Can Raiders’ Antonio Brown catch Jerry Rice’s NFL records? Here is why he feels he can

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown smiles during an NFL football news conference, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown smiles during an NFL football news conference, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) AP

There are many goals Antonio Brown would like to achieve before his NFL career comes to a close.

But none more than catching Jerry Rice’s records. He’s leaning on Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden to help him get there.

“it’s a challenge every year to prove my love for the game,” Brown said at his introductory news conference in Alameda on Wednesday. “I’m just taking it one year at a time. Obviously, my goal in the back of my mind is to catch Jerry Rice. Every year I have to prove my love, so this year I’m out here to prove my love in what I can do and what I can be. Nothing in the NFL is ever guaranteed, set in stone. I know these guys believe in me, but it’s a lot for me to prove here. I’m here to prove who I am and what I stand for.”

Brown is entering his 10th season in the NFL – the first nine all with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Rice played 20 seasons with San Francisco, Oakland and Seattle, setting NFL records including:

Career receptions – 1,549

Career receiving yards – 22,895

Career receiving touchdowns – 197

Overall touchdowns – 208

Career all-purpose yards – 23,546

Most seasons of 1,000 receiving yards - 14

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr answers a question about Antonio Brown and playing against former teammate Khalil Mack in 2019. Carr held the third Inside the Huddle on Saturday, March 2, 2019 in Madera, CA.

Here are Brown’s totals:

Career receptions – 837

Career receiving yards – 11,207

Career receiving touchdowns – 74

Overall touchdowns – 80

Career all-purpose yards – 14,258

Most seasons of 1,000 receiving yards - 7

Brown said, “Playing with a guy like Coach Gruden, obviously, he knows what it takes to keep me upright and fresh and keep me out there for a long time.”

Free agency frenzy

Tackle Trent Brown, wide receiver Tyrell Williams and safety Lamarcus Joyner shared their thoughts on signing free-agent contracts with the Raiders.

Joyner — “After getting to talk to (Gruden) and some of the guys in the building, I was very excited about the way they were going to use me and how people were happy to have me here. That was the biggest decision-making point for me.”

Brown — “It’s a division (AFC West) full of great pass rushers, week in and week out. The league is full of great pass rushers, but this division in particular is full of pass rushers. The league’s top pass rushers, a couple of them are in this division. That’s why I got signed.”

Williams — “I think choosing here, seeing ‘A.B.’ come here and seeing the things they were doing on the offensive side of the ball, it’s just exciting. Derek’s (Carr) an awesome quarterback. Being able to go against those guys for the last four years, it was kind of an easy transition I guess you could say, being able to make that decision.”

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Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. He covers the Oakland Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA and junior colleges. He’s been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.