Throwback Thursday: Jerry Rice Breaks NFL Record for Career Touchdown Receptions
On this day in 1992, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice broke one of many NFL records throughout his career.
Rice entered the league in 1985 after the 49ers traded up in the first round of the draft to select the former Mississippi Valley State University. Although the 49ers would give up their first two picks to select Rice, it would not take long for Rice to validate the trade.
He would catch 49 passes for 927 yards and avoided a "sophomore slump" by compiling 86 receptions for 1,570 yards to go along with 15 touchdowns. This would begin a streak of six seasons in which Rice woudl lead the NFL in receiving yards and touchdown receptions.
After adding a NFL Most Valuable Player and Super Bowl MVP award, Rice appeared to be on a record-setting pace in his career. The 49ers WR would break the record for career touchdown receptions on Dec. 6, 1992, against the Miami Dolphins. The previous record was 100 TD receptions by Seattle Seahawks great Steve Largent, a mark that took Largent 14 seasons to achieve. Rice broke the record in just his eighth season.
Two years after breaking the career touchdown receptions NFL record, Rice would pass Cleveland Browns legend Jim Brown to hold the record for all-time touchdowns.
Rice would eventually win three Super Bowls, be named to 13 Pro Bowls and hold NFL records for career receptions, career receiving yards, career receiving TDs, total touchdowns and career all-purpose yards.