Justin Jefferson’s 5,134 career NFL receiving yards are now more than any wide receiver in the 103-year history of the Chicago Bears; NFL Week 2 continues on Sunday with the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars from 6pm live on Sky Sports
Last updated: 09/15/23 10:54 a.m.
Justin Jefferson stamped his name in the NFL history books Thursday night by tying Hall of Famer Lance Alworth for the fewest games needed to reach 5,000 receiving yards.
The Minnesota Vikings star recorded 11 catches for 159 yards in his team’s 34-28 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles to also become the second player behind Randy Moss to reach 5,000 yards before the age of 25, ending the evening with 5,134.
Fans were quick to point out that, in doing so, Jefferson now has more career receiving yards than any Chicago Bears wide receiver in the franchise’s 103-year history.
Jefferson, who turns 24 in June, had his fifth game with at least 10 catches and 150 yards, also the most by an NFL player before turning 25.
Justin Jefferson appeared to apologize to his Minnesota Vikings teammates after a goal-line fumble resulted in a touchback for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jefferson was subjected to one of the game’s defining moments when he missed a 30-yard catch at the Eagles’ one-yard line while trying to extend his arms into the end zone for a go-ahead touchdown green, only to lose control after being tackled. .
The loose ball then landed in the end zone and rolled out of bounds to result in a touchback, reminiscent of one of the NFL’s most controversial rules.
“I put a lot of effort into fumbling in the end zone like that when we need points,” Jefferson said. “As the captain of the team, I have to know the situation, take care of the ball. I told my teammates, it’s my fault and it won’t happen again.”
It was one of four turnovers the Vikings made on the night, all of which were lost fumbles.
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“You’re not going to win too many games like that in this league,” Jefferson added. “I feel like we need to do better turnover margin wise. We just need to maintain the ball, take care of the ball and I feel like the game would be totally different.”
The former LSU wideout was named Offensive Player of the Year in 2022 after leading the NFL with 128 catches for 1,809 receiving yards.
Watch the Kansas City Chiefs vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars live on Sky Sports NFL from 6 p.m. Sunday, followed by the New York Jets on the road vs. the Dallas Cowboys from 9:25 p.m.; The Miami Dolphins next face the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football.