When Roddy White makes his first catch of the game on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, he'll become just the third Atlanta Falcon to catch 100 passes in a season. The previous record-breakers were Terance Mathis (111 receptions in 1994) and then Eric Metcalf with 104 catches the following season.â†µ
White will also become just the 16th player - since the 1970 merger - to catch 100 passes by the 14th game of the season with Mathis being the only other Falcon. Since 2004, only four players in the NFL have caught 100 passes through their team's 14th game. With one catch on Sunday, White will become the fifth.â†µ
For White, this is just another milestone on his journey to put together the greatest Falcons receiving season ever. He's on pace for 1,500 receiving yards this season which would shatter the team-record he set only two years ago with 1,382 yards in 2008. His 7.6 receptions per game average means 121 catches is within reach and he should break Mathis' team record for catches by Week 16 against the New Orleans Saints Monday Night Football.â†µ
White is no longer just one of the best Falcons receivers; he's becoming one of the best anywhere. Since 2008, White is fourth in receptions (272), second in yards (3,754) and fifth in touchdown catches (26) among all receivers in the NFL. He's coming off back-to-back Pro Bowls and is in the midst of an All-Pro season. He's the Falcons MVP so far and at 29 years old, he's at his peak.â†µ
So whether White's 100th catch is a five-yard out or an 85-yard bomb, remember to take a moment on Sunday and reaffirm that we are watching one of the all-time greats.