Why Jerry Rice’s Record Season Was More Impressive Than Calvin Johnson’s

December 23, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Calvin Johnson is now the NFL's single-season record holder for receiving yards, eclipsing the greatest wideout of all time, Jerry Rice, in the process.
However, Johnson's record-setting season still isn't as impressive as Rice's magical 1995 campaign when he reeled in 1848 yards.
Sure, Johnson accomplished the feat in an almost unbelievable 15 games—he passed Rice with an 11-catch, 225-yard performance against the Falcons in Week 15—but Rice's record came during a time when the pass wasn't a team's go-to option.

Actually, during Rice's record-setting season, the passing game, as we know it, was just coming into fruition.
Team's weren't throwing the ball 40-plus times a game, as the Lions have all season. The running game was still king.
The 49ers of the '90s were instrumental in changing that.
Bill Walsh, Joe Montana, Steve Young and, of course, Jerry Rice revolutionized the passing game. They showed that a high-flying, throw-first attack...

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