Julio Jones has broken yet another major franchise receiving record. One year after breaking Roddy White’s franchise record for receiving yards, Jones has now broken White’s all time Falcons record for receptions.
It’s a testament to Julio’s longevity to achieve this mark and to now re-write another passage in Atlanta’s record books, and he did it against a Packers team he has frequently victimized over the years.
Roddy White is a Falcons legend and was Jones’ mentor for a few years after the Falcons drafted Number 11 with the 6th selection in the 2011 NFL Draft. As great as Roddy was for the Birds, the fact that Jones now owns Atlanta’s receptions and receiving yardage records after just 129 career games, in comparison to White’s career of 171 games, puts Julio’s greatness into perspective.
In his 125th career game, Jones surpassed Jerry Rice to become the fastest player in NFL history to reach 12,000 career receiving yards and he surpassed Terry Holt for most receiving yards in a player’s first nine seasons.
As of this writing, Jones is also tied for second in franchise history in receiving touchdowns with Terance Mathis. He’s just seven away from surpassing White for the franchise lead in that figure as well.
Julio Jones is the greatest wide receiver in Atlanta Falcons history at this point, and we don’t say that lightly given how many greats came before him. He has the franchise records to back up that statement, and now he has a chance to make those records borderline unbreakable over the course of the next few years. Hopefully he’ll also get a win tonight, just for fun.