Johnson on verge of another big milestone

Johnson on verge of another big milestone
December 19, 2013, 10:00 am
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Andre Johnson on his career milestones

(Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

With one catch on Sunday, Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson will be the second player in the history of the NFL with five 100-catch seasons.

Ho-hum.

It’ll be just the latest in a long line of career milestones for the 32-year-old. It’s not his first and it won’t be his last. On Wednesday, the reticent Johnson was asked for his thoughts as he approaches the new mark.

“It’s pretty good,” he said in his normal deep-voiced monotone before nodding his head and staring at the ground.

Yeah, it is pretty good.

Wes Welker is the only player in NFL history with five 100-catch seasons and Johnson should be there soon enough. Right now, Johnson is tied with Marvin Harrison, Brandon Marshall, Jerry Rice and Reggie Wayne with four 100-catch seasons.

If Johnson gets 205 more receiving yards, he’ll reach 1,500 for the fourth time in his career. That would be four seasons with 100 catches and 1,500 yards, the most all-time.

“It’s special to watch him every day work, and go out game in and game out; year in and year out, and continue to produce,” Matt Schaub said. “I’m just thankful that I’ve been able to be a small part of that, so I’m looking forward to giving him that 100th catch of this season, and helping him get there.”

Before last season, a lot of critics began to write Johnson off. He played in just seven games and caught 33 passes. But last season he returned to form, catching over 100 balls for over 1,500 yards. He seemed to use those critics as fuel.

Now, he’s on the verge of another amazing milestone … even if he doesn’t act like it.

“Yeah, like I said before,” Johnson said, “I don’t think you really realize it until you’re probably finished playing, and you look over your career, and you just see some of the things that you accomplished as a player. I think that’s when you really realize it. I think as long as you’re still playing you don’t really get caught up into it too much.”

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