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Terrell Owens records his 1,000th career reception

He was two catches away from the milestone entering today’s game between the Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons. From AP-

Terrell Owens is the sixth player in NFL history to catch 1,000 passes.

Owens reached the milestone with an 8-yard catch for Buffalo in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. He had a 10-yard catch from Brian Brohm, making his first start, earlier in the drive.

Owens entered the game needing two catches to reach 1,000 for his career, which began in 1996. He reached the milestone in 203 games. Only Marvin Harrison and Jerry Rice reached 1,000 career receptions in fewer games.

As of the time I wrote this blog post, Falcon TE Tony Gonzalez has 996 career receptions.

I remember when the NFL career reception record was a little over 600. That is the basis for the following trivia question. Who is the NFL player who has the highest yards per catch for a receiver with over 600 career receptions? The answer is below the fold.Answer- Don Maynard, who played in the NFL from 1958 to 1973 and was a favorite target of Joe Namath when both played for the New York Jets.

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