This Day In Sports History (September 5th) — Jerry Rice
It was on this day in 1994 that Jerry Rice recorded his 127th career touchdown, making him the NFL’s new all-time touchdown leader.
Rice entered the 1994 season with a total of 124 touchdowns in his career (118 receiving, 6 rushing), and he kicked off the tenth season of his career in style, recording seven receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns during a week one game against the Los Angeles Rams. He would also add a rushing touchdown, giving him 127 total career touchdowns, which was one more than Jim Brown’s total of 126. Rice would go on to record 112 receptions for 1499 yards and 13 touchdowns through the air that season, while adding another two touchdowns on the ground. And he capped the season off with 10 receptions for 149 yards and three touchdowns during the 49ers 49-26 victory over the San Diego Chargers at Super Bowl XXIX.
Rice went on to play another 11 season in the NFL, finishing with an astounding 208 touchdowns, which is 33 more than the next closest player (Emmitt Smith, 175). In addition to Rice and Smith, another seven players have since passed Jim Brown’s mark of 126 career touchdowns, but none of them have been able to come close to Rice’s mark.
Here is a look at some highlights from Jerry Rice’s historic career.
Tony Martin, NFL – Born on September 5th, 1965 (age 48) in Miami, Florida
Rod Barajas, MLB – Born on September 5th, 1975 (age 38) in Ontario, California
Nazr Mohammed, NBA – Born on September 5th, 1977 (age 36) in Chicago, Illinois