The Steelers’ Antonio Brown has done something this season that hasn’t been done in a decade — and has been accomplished by only 10 receivers in NFL history. Care to guess what it is?
Answer: He’s racked up 1,000 receiving yards and thrown a touchdown pass in the same year.
Obviously, it’s much more common for a 1,000-yard running back to throw for a TD. For one thing, backs get their hands on the ball more than wideouts do. But with the Jet Sweep so popular these days, we might begin to see more scoring passes tossed by golden-armed receivers. Let’s hope so, anyway.
Here’s the short list of wideouts Brown has joined. Note that a couple of them — Randy Moss and Marty Booker — had two of these seasons.
1,000 RECEIVING YARDS AND A TOUCHDOWN PASS IN THE SAME SEASON
|Year||Receiver, Team||Yds||TD Pass Details|
|2014||Antonio Brown, Steelers||1,498||3 yards to WR Lance Moore vs. Texans|
|2004||Drew Bennett, Titans||1,247||26 yards to WR Derrick Mason vs. Packers|
|2002||Randy Moss, Vikings||1,347||13 yards to WR D’Wayne Bates vs. Dolphins|
|2002||Marty Booker, Bears||1,189||44 yards to WR Marcus Robinson vs. Patriots|
|2001||Marty Booker, Bears||1,071||34 yards to WR Marcus Robinson vs. Falcons|
|1999||Randy Moss, Vikings||1,413||27 yards to WR Cris Carter vs. Giants|
|1996||Curtis Conway, Bears||1,049||33 yards to RB Raymont Harris vs. Cowboys|
|1995||Jerry Rice, 49ers||1,848*||41 yards to WR J.J. Stokes vs. Falcons|
|1983||Carlos Carson, Chiefs||1,351||48 yards to WR Henry Marshall vs. Chargers|
|1974||Drew Pearson, Cowboys||1,087||46 yards to WR Golden Richards vs. Giants|
|1962||Tommy McDonald, Eagles||1,146||10 yards to RB Timmy Brown vs. Redskins|
|1960||Bill Groman, Oilers (AFL)||1,473*||3 yards to E Al Wicher vs. Patriots|
(Brown, by the way, leads the league in receiving yards with two games to go.)