Antonio Brown’s Next Reception Will Make NFL History

It’s not every day you get to say this—though it might seem that way when talking about Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown—but the next catch that he records will be NFL history. Entering Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots, Brown has 99 receptions on the season, making his next catch his 100th on the season.

That has become humdrum for Brown, which is exactly why it is history. He will become the first player in NFL history to record 100 receptions in a season for five consecutive years, something that no player throughout history has done before.

He already became, in this past week’s game, the fourth player in NFL history to record at least 90 catches in five consecutive seasons. The three players who accomplished the task before him were Torry Holt, Marvin Harrison, and the Broncos’ Demaryius Thomas, whose streak is actually active, having done so from 2012 to 2016.

With three games to go, however, that streak is in jeopardy, as, playing with a trio of bad quarterbacks, Thomas has just 68 receptions on the season. He would need 22 over the course of the final three games, an average of 7.3 per game, to hit 90. He had exactly 90 last year. He is coming off an eight-catch game.

Holt, mangled finger and all, actually had six consecutive seasons of 90 receptions or more, though he only topped 100 twice in that span. Holt recorded at least 100 receptions four years in a row, and it would be his record to break.

Those are the only four seasons in which he recorded at least 100 receptions, so Brown’s next catch would give him more 100-reception seasons than the Hall of Famer. But it would not give him the most such seasons in NFL history.

As I have written about previously, Brandon Marshall is the only player in NFL history to record 100 receptions or more in a season six times, a record Brown could tie next season. He would join Andre Johnson and Wes Welker with five, however, with his next catch.

And by the way, the Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald is likely to be close behind him. With four 100-catch seasons already under his belt, the seemingly ageless wide receiver needs just 13 receptions over the course of the final three games to hit the mark again, as he has in each of the past two seasons.

While Fitzgerald his passing Hall of Famers and soon-to-bes on the all-time receiving lists, however, Brown still has a ways to go, eight years into his career, though he is on an exceptional pace.

He could become the 46th player in NFL history to record 10,000 receiving yards with 114 against the Patriots. Fitzgerald just crossed the 15,000-yard threshold, third all time. Brown just tied Calvin Johnson for 43rd all-time in receptions with 731. Fitzgerald sailed past 1200, third all-time.

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  • Sam Clonch

    Wow, didn’t realize Megatron had so few receptions.

  • EdJHJr

    If steelers win and jags win out pats are 3 seed.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx


  • Conserv_58

    Not bad for a no name sixth round pick outta Central Michigan.

  • He only played 9 years, Like Barry Sanders before him, he retired early.

  • NinjaMountie


  • gdeuce

    he played 135 games, so only around 5 catches a game

  • How’s business?

  • Renohightower


  • JT

    I’d rather lock up homefield this week and see Jags lose. Don’t leave anything to chance. If we’re the #1, doesn’t matter much where the Pats land. I get why you want them to play Wildcard weekend, but I don’t think it matters much in the long run.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Guys, don’t forget he was routinely catching long TD passes while triple teamed. If not for injuries and a bad team, he could have done much more.

  • Cullen James Riley

    If we beat the Patriots, we likely win out – 4-9 Texans, 0-13 Browns.
    The Jaguars are will likely win out as well – 4-9 Texans, 3-10 49ers, 8-5 Titans.

    I just don’t want Tom Brady to get a break – I’m not worried about them losing, realistically. (And as it stands, they would have to play a divisional game, which you would assume would be 200% more physical in the playoffs). And then, play Sacksonville on the road before getting a shot at playing us. I’d love to see that.

  • Ravens Team Gynecologist

    I’m with you on that. Would love for the Pats not to get a week off.

  • Alan Tman

    AB is in a class by himself at this point. With the other receivers tweeting to him about slowing down so they can catch him is them basically admitting that he is the GOAT. Just glad he’s riding with us!!

  • ryan72384

    Never realized how dominant Brandon Marshal was during his prime.. And how good would AB and Fitz be together? Both catch everything. Ridiculously hard workers. Uncoverable. Big play guy and possession guy.

  • StolenUpVotes

    Can we get an article showing the fan reactions to his selection in the draft? Lol

  • Mister Wirez

    Detroit sucks the life out of the players.

  • Mister Wirez

    It’s the Steelers getting a week off that scares me…