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Julio Jones surpasses Jerry Rice in key career mark

He’s got a shot to snag the top spot from Torry Holt.

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Julio Jones will eventually retire with a long list of eye-popping statistical accomplishments. He locked one up on Sunday when he surpassed Jerry Rice for the second-most receiving yards over any player’s first nine seasons.

Rice hit his high mark back in 1993, a season he finished with 11,776 yards. Julio Jones took the lead in the first half of Sunday’s matchup against Rice’s former team, the San Francisco 49ers.

Seven-time Pro Bowler Torry Holt is in the No. 1 spot with 11,864 yards. It’s conceivable that Jones could take the lead before the season ends.

Jones has a ways to go to catch up with Rice for the career passing yards high mark. Rice holds that distinction with 22,895 yards over 19 seasons. Coming into Sunday’s matchup against San Francisco, Jones had 69 catches for 1,016 yards and four touchdowns.

This accomplishment is yet another reminder that Julio Jones is awesome.