THREE LONG-STANDING SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS COULD FALL IN 2012
THE SINGLE-SEASON NFL RECORDS OF ERIC DICKERSON (RUSHING), JERRY RICE (RECEIVING) AND MICHAEL STRAHAN (SACKS) ARE AMONG THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS IN THE NFL ANNALS. TAKE A LOOK AT HOW THESE THREE STARS SET THEIR RECORDS AND THE PLAYERS THAT ARE THREATENING THEIR MARKS.
Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record
In 1984, Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson rushed for 2,105 yards and broke the single-season rushing record set by O.J. Simpson in 1973. Adrian Peterson, star running back of the Minnesota Vikings, enters Week 17 207 yards shy of Dickerson’s 28-year-old mark. Watch how he has tracked down Dickerson’s record.
Jerry Rice’s single-season receiving record
Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice captured the single-season receiving yardage record in 1995 with 1,848 yards, breaking Houston Oilers receiver Charley Hennigan’s 34-year-old mark. The record stood for 17 years until Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson broke it in Week 16 of the 2012 season against the Atlanta Falcons. Johnson is 108 yards from becoming the first receiver to reach the 2,000-yard receiving mark. Watch how Calvin Johnson broke the record here.
Michael Strahan’s single-season sack record
Michael Strahan set the single-season sack record in 2001 with 22.5 sacks. Pass rushers J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans and Aldon Smith of the San Francisco 49ers have one game remaining to take the sack crown from Strahan. Watt has 20.5 sacks, and Aldon has 19.5. Follow Watt's pursuit of the record here. Follow Aldon's pursuit of the record here.