According to ESPN and Elias Sports Bureau, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald became the youngest player in NFL history to catch his 1,000th pass:
— ESPN (@espn) December 6, 2015
Not that the 1,000-reception club is an easy one to get into. In fact, only ten wide receivers before Fitzgerald have ever accomplished the feat. The two most recent players to join the club were Andre Johnson, who passed the milestone late last year with the Houston Texans, and Reggie Wayne, who did in during an injury-shortened 2013 season with the Indianapolis Colts.
The other players on the list are, from least to most catches: Hines Ward (who finished his career with exactly 1,000), Isaac Bruce, Terrell Owens, Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Marvin Harrison, Tony Gonzalez, and Jerry Rice. Gonzalez and Rice are significantly ahead of the pack: Harrison had 1,102 catches, while Gonzalez had 1,325 and Rice finished with 1,549.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (998 career catches) and Fitzgerald’s former teammate Anquan Boldin (984) also figure to surpass the milestone before the season ends.
After three straight seasons of finishing with under 1,000 receiving yards (2012-14), it appeared that Fitzgerald was well into the decline phase of his career here in 2015, his age-32 season. Instead, with Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer staying healthy for the entire season, Fitzgerald’s 90.2 receiving yards per game (entering Sunday’s contest against the St. Louis Rams) is the second-best average of his entire career.
Along with Kurt Warner, Palmer is one of just two quarterbacks to have completed at least 100 passes to Fitzgerald.