a game in Tampa Bay (4) - tied with Sterling Sharpe
  • Touchdowns in a game in Tampa Bay (4) - tied with Marshall Faulk & Sterling Sharpe
  • Points scored in a game in Tampa Bay (24) - tied with Marshall Faulk & Sterling Sharpe
  • Touchdowns scored in Atlanta by a player from the visiting team (11)
  • Touchdown receptions in Atlanta by a player from the visiting team (10) - tied with Terrell Owens
  • Receptions in Atlanta by a player from the visiting team (90)
  • Receiving yards in Atlanta by a player from the visiting team (1,281)
  • Yards from scrimmage in Atlanta by a player from the visiting team (1,306)
  • All purpose yards in Atlanta by a player from the visiting team (1,306)
  • Receptions in New Orleans by a player from the visiting team (67)
  • Receiving yards in New Orleans by a player from the visiting team (905)
  • Yards from scrimmage in New Orleans by a player from the visiting team (974)
  • All purpose yards in New Orleans by a player from the visiting team (974) - Steve Smith is 2nd with 927
  • All purpose yards at St. Louis (LA/Cle) Rams by a player from the visiting team (1,381)
  • Receptions at St. Louis (LA/Cle) Rams by a player from the visiting team (80)
  • Receiving yards at St. Louis (LA/Cle) Rams by a player from the visiting team (1,337)
  • Yards from scrimmage at St. Louis (LA/Cle) Rams by a player from the visiting team (1,381)
  • Touchdown receptions at St. Louis (LA/Cle) Rams by a player from the visiting team (10)
  • Touchdowns at St. Louis (LA/Cle) Rams by a player from the visiting team (11)
  • Longest touchdown reception in San Diego (96)
  • Longest play from scrimmage in San Diego (96)
  • Receiving yards in a single game played in Candlestick Park (289)
  • Yards from scrimmage in a single game played in Candlestick Park (299)
  • All purpose yards in a single game played in Candlestick Park (299)
  • Yards from scrimmage in Candlestick Park (9,701), (5 yards from scrimmage came as a member of the Seahawks)
  • All purpose yards in Candlestick Park (9,707), (5 all purpose yards came as a member of the Seahawks)
  • Receptions in one stadium (Candlestick Park, 646), (1 reception came as a member of the Seahawks)
  • Receiving yards made in one stadium (Candlestick Park, 9,403), (5 receiving yards came as a member of the Seahawks)
  • Touchdowns made in one stadium (Candlestick Park: 97)
  • Touchdown receptions made in one stadium (Candlestick Park: 89)
  • Touchdowns made in one state (California, 123), (L.A./Oakland, Anaheim, S.D., S.F., & Stanford(due to an earthquake which caused destruction to Candlestick Park))
  • Touchdown receptions made in one state (California, 115)
  • Receptions in one state (California; 865)
  • Receiving yards made in one state (California; 12,793)
  • Yards from scrimmage in one state (California; 13,166)
  • All-purpose yards in one state (California; 13,172)
  • Touchdowns on the east coast by a west coast player (40), Teams: 49ers, Raiders, Seahawks; GA:11, FL:12, PA:6, NJ:5, NY:1, MA:2, DC:1, NC: 2
  • Receiving yards at home (11,452)
  • Receiving yards on the road (11,443)
  • Receptions at home (786)
  • Receptions on the road (763)
  • Touchdowns made at home (115)
  • Touchdown receptions made at home (108)
  • Touchdowns made on the road (93)
  • Touchdown receptions made on the road (90)
  • Yards from scrimmage at home (11,758)
  • All purpose yards at home (11,764)
  • Yards from scrimmage on the road (11,782)
  • All purpose yards on the road (11,782)
  • Recorded at least 4 NFL receptions in 23 different states plus the nation's capitol(WA, CA, AZ, CO, TX, LA, TN, MO, NC, SC(Clemson '95), GA, FL, MD, DC, PA, NJ, NY, MA, OH, IN, MI, MN, WS, IL) - Marshall Faulk is the only other player with receptions in all these places.
  • Recorded NFL receptions in 46 different stadiums
  • Recorded an NFL touchdown reception in 41 different stadiums

 Age records

  • Oldest non-quarterback to record a 2 pt. conversion (36 years, 5 days)
  • Oldest player to catch a 2 pt. conversion pass (36 years, 5 days)
  • 2 point conversions by a player 36 years (or older) in a season (2)
  • Oldest Seattle Seahawk to record a reception (42 years, 67 days)
  • Oldest LA/Oakland Raider to record a reception (41 years, 357 days)
  • Oldest San Francisco 49er to record a reception (38 years, 71 days)
  • Oldest Seattle Seahawk to record a touchdown (42 years, 67 days)
  • Oldest LA/Oakland Raider to record a touchdown (41 years, 62 days)
  • Oldest San Francisco 49er to record a touchdown (38 years, 51 days)
  • Oldest Seattle Seahawk to record a touchdown reception (42 years, 67 days)
  • Oldest LA/Oakland Raider to record a touchdown reception (41 years, 62 days)
  • Oldest San Francisco 49er to record a touchdown reception (38 years, 51 days)
  • Oldest non-kicker/non-quarterback to score (42 years, 67 days)
  • Oldest non-quarterback to score a touchdown (42 years, 67 days)
  • Oldest wide receiver to appear in a game (42 years, 81 days)
  • Oldest non-quarterback to record 1+ yards from scrimage in a game (42 years, 67 days)
  • Oldest LA/Oakland Raider to record 10+ yards from scrimmage in a game (41 years, 357 days)
  • Oldest LA/Oakland Raider to record 1+ yards receiving in a game (41 years, 357 days)
  • Oldest non-quarterback/non-punter with a 10+ yard run (40 years, 14 days)
  • Oldest non-quarterback/non-punter to attempt a rush (40 years, 50 days)
  • Oldest non-quarterback/non-punter with a 1+ yard run (40 years, 50 days)
  • Only player 37 years or older to record a touchdown reception of 40+ yards (he has 5)
  • Oldest player to record a 45+ yard touchdown reception (41 years, 41 days)
  • Oldest player to record a 65+ yard touchdown reception (37 years, 347 days)
  • Oldest player to record a 75+ yard touchdown reception (36 years, 68 days)
  • Oldest player to record a 75+ yard reception (39 years, 351 days)
  • Oldest player with a 75+ yard gain (39 years, 351 days)
  • Oldest player to record a 50+ yard reception (42 years, 39 days)
  • Oldest player with a 50+ yard gain (42 years, 39 days)
  • Oldest player to record a 30+ yard reception (42 years, 54 days)
  • Oldest player with a 30+ yard gain from scrimmage (42 years, 54 days)
  • Oldest player to record 10+ yard reception (42 years, 67 days)
  • Oldest player to record 20+ yards from scrimmage in a game (42 years, 67 days)
  • Oldest player to record 1-20+ yards receiving in a game (42 years, 67 days)
  • Oldest player to record 50+ yards from scrimmage in a game (42 years, 60 days)
  • Oldest player to record 50+ all-purpose yards in a game (42 years, 60 days)
  • Oldest player to record 50+ yards receiving in a game (42 years, 60 days)
  • Oldest player to record a reception (42 years, 67 days)
  • Oldest player to record at least 2 or 3 receptions in a game (42 years, 67 days)
  • Oldest player to record at least 4 or 5 receptions in a game (42 years, 60 days)
  • Oldest player to record at least 6-8 receptions in a game(42 years, 54 days)
  • Oldest player to record at least 9 or 10 receptions in a game (41 years, 70 days)
  • Oldest player to record at least 11+ receptions in a game (39 years, 337 days)
  • Oldest player to record at least 16+ receptions in a game (32 years, 38 days)
  • Oldest player to record 3+ touchdown receptions in a game (39 years, 36 days)
  • Oldest player to record 3+ touchdowns in a game (39 years, 36 days)
  • Oldest player to record 2+ touchdown receptions in a game (40 years, 29 days)
  • Oldest player to record 2+ non-rushing touchdowns in a game (40 years, 29 days)
  • Oldest player to record a non-rushing touchdown (42 years, 67 days)
  • Oldest player to record a touchdown reception (42 years, 67 days)
  • Oldest player to record a 100+ yard receiving game (42 years, 54 days)
  • Oldest player to record 100+ yards from scrimmage in a game (42 years, 54 days)
  • Oldest player to record 100+ all-purpose yards in a game (42 years, 54 days)
  • Oldest player to record a 150+ yard receiving game (41 years, 70 days)
  • Oldest player to record 150+ yards from scrimmage in a game (41 years, 70 days)
  • Oldest player to record 150+ all-purpose yards in a game (41 years, 70 days)
  • Oldest player to record 250+ receiving yards in a game (33 years, 66 days)
  • Oldest player to record 275+ receiving yards in a game (33 years, 66 days)
  • Oldest player to record 289+ receiving yards in a game (33 years, 66 days)
  • Oldest player to record 250+ yards from scrimmage in a game (33 years, 66 days)
  • Oldest player to record 275+ yards from scrimmage in a game (33 years, 66 days)
  • Oldest player to record 299+ yards from scrimmage in a game (33 years, 66 days)
  • Oldest player to record 275+ all-purpose yards in a game (33 years, 66 days)
  • Oldest player to record 299+ all-purpose yards in a game (33 years, 66 days)
  • Receiving yards per game by a player 33 years or older in a season (115.5)
  • Receiving yards by a player 33 years or older in a season (1,848), NFL overall record
  • All-purpose yards by a player 33 years or older in a season (1,884)
  • Yards from scrimmage by a player 33 years or older in a season (1,884)
  • Receiving yards per game by a player 40 years or older in a season (75.7)
  • Receiving yards by a player 40 years or older in a season (1,211)
  • Yards from scrimmage by a player 40 years or older in a season (1,231)
  • All-purpose yards by a player 40 years or older in a season (1,231)
  • Rushing yards by a non-quarterback in a season 40 years or older (20)
  • Receiving yards per game by a player 41 years or older in a season (54.4)
  • Receiving yards by a player 41 years or older in a season (869)
  • Yards from scrimmage by a player 41 years or older in a season (869)
  • All-purpose yards by a player 41 years or older in a season (869)
  • Receiving yards per game by a player 42 years or older in a season (25.2)
  • Receiving yards by a player 42 years or older in a season (429)
  • Yards from scrimmage by a player 42 years or older in a season (429)
  • All-purpose yards by a player 42 years or older in a season (429)
  • Receptions by a player 33 years or older in a season (122)
  • Receptions by a player 34 years or older in a season (108)
  • Oldest player to lead the league in receptions (108 receptions at 34)
  • Receptions by a player 40 years or older in a season (92)
  • Receptions by a player 41 years or older in a season (63)
  • Receptions by a player 42 years or older in a season (30)
  • Touchdowns by a player 42 years or older in a season (3)
  • Touchdown receptions by a player 42 years or older in a season (3)
  • Touchdowns by a player 41 years or older in a season (2) - tied with Doug Flutie - broken by Rice @ age 42
  • Touchdown receptions by a player 41 years or older in a season (2) - broken by Rice @ age 42
  • Touchdowns by a player 40 years or older in a season (7)
  • Touchdown receptions by a player 40 years or older in a season (7)
  • Touchdowns by a player 39 years or older in a season (9)
  • Touchdown receptions by a player 39 years (or older) in a season (9)
  • Touchdowns by a player 38 years or older in a season (7) - tied with Charlie Joiner - broken by Rice @ age 39
  • Touchdown receptions by a player 38 years (or older) in a season (7) - tied with Charlie Joiner - broken by Rice @ age 39
  • Touchdown receptions by a player 36 years (or older) in a season (9) - tied w/ himself @ age 39
  • Touchdown receptions by a player 33 years (or older) in a season (15) - tied w/ Terrell Owens
  • Touchdowns by a player 25 years or younger in a season (23)
  • Touchdown receptions by a player 25 years or younger in a season (22)
  • Receptions after 40th birthday (161) - Brett Favre is the only other player over 40 with one reception, for -2 yards
  • Receiving yards after 40th birthday (2,169) - no other player has any
  • Yards from scrimmage after 40th birthday (2,182)
  • All-purpose yards after 40th birthday (2,182)
  • Touchdowns after 40th birthday (10)
  • Touchdown receptions after 40th birthday (10) - no other player has any
  • 100+ yard receiving games after 40th birthday (7) - no other player has any games with 1+ yard receiving
  • Games with 100+ yards from scrimmage after 40th birthday (7) - no other player has any
  • Games with 100+ yards from scrimmage after 35th birthday (15)
  • Games with 100+ yards from scrimmage after 30th birthday (43)
  • Games with 100+ all purpose yards after 35th birthday (15)
  • Games with 100+ all purpose yards after 40th birthday (7) - no other player has any
  • Receptions after 35th birthday (495)
  • Receiving yards after 35th birthday (6,480)
  • Yards from scrimmage after 35th birthday (6,511)
  • All-purpose yards after 35th birthday (6,511)
  • Touchdowns after 35th birthday (43)
  • Touchdown receptions after 35th birthday (43)
  • 100+ yard receiving games after 35th birthday (15)
  • Receptions after 30th birthday (1,000)
  • Receiving yards after 30th birthday (13,546)
  • Yards from scrimmage after 30th birthday (13,586)
  • All-purpose yards after 30th birthday (13,586)
  • Touchdowns after 30th birthday (108)
  • Touchdown receptions after 30th birthday (102)
  • 100+ yard receiving games after 30th birthday (40)
  • Oldest player to record a touchdown (42 years, 67 days) on 12/19/04 – broken by Doug Flutie at 42 years, 71 days, on 1/2/05; before Rice retired
  • Oldest player to record 2+ touchdowns in a game (40 years, 29 days) on 11/11/02 – broken by Doug Flutie at 41 years, 17 days, on 11/9/03 before Rice retired

 Records by Decade

  • Only player to record 70+ touchdowns in two different decades (1980s:70, 1990s:110)
  • Only player to record 60+ touchdown receptions in two different decades (1980s:66, 1990s:103)
  • Only player to record 300+ receptions in 3 different decades (1980s:346, 1990s:860, 2000s:343)
  • Only player to record 4,000+ receiving yards in 3 different decades (1980s:6,364, 1990s:12,078, 2000s:4,453)
  • Only player to record 4,000+ all-purpose yards 3 different decades (1980s:6,659, 1990s:12,416, 2000s:4,471)
  • Only player to record 4,000+ yards from scrimmage in 3 different decades (1980s:6,653, 1990s:12,416, 2000s:4,471)
  • Only player to record at least 10 games with 100+ yards receiving in 3 different decades (1980s: 25, 1990s: 41, 2000s: 10)
  • Only player to record at least 25 games with 100+ yards receiving in 2 different decades (1980s: 25, 1990s: 41)
  • Only player to record at least 10 games with 100+ yards receiving in 3 different decades (1980s: 25, 1990s: 41, 2000s: 10)
  • Only player to record at least 10 games with 150+ yards receiving in 2 different decades (1980s: 10, 1990s: 19)
  • Only player to record at least 5 multi-touchdown games in 3 different decades (1980s: 17, 1990s: 23, 2000s: 5)
  • Only player to record at least 5 multi-touchdown receptions games in 3 different decades (1980s: 16, 1990s: 22, 2000s: 5)
  • First player to record at least one 3 touchdown game in three different decades (1980s: 7, 1990s: 6, 2000s: 1)
  • First player to record at least one 3 touchdown reception game in three different decades (1980s: 6, 1990s: 4, 2000s: 1)
  • First player to record at least 2 double digit reception games in three different decades (1980s: 2, 1990s: 13, 2000s: 2)
  • Only player in the post AFL-NFL merger era to lead all other players at his position(wide receivers) in touchdowns in 2 separate decades (1980s: 70, 1990s: 110)
  • Only receiver in the post AFL-NFL merger era to finish in the top two in a major statistical category in two separate decades (finished 2nd in receiving touchdowns during the 1980s with 66, and finished 1st in receiving touchdowns during the 1990s with 103). Steve Largent finished 1st in receiving touchdowns in the 1980s with 69(3 more than Rice) despite playing 5 years longer.
  • Only player to record a 90+ yard reception, an 80+ yard reception, & a 75+ yard reception in 3 separate decades
  • Only player to record a 90+ yard touchdown reception, an 80+ yard touchdown reception, & a 60+ yard touchdown reception in 3 separate decades
  • Only player to record a 1,000+ yard receiving season in 3 separate decades
  • Only player to record at least two 1,000+ yard receiving season in 3 separate decades
  • Only player to record a 1,100+ yard receiving season in 3 separate decades
  • Only player to record a 1,200+ yard receiving season in 3 separate decades
  • Only player to record a season with 9+ TDs in 3 separate decades

 Monday Night records

  • Games played on Monday Night Football (45)
  • Points scored by a non-kicker on Monday Night Football (216) - 2nd place overall behind Gary Anderson with 241
  • Touchdowns on Monday Night Football (36)
  • Touchdown receptions on Monday Night Football (34)
  • Receptions on Monday Night Football (254)
  • Receiving yards on Monday Night Football (4,029)
  • Yards from scrimmage on Monday Night Football (4,116)
  • All purpose yards on Monday Night Football (4,116)
  • Yards from scrimmage on a MNF game (299); 12/18/95
  • MNF games with 200+ all purpose yards (3)
  • MNF games with 175+ all purpose yards (5) - tied with Emmitt Smith
  • MNF games with 125+ all purpose yards (11)
  • MNF games with 225+ yards from scrimmage (2)
  • MNF games with 200+ yards from scrimmage (3)
  • MNF games with 175+ yards from scrimmage (5) - tied with Emmitt Smith
  • MNF games with 125+ yards from scrimmage (11)
  • MNF games with 75+ yards from scrimmage (23)
  • Touchdown receptions on a MNF game (3, twice) - tied with 11 others who did this once
  • Games with at least 2 touchdown receptions (9)
  • Games with at least 1 touchdown reception (23)
  • Only player to record a double digit reception game on MNF in 3 different decades
  • Only player to record a 150 yard receiving game on MNF in 3 different decades
  • Receptions on a MNF game (14); 12/18/95 - tied with Herman Moore
  • Games with 13+ receptions on MNF (1) - tied with Herman Moore, Terrell Owens, & Andre Reed
  • Games with 12+ receptions on MNF (2)
  • Games with 11+ receptions on MNF (3)
  • Games with 10+ receptions on MNF (5)
  • Games with 9+ receptions on MNF (7)
  • Games with 8+ receptions on MNF (11)
  • Games with 7+ receptions on MNF (15)
  • Games with 6+ receptions on MNF (19)
  • Games with 5+ receptions on MNF (25)
  • Games with 4+ receptions on MNF (36)
  • Games with 3+ receptions on MNF (41)
  • Games with 2+ receptions on MNF (43)
  • Games with 1+ receptions on MNF (45)
  • Consecutive MNF games with a reception (45)
  • Receiving yards on a MNF game (289); 12/18/95
  • Games with 225+ receiving yards on MNF (2)
  • Games with 200+ receiving yards on MNF (3)
  • Games with 175+ receiving yards on MNF (4)
  • Games with 150+ receiving yards on MNF (6)
  • Games with 125+ receiving yards on MNF (10)
  • Games with 100+ receiving yards on MNF (14)
  • Games with 75+ receiving yards on MNF (23)
  • Receiving yards on MNF games played in a single season (619), 1995
  • Receptions on MNF games played in a single season (33), 1995
  • Touchdown receptions on MNF games played in a single season (5), 1995 - tied with Mark Clayton, 1984
  • Yards from scrimmage on MNF games played in a single season (629), 1995
  • All-purpose yards on MNF games played in a single season (629), 1995
  • Receiving yards on MNF games played in a single decade (2,223), 1990–1999
  • Receptions on MNF games played in a single decade (141), 1990–1999
  • Touchdown receptions on MNF games played in a single decade (20), 1990–1999
  •  Single accomplishment records
  • Only player with 16,000+ receiving yards
  • Only player with 1,200+ receptions
  • Only player with 160+ touchdown receptions
  • Only player with 180+ touchdowns
  • Only player with 22,000+ yards from scrimmage
  • Only player with 23,500+ all purpose yards
  • Only player with 15,000+ receiving yards & 200+ rushing yards
  • Only player with 15,000+ receiving yards & 1+ rushing touchdown
  • Only player with 15,000+ receiving yards & 1+ touchdown pass
  • Only player with 14,000+ receiving yards & 300+ rushing yards
  • Only player with 14,000+ receiving yards & 60+ rushing attempts
  • Only player with 14,000+ receiving yards & 6+ rushing touchdowns
  • Only player with 14,000+ receiving yards & 10+ pass attempts
  • Only player with 14,000+ receiving yards, 200+ rushing yards, & 1+ touchdown pass
  • Only player with 14,000+ receiving yards, 200+ rushing yards, & 50+ passing yards
  • Only player with 14,000+ receiving yards & 1+ fumble return for a touchdown
  • Only player with 13,000+ receiving yards & 4+ rushing touchdowns
  • Only player with 13,000+ receiving yards, 7+ rushing touchdowns, & 1+ touchdown pass
  • Only player with 13,000+ receiving yards, 3+ rushing touchdowns, & 3+ completions
  • Only player with 13,000+ receiving yards, 3+ rushing touchdowns, & 3+ pass attempts
  • Only player with 13,000+ receiving yards, 3+ rushing touchdowns, & 50+ rushing attempts
  • Only player with 13,000+ receiving yards, 3+ rushing touchdowns, & 300+ rushing yards
  • Only player with 13,000+ receiving yards, 3+ rushing touchdowns, & 1+ fumble return for a touchdown
  • Only player with 12,000+ receiving yards & 8+ rushing touchdowns
  • Only player with 12,000+ receiving yards, 50+ rushing attempts, 2+ rushing touchdowns
  • Only player with 12,000+ receiving yards, 250+ rushing yards, & 2+ rushing touchdowns
  • Only player with 11,000+ receiving yards & 9+ rushing touchdowns
  • Only player with 10,000+ receiving yards, 500+ rushing yards, & 50+ passing yards
  • Only player with 10,000+ receiving yards, 500+ rushing yards, & 5+ pass attempts
  • Only player with 10,000+ receiving yards, 500+ rushing yards, & 2+ completions
  • Only player with 10,000+ receiving yards, 500+ rushing yards, & 2+ rushing touchdowns
  • Only player with 10,000+ receiving yards & 600+ rushing yards
  • Only player with 10,000+ receiving yards, 300+ rushing yards, & 1+ touchdown pass
  • Only player with 10,000+ receiving yards & 80+ rushing attempts
  • Only player with 10,000+ receiving yards & 10+ rushing touchdowns
  • Only player with 9,000+ receiving yards, 10+ rushing touchdowns, 1+ fumble return for a touchdown
  • Only player with 5,000+ receiving yards, 500+ rushing yards, 50+ passing yards, 5+ kick off return yards, & 600+ receptions
  • Only player with 650+ receptions, 600+ rushing yards, 60+ passing yards, & 6+ kick off return yards
  • Only player with 90+ touchdown receptions, 3+ touchdowns rushing, & 3+ completions
  • Only player with 90+ touchdown receptions, 3+ touchdowns rushing, & 70+ passing yards
  • Only player with 90+ touchdown receptions & 300+ yards rushing
  • Only player with 80+ touchdown receptions & 4+ touchdowns rushing
  • Only player with 80+ touchdown receptions & 600+ yards rushing
  • Only player with 80+ touchdown receptions & 80+ rushing attempts
  • Only player with 80+ touchdown receptions, 200+ rushing yards, & 3+ completions
  • Only player with 70+ touchdown receptions, 1+ touchdown pass, & 1+ fumble return for a touchdown
  • Only player with 70+ touchdown receptions, 1+ touchdown rushing, & 1+ fumble return for a touchdown
  • Only player with 50+ touchdown receptions, 10+ touchdowns rushing, & 1+ fumble return for touchdown
  • Only player with 1,100+ receptions & 1+ touchdown pass
  • Only player with 1,100+ receptions & 1+ completion
  • Only player with 1,100+ receptions & 1+ rushing touchdown
  • Only player with 1,100+ receptions & 100+ rushing yards
  • Only player with 1,100+ receptions & 20+ rushing attempts
  • Only player with 1,000+ receptions, 3+ completions, & 1+ touchdown pass
  • Only player with 1,000+ receptions, 1+ touchdown pass, & 1+ rushing touchdown
  • Only player with 1,000+ receptions, 1+ touchdown pass, & 1+ fumble return for a touchdown
  • Only player with 1,000+ receptions, 1+ rushing touchdown, & 1+ fumble return for a touchdown
  • Only player with 1,000+ receptions, 70+ passing yards, & 1+ touchdown pass
  • Only player with 1,000+ receptions & 10+ pass attempts
  • Only player with 1,000+ receptions & 60+ rushing attempts
  • Only player with 1,000+ receptions & 4+ rushing touchdowns
  • Only player with 1,000+ receptions & 300+ yards rushing
  • Only player with 1,000+ receptions, 200+ yards rushing, & 50+ yards passing
  • Only player with 1,000+ receptions, 200+ yards rushing, & 2+ completions
  • Only player with 1,000+ receptions, 100+ yards rushing, & 1+ touchdown pass
  • Only player with 900+ receptions & 80+ rushing attempts
  • Only player with 900+ receptions & 10+ rushing touchdowns
  • Only player with 900+ receptions & 600+ yards rushing
  • Only player with 900+ receptions, 300+ yards rushing, & 1+ touchdown pass
  • Only player with 900+ receptions, 300+ yards rushing, & 10+ pass attempts
  • Only player with 900+ receptions, 300+ yards rushing, & 10+ rushing touchdowns
  • Only player with 900+ receptions, 300+ yards rushing, & 70+ passing yards
  • Only player with 900+ receptions, 300+ yards rushing, & 3+ completions
  • Only player with 900+ receptions, 300+ yards rushing, & 80+ rushing attempts
  • Only player with 800+ receptions, 400+ yards rushing, & 3+ completions
  • Only player with 800+ receptions, 400+ yards rushing, & 10+ pass attempts
  • Only player with 800+ receptions, 400+ yards rushing, & 70+ passing yards
  • Only player with 800+ receptions, 400+ yards rushing, & 1+ touchdown pass
  • Only player with 800+ receptions, 10+ rushing touchdowns, & 1+ fumble return for a touchdown
  • Only player with 700+ receptions, 500+ yards rushing, & 1+ touchdown pass
  • Only player with 700+ receptions, 500+ yards rushing, & 2+ completions
  • Only player with 700+ receptions, 500+ yards rushing, & 10+ pass attempts
  • Only player with 700+ receptions, 500+ yards rushing, & 70+ passing yards
  • Only player with 650+ receptions, 10+ rushing touchdowns, & 10+ pass attempts
  • Only player with 1,000+ points & 600+ receptions
  • Only player with 1,100+ points & 400+ touches
  • Only player with 1,100+ points & 300+ receptions
  • Only player with 1,100+ points, 80+ rushing attempts, & 2+ receptions
  • Only player with 1,100+ points, 80+ rushing attempts, 0+ receiving yards
  • Only player with 1,100+ points & 400+ yards rushing
  • Only player with 1,100+ points & 10+ rushing touchdowns
  • Only player with 1,100+ points & 50+ touchdown receptions
  • Only player with 1,100+ points & 5,000+ yards receiving
  • Only player with 1,100+ points & 5,000+ yards from scrimmage
  • Only player with 1,100+ points & 5,000+ all-purpose yards
  • Only player with 1,100+ points, 5+ kickoff return yards, 10+ yards rushing, & 5+ yards receiving
  • Only player with 1,100+ points, 5+ kickoff return yards, 5+ pass attempts, & 5+ yards receiving
  • Only player with 1,100+ points, 5+ kickoff return yards, 2+ completions, & 2+ yards receiving
  • Only player with 1,100+ points, 10+ yards rushing, & 10+ yards receiving
  • Only player with 18,000+ all-purpose yards & a fumble return for a touchdown
  • Only player with 18,000+ yards from scrimmage & a fumble return for a touchdown
  • Only player with 18,000+ all-purpose yards, 20+ touchdown receptions, 10+ rushing touchdowns, & 1+ touchdown pass
  • Only player with 18,000+ yards from scrimmage, 20+ touchdown receptions, 10+ rushing touchdowns, & 1+ touchdown pass
  • Only player with 17,000+ all-purpose yards & 40+ touchdown receptions
  • Only player with 17,000+ yards from scrimmage & 40+ touchdown receptions
  • Only non-kicker to score in 20 consecutive seasons
  • Scored in 20+ consecutive seasons - shared with Morten Andersen, Gary Anderson, & John Carney
  • Only non-kicker to score for one team (San Francisco 49ers) for 16 consecutive seasons, 1985–2000
  • Scored for the same team for 16+ consecutive seasons - shared with Pat Leahy & Jason Hanson
  • Only player to make 2+ receptions in 16 consecutive seasons for the same team ; 1985–2000, San Francisco 49ers
  • Only player to record 50+ receiving yards in 16 consecutive seasons for the same team ; 1985–2000, San Francisco 49ers
  • Only player to score a touchdown in 16 consecutive seasons for the same team; 1985–2000, San Francisco 49ers
  • Only player to score in 20 consecutive seasons, 16 of which for one team; 1985–2000, San Francisco 49ers
  • Only player to record 1,800+ receiving yards in a single season, 1995
  • Only player to record 1,700+ receiving yards, & 15+ touchdown receptions in the same season, 1995
  • Only player to record 1,700+ receiving yards, & 17+ touchdowns in the same season, 1995
  • Only player to record 1,700+ receiving yards, & 100+ points in the same season, 1995
  • Only player to record 1,500+ receiving yards, & 10+ rushing attempts in the same season, 1986
  • Only player to record 1,500+ receiving yards & 1+ completion in the same season, 1986, 1995 (twice)
  • Only player to record 1,500+ receiving yards & 15+ passing yards in the same season, 1986, 1995 (twice)
  • Only player to record 1,500+ receiving yards & 1+ touchdown pass in the same season, 1995
  • Only player to record at least 3 seasons of 1,500+ receiving yards & 15+ touchdowns, 1986, 1993, 1995
  • Only player to have 1,400+ receiving yards & 2+ rushing touchdowns in the same season, 1994
  • Only player to record 1,300+ receiving yards, 100+ rushing yards, & 1 rushing touchdown in the same season, 1988
  • Only player to record 1,300+ receiving yards, & 13+ rushing attempts in the same season, 1988
  • Only player to record 120+ receptions, 15+ receiving touchdowns, & 1,500+ receiving yards in the same season, 1995
  • Only player to record 120+ receptions, 17+ total touchdowns, & 1,600+ receiving yards in the same season, 1995
  • Only player to record 100+ receptions, 17+ total touchdowns in the same season, & 1,700+ receiving yards, 1995
  • Only player to record 100+ receptions, 100+ points, & 1,600+ receiving yards in the same season, 1995
  • Only player to record 100+ receptions & 104+ points in the same season, 1995
  • Only player to record 120+ receptions & 1+ rushing touchdown in the same season, 1995
  • Only player to record 100+ receptions & 1+ fumble return for a touchdown in the same season, 1995
  • Only player to record 100+ receptions & 40+ passing yards in the same season, 1995
  • Only player to have scored 15+ receiving touchdowns, 1 rushing touchdown, 1 fumble return for a touchdown in the same season, 1995
  • Only player to have 15+ touchdown receptions & 50+ rushing yards in the same season, 1986, 1987, 1993 (3 times)
  • Only player to have 13+ touchdown receptions & 10+ rushing attempts in the same season, 1986
  • Only player to have 13+ touchdown receptions & 90+ rushing yards in the same season, 1994
  • Only player to have 13+ touchdown receptions & 2+ rushing touchdowns, & 70 receptions in the same season, 1994
  • Only player to have 13+ touchdown receptions & 2+ rushing touchdowns, & 70 rushing yards in the same season, 1994
  • Only player to record 1,800+ yards from scrimmage & 110+ receptions in a season, 1995
  • Only player to record 1,800+ all purpose yards & 120+ receptions in a season, 1995
  • Only player to record 5 touchdown receptions & 200+ yards from scrimmage in the same game, 10/14/90
  • Only player to record 5 touchdown receptions & 200+ all purpose yards in the same game, 10/14/90
  • Only player to record 5+ touchdowns & 200+ yards receiving in the same game, 10/14/90
  • Only player to record 5+ touchdowns, 200+ yards from scrimmage, & 10+ receptions in the same game, 10/14/90
  • Only player to record 280+ yards receiving & 10+ yards rushing in the same game, 12/18/95
  • One of three players to record 280+ yards receiving & 3+ touchdowns in a single game, 12/18/95 - Cloyce Box, 12/3/50; Jimmy Smith, 9/10/00
  • One of two players to record 299+ yards from scrimmage & 3+ touchdown receptions in the same game, 12/18/95 - Cloyce Box, 12/3/50
  • One of two to record 299+ all purpose yards & 3+ touchdown receptions in the same game, 12/18/95 - Cloyce Box, 12/3/50
  • Only player to record 16+ receptions & 3+ touchdowns in the same game, 11/20/94
  • Only player to record 16+ receptions & 13+ points in the same game, 11/20/94
  • Only player to record 25+ points & 170+ receiving yards in the same game, 10/14/90
  • Only player to record 25+ points, 10+ receptions, & 170+ receiving yards in the same game, 10/14/90
  • Only player to record 25+ points, 10+ receptions, & 170+ yards from scrimmage in the same game, 10/14/90
  • Only player to record 25+ points, 10+ receptions, & 170+ all purpose yards in the same game, 10/14/90
  • Only player to record 2 games of 200+ receiving yards & 3+ touchdowns, 10/14/90, 12/18/95
  • Only player to record 2 games of 200+ receiving yards & 13+ points, 10/14/90, 12/18/95
  • Only player to record 2 games of 200+ receiving yards & 10+ rushing yards, 12/9/85, 12/18/95
  • Only player to record 3 games with 2+ touchdown receptions, 50+ receiving yards, & 1+ rushing touchdown, 12/20/87, 9/5/94, 10/18/92
  • Only player to record 2 games with 2+ touchdown receptions, 175+ yards from scrimage, & 1+ rushing touchdown, 9/5/94, 10/18/92
  • Only player to record 2 games with 2+ touchdown receptions, 175+ all purpose yards, & 1+ rushing touchdown, 9/5/94, 10/18/92
  • Only player to record 3 games with 160+ receiving yards, & 20+ rushing yards, 9/18/88, 10/18/92, 9/5/94
  • Only player to record 2 games with 160+ receiving yards & 1+ rushing touchdown, 9/5/94, 10/18/92
  • Only player to record 40+ receptions, 500+ yards from scrimmage, and 4+ touchdown receptions in a 4 game span, 11/20/94-12/11/94
  • Only player with 10+ games of 10+ receptions & 3+ games with 200+ yards receiving(17 w/ 10 receptions, 4 w/ 200 receiving yards; some of these games overlap)
  • Only player with a 40+ yard touchdown pass, a 40+ yard touchdown run, a 95+ yard touchdown reception, & a fumble return for a touchdown
  • Only player to record games of 15+ receptions, 275+ receiving yards, & 5+ touchdowns
  • Only player to record games of 15+ receptions, 275+ yards from scrimmage, & 5+ touchdowns
  • Only player to record games of 15+ receptions, 275+ all purpose yards, & 5+ touchdowns
  • Only player to record games of 15+ receptions, 275+ receiving yards, & 25+ points
  • Only player to record games of 15+ receptions, 275+ yards from scrimmage, & 25+ points
  • Only player to record games of 15+ receptions, 275+ all purpose yards, & 25+ points
  • Only player to record seasons of 120+ receptions, 1,700+ receiving yards, & 18+ touchdowns
  • Only player to record seasons of 120+ receptions, 1,700+ receiving yards, & 120+ points
  • Only player to score a point & gain a yard in 18+ seasons
  • Only player to rank in the top 6 for a single game high in 3 receiving categories (Touchdown Receptions: 1st(5); Receptions: 6th(16); Receiving Yards: 6th(289))
  • Only player to rank in the top 4 for a single season high in 3 receiving categories (Touchdown Receptions: 2nd(22); Receptions: 4th(122); Receiving Yards: 1st(1,848))

 Quarterback to receiver records

  • Consecutive seasons catching a pass from the same quarterback (13) (Steve Young/Jerry Rice), 1987–1999
  • Touchdown combinatons by players that are at least 36 (14), (Rich Gannon/Jerry Rice)(7) & (Steve Young/Jerry Rice)(7)
  • Only player to catch 2+ touchdown passes by a quarterback 13+ years younger (Matt Hasselbeck,29/Jerry Rice,42)
  • One of two players to catch a touchdown pass from 10+ different players from one team (San Francisco 49ers) - shared with Lance Alworth (San Diego Chargers)
  • Only player to catch a touchdown pass from 10+ different players from one team (San Francisco 49ers), & 2+ different players from 1 team & 2+ players from another team (Seattle Seahawks & Oakland Raiders)
  • One of two players to catch 8+ touchdown passes from two different quarterbacks in a season; 1987 (Joe Montana, 13)(Steve Young, 8) - shared with Elroy Hirsch; 1951, (Norm Van Brocklin, 9)(Bob Waterfield, 8)
  • Only player to catch 50+ touchdown passes from two different quarterbacks - (Joe Montana, 55) (Steve Young, 85)
  • Only player to catch 10+ touchdown passes of 50+ yards from two different quarterbacks - (Joe Montana, 16) (Steve Young, 13)
  • Only player with 10,000+ receiving yards from one quarterback, & 5,000+ receiving yards from another quarterback - (10,576, Steve Young) (Joe Montana, 5,500(est.))
  • Oldest passer/receiver (oldest combined age) touchdown combination (Rich Gannon,36 /Jerry Rice,40) - broken by Vinny Testaverde,44/Christian Fauria,36

 Other records

  • Average yards per rushing attempt by a player with 80+ attempts (7.41), on 7 attempts
  • Rushing yards by a player with 100 rushing attempts or less (645), on 87 attempts
  • Points scored by a non-kicker (1,256)
  • Touches by a non-running back (1,637)
  • Last player to record 5 touchdown receptions in a single game, 10/14/90
  • Only player with 17+ years experience to never be a part of a team that has been shutout in regular season or the postseason (his team however, has posted 10 shutouts in the same allotted time)
  • Only player in the post NFL/AFL merger era to gain a single-season major offensive title with an output double that of the number two man. His 22 touchdown catches in 1987 were twice that of Mike Quick's 11.
  • Most records held by one player

 Postseason

  • Games played (29)
  • Games started (29)
  • Seasons advanced to the postseason (16)
  • Touchdowns (22)
  • Touchdown receptions (22)
  • Passer/Receiver touchdown combination (12)(Joe Montana/Jerry Rice)
  • Oldest tandem of passer/receiver touchdown combination (Rich Gannon,37/Jerry Rice,40), Super Bowl XXXVII - this was the 1st time in NFL history both passer & receiver were at least 37
  • Points by a nonkicker (132)
  • Receptions (151)
  • Yards receiving (2,245)
  • Yards from scrimmage (2,289)
  • All-purpose yards (2,289)
  • Receptions in a single postseason(3 games), 1988-89 (21) - broken by Larry Fitzgerald in 2008-09(4 games) (30)
  • Receiving yards in a single postseason(3 games), 1988-89 (409) - broken by Larry Fitzgerald in 2008-09(4 games) (546)
  • Touchdown receptions in a single postseason(3 games), 1988-89 (6) - broken by Larry Fitzgerald in 2008-09(4 games) (7)
  • Touchdown receptions in a single game (3, three times; 12 others have had 3 in a game once)
  • Games with at least 2 touchdown receptions (5)
  • Games with at least 3 touchdowns (3)
  • Games with at least 18 points (3)
  • Games with at least 10 yards from scrimmage (27)
  • Games with at least 50 yards from scrimmage (18) - tied with Franco Harris
  • Games with at least 100 receiving yards (8)
  • Games with at least 125 receiving yards (5)
  • Games with at least 150 receiving yards (2) - tied with Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Smith, & Fred Biletnikoff
  • Largest gap between postseason games of 150+ receiving yards (13 years)
  • Consecutive games with at least one reception (28)
  • Games with at least 1 reception (28)
  • Games with at least 2 receptions (27)
  • Games with at least 3 receptions (26)
  • Games with at least 4 receptions (22)
  • Games with at least 5 receptions (17)
  • Games with at least 6 receptions (11)
  • Games with at least 7 receptions (6)
  • Games with at least 8 receptions (5) - tied with Tony Nathan
  • Games with at least 9 receptions (4)
  • Games with at least 10 receptions (3) - tied with Hines Ward
  • Games with at least 11 receptions (2)
  • Oldest wide receiver to appear in a game (42 years, 87 days)
  • Oldest player to score a touchdown (40 years, 105 days)
  • Oldest player record a reception (40 years, 105 days)
  • Oldest player to record a touchdown reception (40 years, 105 days)
  • Only player to record a 100+ yard receiving game in 3 different decades
  • Only player to record 100+ yards from scrimmage in a game in 3 different decades
  •  Super Bowl Records
  • Receptions (33)
  • Yards receiving (589)
  • All-purpose yards (604)
  • Yards from scrimmage (604)
  • Touchdown receptions (8)
  • Touchdowns (8)
  • Points scored (48)
  • Receptions in a single game (11) - tied with Deion Branch, Dan Ross, & Wes Welker
  • Yards receiving in a single game (215)
  • Yards from scrimmage in a single game (220)
  • Touchdown receptions in a single game (3, twice)
  • Touchdowns in a single game (3, twice) - tied with Roger Craig, Ricky Watters, & Terrell Davis who each did this once
  • Points scored in a single game (18, twice) - tied with Roger Craig, Ricky Watters, & Terrell Davis who each did this once
  • Oldest player to score a touchdown (40 years, 105 days)
  • Oldest player with a touchdown reception (40 years, 105 days)
  • Oldest player to record a reception (40 years, 105 days)
  • Oldest player to score 6+ points in a single game (40 years, 105 days)
  • Fastest offensive score (84 seconds)
  • Only player with a touchdown reception in 4 different Super Bowls
  • One of three players with a touchdown reception in 4 different Super Bowls (Thurman Thomas, John Elway)
  • Oldest tandem of passer/receiver touchdown combination (Rich Gannon,37/Jerry Rice,40), Super Bowl XXXVII - this was the 1st time in NFL history both passer & receiver were at least 37 and one of two connections between a passer and receiver which one player was 37+ years and the other was 38+ years. The other was Rice and Gannon 2 weeks earlier.
  • Only player to score in a Super Bowl played in 3 different decades
  • Oldest player to score (40 years, 105 days) - broken by Matt Stover (42 years, 11 days)

Comments 3 comments

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Camby24 2 years ago from Littleton Colorado

Love Jerry Rice!


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Kevinjackson47 2 years ago from North Carolina

Greatest of all time


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Rilese 2 years ago from Canada

Cool article, really love the mention of his appearance on Pro vs. Joes. This inspires me to make my next top 10 list the greatest receivers of all-time and of course there is no way I can't put Jerry Rice #1.

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