Julio Jones

Quintorris Lopez "Julio" Jones[1][2] (/ˈhuːlioʊ/; born February 8, 1989)[3] is an American football wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Alabama, was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons sixth overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.

During his sophomore season with Alabama in 2009, Jones helped lead the Crimson Tide to an undefeated 14–0 season, including a victory in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game. With the Atlanta Falcons, Jones has been invited to six Pro Bowls, was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2015 after leading the league in receiving yards and receptions, and in 2016 when he helped lead the Atlanta Falcons to Super Bowl LI. Jones was also named second-team All-Pro twice, in 2017 and in 2018 after leading the league in receiving yards.

Jones has a rare combination of size (6 ft 3 in and 220 lbs), speed (40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds), catching ability, strength, leaping ability, and body control.[4] Jones has led the league in receiving yards twice in his career, in 2015 with 1,871 yards and in 2018 with 1,677 yards. On November 11, 2018, Jones became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 10,000 career receiving yards, accomplishing the feat in 104 games.[5] His career average of 96.7 receiving yards per game is the highest in NFL history.[6]

Julio Jones
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Jones with the Atlanta Falcons in November 2018
No. 11 – Atlanta Falcons
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born:February 8, 1989 (age 30)
Foley, Alabama
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Foley (Foley, Alabama)
College:Alabama
NFL Draft:2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Receptions:698
Receiving yards:10,731
Yards per reception:15.4
Receiving touchdowns:51
Player stats at NFL.com

High school career

Jones attended Foley High School in Foley, Alabama, where he played wide receiver and defensive end for the Lions high school football team.[7] During his high school career, Jones quickly achieved recognition from outstanding statistics. In his junior year, he caught 75 passes for 1,306 yards and had 16 touchdowns.[8] He participated in the High School Under Armour All-America Game[9] and ran a 4.55-second 40-yard dash at the Baton Rouge Nike camp in May 2007,[10] where he also recorded an event-best 38.6-inch (980 mm) vertical jump.

In addition to football, Jones was a starter on the basketball team and was a standout track athlete. He was the state champion in the long jump (24–2 or 7.40m) and triple jump (47–5 or 14.52m) in both 2006 and 2007. He was named the 2006–07 Gatorade T&F Athlete of the Year in the state of Alabama.[11] He was the state champion in the high jump (6–6 or 1.98m) during the 2007 indoor season. He was named All-county selection in 2005, 2006, and 2007. He won Mr. Alabama Track & Field athlete of the year in 2007. He also competed as a sprinter in 2008, and posted a personal-best time of 11.13 seconds in the 100-meter dash at the Class 6A Section 1 Meet, where he placed second.

Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com,[12] Jones was listed as the No. 1 wide receiver in the nation in 2008.[13]

On February 6, 2008, Jones committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide on National Signing Day, announcing his decision live on ESPNU.[14]

College career

Freshman season

In the first of three years on the Crimson Tide, Jones quickly became an impact player and a fan favorite under head coach Nick Saban. Jones became the first true freshman wide receiver to start in a season opener for the Crimson Tide,[15] as he started against the Clemson Tigers in the 2008 Chick-fil-A College Kickoff. In the game, Jones caught four passes for 28 yards and a touchdown in a 34–10 rout.[16] In a 41–30 win over the #3 ranked Georgia Bulldogs, Jones had a breakout performance as he caught five passes for 94 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown reception from John Parker Wilson.[17][18] His first 100-yard receiving game occurred in the annual rivalry game versus Tennessee, as Jones had six receptions for 103 yards en route to a 29–9 victory.[19] However, two weeks later versus #16 LSU, Jones topped his previous performance with seven catches for 128 yards.[20] His 23-yard reception in overtime set up a game-winning touchdown by John Parker Wilson,[21] giving Alabama a 27–21 victory.[22] In the 2008 SEC Championship Game, Jones caught five passes for 124 yards versus a talented Florida Gators secondary.[23] In the first quarter, Jones caught a 64-yard pass which set up the Crimson Tide's first score of the game.[24] However, Alabama fell to #2 Florida by a score of 31–20, giving the Crimson Tide their first loss of the year.[25]

On December 8, the Southeastern Conference announced the annual All-SEC first team, second team, and individual awards, as voted by the Associated Press. Jones was named to the second team All-SEC, SEC Freshman of the Year,[26] and the SEC Coaches' All-Freshman Team.[27] Jones finished the regular season with 58 receptions, 924 yards, and four touchdowns.[28] His performance in only his freshman year drew comparisons to NFL greats. ESPN.com reported, "This guy is a unique, rare prospect for the wide receiver position with his supreme blend of size, power, speed and agility. He reminds us of a high school version of Michael Irvin, but at this stage Jones is more explosive and faster."[29] An NFL scout put Jones in the same category as Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who at the time was the second-leading receiver in the NFL.[30]

Sophomore season

Preceding the 2009 football season, Jones was voted to the All-SEC Coaches' Football Team (first team), one of only four players to be voted such unanimously along with Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, Tennessee safety Eric Berry, and LSU offensive lineman Ciron Black.[31]

Julio Jones, Bama at Arkansas, 2010
Jones in a game against Arkansas in 2010

Jones and Alabama again opened their season at the Georgia Dome, this time facing Virginia Tech for the 2009 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. However, the Crimson Tide's rushing game dominated the game, led by eventual Heisman Trophy winner and teammate, Mark Ingram. Jones finished the game with four receptions for 46 yards,[32] with Alabama winning the game 34–24.[33] His first touchdown of the season would not come until the end of September, as the Tide routed the Arkansas Razorbacks 35–7 in Tuscaloosa.[34] Jones caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Greg McElroy, coming from a trick play, to put Alabama up 14–0 midway through the first quarter.[35] He would finish the game with two catches for 65 yards.[35]

After experiencing what some writers called a "sophomore slump",[36][37] Jones's production increased during the second half of the 2009 season. In a rivalry game against LSU, Jones had his first 100-yard performance of the season.[38] He finished with four catches for 102 yards, including a 73-yard game-winning touchdown in Alabama's 24–15 victory.[39][40] In the annual Iron Bowl game against rival Auburn, Jones was instrumental in capping a come-from-behind victory, catching three crucial third-down passes in an 8-minute, 80-yard drive that fans call "The Drive" to set up running back Roy Upchurch's game-winning touchdown in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter.[41]

Alabama continued through the regular season undefeated at 12–0, working their way to a SEC Championship matchup with the Florida Gators. Jones made the first catch of the game, an 18-yard catch from McElroy.[42] The Crimson Tide won the game 32–13,[43] earning a chance to play for the BCS National Championship in the 2010 title game against the Texas Longhorns.[44][45] His 23 yards receiving led the Tide in the title game, as the passing game struggled.[46] However, the running game again took over, and led Alabama to a 37–21 victory.[47][48]

Junior season

Jones started his junior season with a solid performance against San Diego State with six receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown in the victory.[49] Two weeks later, Jones had five receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown in a victory over Duke.[50] On October 9, in a conference game against South Carolina, Jones had eight receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown in the Crimson Tide's loss to the Gamecocks.[51] On October 23, Jones torched the Tennessee Volunteers for 221 yards on 12 receptions in a victory at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee.[52] On November 6, Jones had 10 receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown in a loss against LSU at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.[53] One week later, Jones was held to only three receptions for 41 yards against Mississippi State but had a 56-yard rushing touchdown in the victory.[53] On November 26, in the Iron Bowl against Auburn, Jones had ten receptions for 199 yards and a touchdown, but the Crimson Tide lost to the Tigers.[54] The Crimson Tide reached a bowl game, which was Jones's final collegiate game. In the 2011 Capital One Bowl against Michigan State, Jones had three receptions for 49 yards and 36 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.[55]

Jones ended his junior season with an Alabama record 78 catches and 1,133 yards along with seven touchdowns (fourth in school history). In addition, he had eight rushes for 135 yards and two touchdowns along with five punt returns for 44 yards and five kickoff returns for 129 yards.[56] Jones ended his Alabama career second in career receptions (179) and yards (2,653) in school history and fourth in touchdown catches (15).[57] He had eight career 100-yard receiving games (second in school history). Jones was a first-team All-SEC selection in 2010.[58]

College career statistics

Year GP–GS Rushing Receiving Punt Returns Kick Returns
Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Long Avg/G Rec Rec–Yards Avg TD Long Avg/G No. Yards Avg TD Long No. Yards Avg TD Long
2008[59] 14–14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 58 924 15.9 4 64 66 2 11 5.5 0 10 1 21 21 0 21
2009[60] 13–13 2 5 1 4 2 0 5 0.3 43 596 13.9 4 73 45.8 5 75 15 0 33 1 12 12 0 12
2010[61] 13–13 8 135 0 135 16.9 2 56 10.4 78 1,133 14.5 7 68 87.2 5 44 8.8 0 41 5 129 25.8 0 36
Total 10 140 1 139 13.9 2 56 3.5 179 2,653 14.8 15 73 66.3 12 130 10.8 0 41 7 162 23.1 0 36

Professional career

Julio Jones catching a pass
Jones playing for the Atlanta Falcons against the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional round of the 2012 NFL playoffs

On January 7, 2011, Jones decided to forego his senior season of college football. Instead, he chose to declare eligibility for the NFL Draft with teammates Mark Ingram, Greg McElroy, and Marcell Dareus.[62][63] Jones was later invited to the "All-Star Football Challenge", a skill contest shown by ESPN on February 4.[64] He excelled at the 2011 NFL Combine, posting the longest long jump and the third fastest 40-yard dash among wide receivers,[65] despite having a broken bone in his foot.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 2 34 in
(1.90 m)
220 lb
(100 kg)
33 34 in
(0.86 m)
9 34 in
(0.25 m)
4.39 s 6.66 s 38 12 in
(0.98 m)
11 ft 3 in
(3.43 m)
17 reps
All values from NFL Combine[66]

The Atlanta Falcons selected Jones with the sixth overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. Atlanta traded five draft picks to the Cleveland Browns to move up into their spot and take Jones, giving up their 27th, 59th, and 124th picks from the 2011 Draft, and their first and fourth round picks from the 2012 Draft.[67] He was the second wide receiver to be taken in the 2011 NFL Draft, behind only A. J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals, who was selected fourth overall. In addition, he was one of five Alabama Crimson Tide players to be selected that year.[68] Jones wears #11 with the Falcons.[69]

2011: Rookie year

Jones came to terms with the Atlanta Falcons on July 28, 2011, signing a four-year contract worth $16.2 million, all of which was guaranteed.[70] His NFL debut came against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. In the 30–12 loss, he had five receptions for 71 yards.[71] He recorded his first two NFL touchdowns on Week 9 of the 2011 season, against the Indianapolis Colts in a 31–7 victory. Jones's first touchdown was a 50-yard reception from quarterback Matt Ryan in the first quarter, and the second touchdown was an 80-yard reception from Ryan in the second quarter.[72] After having quiet games against New Orleans[73] and Minnesota,[74] Jones bounced back against Houston. Against the Texans, he had four receptions for 68 yards.[75] Jones finished his rookie season strong by combining for 393 receiving yards and six touchdowns over the last four games of the regular season.[76] He finished the season leading all rookies in touchdown receptions with eight, while his 54 receptions for 959 yards ranked him second among rookies in yards and touchdowns, behind A. J. Green, of the Cincinnati Bengals and third in catches behind Green and Greg Little, of the Cleveland Browns.[77] He was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team for the 2011 season.[78]

The Falcons made the playoffs in the 2011 season.[79] In his playoff debut, Jones had seven receptions for 64 yards in a 24–2 Wild Card Round loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants.[80]

2012 season

Jones started his second professional season with a great outing against the Kansas City Chiefs. In the game, he had six receptions for 108 yards and two touchdowns.[81] On October 28, against the Philadelphia Eagles, Jones had five receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown.[82] The following week, he backed up his performance against the Eagles with five receptions for 129 yards against the Dallas Cowboys.[83] On October 25, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jones had six receptions for 147 yards and a touchdown.[84] On December 16, against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants, Jones had six receptions for 74 yards and two touchdowns.[85]

The Falcons finished the season with a 13–3 record and earned the top seed in the NFC for the NFL playoffs. In the Divisional Round against the Seattle Seahawks, Jones recorded his first career interception on the last play of the game defending a Hail Mary pass attempt from quarterback Russell Wilson.[86] In addition, he recorded six receptions for 59 yards in the 30–28 victory.[87] In the NFC Championship against the San Francisco 49ers, Jones had 11 receptions for 182 yards and two touchdowns. However, the Falcons would lose to the 49ers by a score of 28–24.[88]

In the 2012 season, Jones had 79 receptions for 1,198 yards and 10 touchdowns.[89] As a result of his successful season, he was selected for the 2013 Pro Bowl, which was his first Pro Bowl nomination.[90] Jones and fellow wide receiver Roddy White were the first 1,000-yard receiving tandem the Falcons have had since 1998 (Tony Martin and Terance Mathis).[91] He was ranked 26th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2012.[92]

2013 season

Jones started the 2013 season with a solid performance against New Orleans. In the game, he had seven receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown.[93] The following week, Jones had 11 receptions for 182 yards and a touchdown against St. Louis.[94] Over the next two games, Jones continued his hot streak with a 115-yard performance against the Miami Dolphins[95] and a 108-yard performance against the New England Patriots.[96] However, on October 7, 2013, Jones fractured his foot in the Week 5 Monday Night Football loss to the New York Jets and would be out for the season. In that last game, he had eight receptions for 99 yards.[97][98] Despite only playing five games due to injury, Jones still managed to finish 76th in receiving yards among 458 qualified players for the 2013 season.[99]

2014 season

On April 29, 2014, the Falcons accepted the fifth-year option of Jones's rookie contract, extending his obligations with the team through the 2015 season.[100]

Jones started the 2014 season with a seven-reception, 116-yard performance against the Saints at the Georgia Dome.[101] He caught his first touchdown of the season the following week against the Cincinnati Bengals.[102] In the next game, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football, Jones had nine receptions for 161 yards and two touchdowns in the 56–14 victory.[103] Over the next few weeks, Jones would string some solid performances together, but no touchdowns. However, on November 30, Jones set a new personal high with 189 receiving yards on 10 receptions against the Arizona Cardinals.[104] The following week on Monday Night Football, he once again broke his single game receiving record, recording 259 yards on 11 receptions against the Green Bay Packers.[105] He finished the season with 104 receptions for 1,593 yards,[106] first in the NFC in both categories and third in the entire NFL.[107] He was named to the Pro Bowl for the 2014 season.[108] He was ranked 13th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2015.[109]

2015 season

On August 29, 2015, the Falcons signed Jones to a 5-year, $71.5 million extension with $47 million guaranteed.[110]

Jones started the 2015 season with a strong performance against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football. In the 26–24 victory, Jones had nine receptions for 141 yards and two touchdowns to earn his first NFC Offensive Player of the Week honor.[111][112] After a career-high 13 receptions for 135 yards against the Giants in Week 2,[113] Jones recorded a 164-yard and two-touchdown performance against the Dallas Cowboys.[114] On November 1, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jones had 12 receptions for 162 yards and one touchdown.[115] After recording a 137-yard performance against the San Francisco 49ers the following week,[116] Jones recorded a 160-yard performance against the Indianapolis Colts.[117] In Week 15, against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jones had nine receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns.[118] The following week, Jones had nine receptions for 178 yards and a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers to earn NFC Offensive Player of the Week.[119][120] In the season finale, against the New Orleans Saints, Jones finished his historic season with nine receptions for 149 yards.[121]

Jones finished the 2015 season with 1,871 yards, a Falcons franchise record and the second-highest in NFL history, behind Calvin Johnson (1,964 receiving yards in 2012 for the Detroit Lions). He had a franchise record 136 receptions, tying with Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most receptions that season[122] and the second highest in NFL history, behind Marvin Harrison (143 receptions in 2002 with the Indianapolis Colts). He was selected to the 2015 Pro Bowl, the third of his career, and earned first-team All-Pro honors.[123][124] He was ranked by his fellow players as the eighth best player on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.[125]

2016 season: Super Bowl appearance

Regular season

Jones started the 2016 season with a four-reception, 66-yard, one-touchdown performance in a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the last regular-season opener at the Georgia Dome.[126] The following week, Jones had five receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown in a road win over the Oakland Raiders.[127] In Week 4, Jones caught 12 passes for a Falcons-record 300 yards and a touchdown in a win over the Carolina Panthers.[128] His performance against the Panthers made Jones the sixth player in NFL history ever to have at least 300 receiving yards in a game.[129] He earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week.[130] In addition, Matt Ryan threw for 503 passing yards, making them the first quarterback/wide receiver duo to gain 500+ passing yards and 300+ receiving yards in a single NFL game. On October 16, against the Seattle Seahawks, Jones had seven receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown.[131] He followed up his performance against the Seahawks with a 174-yard performance against the San Diego Chargers.[132] On November 3, in the second game against Tampa Bay, Jones had eight receptions for 111 yards and a touchdown.[133] Against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 13, Jones had a 135-yard performance on ten receptions.[134]

Jones finished the 2016 season with 83 receptions on 129 targets for 1,409 yards and six touchdowns.[135] His 17.0 yards per reception and 10.9 yards per target were career highs.[136] Jones was selected to his third consecutive and fourth career Pro Bowl and was named First-team All-Pro for the second consecutive year.[137][138][139] He was also ranked third by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017 as the highest ranked wide receiver.[140]

Postseason

The Falcons made the playoffs in the 2016 season and had the #2 seed in the NFC.[141] In the Divisional Round against the Seahawks, Jones had six receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown in the 36–20 victory at the Georgia Dome.[142] In the NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers, Jones had nine receptions for 180 yards and two touchdowns in the 44–21 victory. The win was the last NFL game in the Georgia Dome.[142] During Super Bowl LI against the New England Patriots, Jones had four receptions for 87 receiving yards on only four targets as the Falcons lost in overtime by a score of 34–28. Late in the game, with the Falcons leading 28–20, Jones recorded a spectacular catch from Ryan to put the Falcons on the Patriots 22-yard line. However, a sack and a holding penalty caused the Falcons to lose field position and move out of field goal range.[143][144][145]

2017 season

On September 10, 2017, in the season opener against the Chicago Bears, Jones started the season with four receptions for 66 yards in the 23–17 victory.[146] In Week 2, in the 34–23 victory over the Green Bay Packers, he had five receptions for 108 yards in the first game in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.[147] In Week 7, in a loss to the New England Patriots in a Super Bowl LI rematch, Jones recorded his first receiving touchdown of the 2017 season, a one-yard reception from Ryan. During Week 12 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jones had a monstrous performance with 12 receptions for 253 receiving yards and two touchdowns (one thrown from fellow receiver Mohamed Sanu) as the Falcons won 34–20.[148] His performance in Week 12 earned him NFC Offensive Player of the Week.[149] On December 19, 2017, Jones was named to his fifth Pro Bowl.[150]

Overall, he finished the 2017 season with 88 receptions for 1,444 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns.[151] The Falcons made the playoffs and faced off against the Los Angeles Rams in the Wild Card Round. Against the Rams, he had 94 receiving yards and a touchdown in the 26–13 victory.[152] In the Divisional Round against the Philadelphia Eagles, he had 101 receiving yards but the Falcons lost by a score of 15–10.[153] He was targeted in the endzone on the Falcons' final offensive play but the pass from Ryan went barely through his hands.[154] He was ranked fourth by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018.[155]

2018 season

In the season-opener against the defending Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, Jones recorded 10 receptions for 169 yards to go with an 11-yard rush in the 12–18 loss.[156][157] In Week 4, he recorded nine receptions for 173 receiving yards in the 37–36 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. [158] In Week 9 against the Washington Redskins, Jones caught seven passes for 121 yards and his first receiving touchdown of the season.[159] In Week 10, against the Cleveland Browns, Jones recorded seven receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown.[160] In that game, Jones became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 10,000 career receiving yards, accomplishing the feat in 104 games, beating out Calvin Johnson who took 115 games.[161] In the following game, against the Dallas Cowboys, he had six receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown in the loss.[162] In Week 12, against the New Orleans Saints on Thanksgiving, he had 11 receptions for 147 yards in the loss.[163] In Week 14, against the Green Bay Packers, he had eight receptions for 106 yards and two touchdowns. In Week 17, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he had 138 yards and a touchdown in the win. On December 18, 2018, Jones was named to his sixth Pro Bowl, which he declined.[164][165]

Jones finished the 2018 season with 113 receptions for a league-leading 1,677 yards and eight receiving touchdowns.[166][167] Jones was also the only player during the 2018 season to average more than 100 receiving yards per game.[168] Despite not recording a single touchdown reception during the first eight weeks of the season, Jones had eight touchdown catches in the final eight weeks of the season, the most out of any player during that span.[169]

Career statistics

Regular season

Legend
Led the league
NFL record
Bold Career high
NFL career statistics
Season Receiving
Year Team GP GS Tgt Rec Yards Avg Y/G Long TD
2011 ATL 13 13 95 54 959 17.8 73.8 80T 8
2012 ATL 16 15 128 79 1,198 15.2 74.9 80T 10
2013 ATL 5 5 59 41 580 14.1 116.0 81T 2
2014 ATL 15 15 163 104 1,593 15.3 106.2 79 6
2015 ATL 16 16 203 136 1,871 13.8 116.9 70T 8
2016 ATL 14 14 129 83 1,409 17.0 100.6 75T 6
2017 ATL 16 16 149 88 1,444 16.4 90.3 53 3
2018 ATL 16 16 170 113 1,677 14.8 104.8 58 8
Career 111 110 1,095 698 10,731 15.4 96.7 81 51

Postseason

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Long TD Att Yds Avg Long TD Fum Lost
2011 ATL 1 1 7 64 9.1 20 0 1 13 13.0 13 0 0 0
2012 ATL 2 2 17 241 14.2 46 2 1 −1 −1.0 −1 0 0 0
2016 ATL 3 3 19 334 17.6 73 3 0 0 0
2017 ATL 2 2 18 195 10.8 27 1 1 13 13.0 13 0 0 0
Career 8 8 61 834 13.7 73 6 3 25 8.3 13 0 0 0

NFL records

Falcons franchise records

  • Most receiving yards in a single game: 300 (2016)
  • Most receptions in a single season: 136 (2015)
  • Most receiving yards in a single season: 1,871 (2015)
  • Most 100+ receiving yard games in a single season (10)

Awards and honors

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2008 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 2008 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 114th overall season, 75th season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and its 17th within the SEC Western Division. The team was led by head coach Nick Saban, in his second year, and played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. They finished with an undefeated 12–0 regular season, their first since 1994, and won their first SEC Western Division Championship since 1999. They finished the season with a record of 12–2 (8–0 in the SEC) after losses to Florida in the SEC Championship Game and to Utah in the Sugar Bowl.

The Crimson Tide opened the season with an upset victory over No. 9 Clemson in the inaugural Chick-fil-A College Kickoff. After the win, Alabama returned home where they defeated non-conference opponents Tulane and WKU before they traveled to Fayetteville and defeated Arkansas for their first conference win of the season. The next week, The Crimson Tide upset No. 3 Georgia at Athens and moved into the No. 2 ranking. Alabama then defeated Kentucky, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Arkansas State prior to Saban's return to Baton Rouge as an opposing head coach.

In Week 10 of the season, Alabama became the No. 1 team in both the AP and Coaches' Polls as well as the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings. It was the first time the Crimson Tide has been ranked No. 1 in the regular season since November 1, 1980, when the top-ranked Tide fell to Mississippi State. It was also the first time Nick Saban had ever achieved the No. 1 position in the AP Poll and the first time in school history Alabama had reached No. 1 in the BCS standings. With their 27–21 overtime win over LSU, Alabama clinched a berth in the SEC Championship Game. The Crimson Tide finished their regular season undefeated with a 36–0 shutout victory over Auburn in the Iron Bowl. The Tide advanced to the SEC Championship Game where they lost to Florida 31–20. A month later, the Tide finished the season with a 31–17 upset loss in the Sugar Bowl against Utah, a game in which the Tide were favored by 10 points.

2009 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 2009 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 115th overall season, 76th season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and its 18th within the SEC Western Division. The team was led by head coach Nick Saban, in his third year, and played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. They finished the season undefeated with a record of 14–0 (8–0 in the SEC) and as national champions.

Looking to build on the successes of the 2008 campaign, Alabama entered the 2009 season as the favorite to win the Western Division and meet the Florida Gators in the 2009 SEC Championship Game. Alabama closed the regular season with a 12–0 record including four wins against Top 25-ranked teams—and met the Gators for the SEC Championship in a rematch of the 2008 contest. Alabama was victorious by a final score of 32–13. The following day, final Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings were unveiled. No. 1 ranked Alabama would meet No. 2 ranked Texas for the BCS National Championship. In the BCS National Championship Game, the Crimson Tide defeated the Longhorns 37–21 to capture their first-ever BCS Championship. With the 14-0 record, they became only the 2nd team in college football history to accomplish this feat, behind the 2002 Buckeyes.

Alabama earned their third SEC championship since the inception of the SEC Championship Game in 1992, and their 22nd SEC title. The victory over Texas gave Alabama their 13th national championship in football (their eighth wire service title since the AP Poll began in 1936) and their ninth perfect season since 1925. The season included victories over the previous three national champions: Florida, Louisiana State University (LSU), and Texas.

The season marked the first time a player for Alabama won the Heisman Trophy: Mark Ingram won the award over Stanford running back Toby Gerhart. Other award winners included Rolando McClain, who won the Butkus Award and the Jack Lambert Award, and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, who won the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach. Also, six players were named to various All-America Teams with Terrence Cody, Mike Johnson, and Javier Arenas being consensus selections and Ingram and McClain each being unanimous selections.

2010 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 2010 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 116th overall season, 77th as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and its 19th within the SEC Western Division. The team was led by head coach Nick Saban, in his fourth year, and played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of ten wins and three losses (10–3, 5–3 in the SEC) and defeated Michigan State 49–7 in the Capital One Bowl.

Alabama entered the season as defending national champions, and began the 2010 season as the preseason number one team in both the AP and Coaches' Polls. Favored to win a second consecutive SEC championship and be in contention for the national championship, the Crimson Tide opened the season with five consecutive victories over San Jose State, Penn State, Duke, Arkansas and Florida. However, Alabama completed the regular season with only nine victories and losses to South Carolina, LSU and Auburn and finished fourth in the Western Division. After the regular season, the Crimson Tide accepted an invitation to compete in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando. Against Big Ten co-champions Michigan State, Alabama won by a final score of 49–7 and captured both a third straight ten win season and top ten finish.

2011 Capital One Bowl

The 2011 Capital One Bowl was the sixty-fifth edition of the college football bowl game, and was played at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The game was played on January 1, 2011 and matched the Alabama Crimson Tide from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) with the Michigan State Spartans from the Big Ten Conference. Televised by ESPN, Alabama won by a final score of 49–7.

2012 Atlanta Falcons season

The 2012 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's 47th season in the National Football League and the fifth under head coach Mike Smith. Atlanta started the season 8-0, a franchise best for a start to a season. By beating the Detroit Lions during Week 16, the Falcons clinched homefield advantage throughout the playoffs in the NFC for the second time in three years, and made it to the NFC Championship for the first time since 2004, where they lost 28-24 against the San Francisco 49ers. It was the third straight year in which they didn't lose two consecutive regular season games.

2015 Atlanta Falcons season

The 2015 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's 50th season in the National Football League and the first under new head coach Dan Quinn.

The Atlanta Falcons started the season 5–0, their best start since 2012. However, the Falcons would struggle throughout the rest of the season by losing 8 of their remaining 11 games finishing at .500 for the first time in 10 years. After their Week 15 win at EverBank Field against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Falcons managed to improve their record from last season. The highlight of the season was the team's Week 16 victory over their divisional rival Carolina Panthers who were 14-0 coming into the game and thus denying them a Perfect Season that would've made them the second team after the 2007 Patriots to go undefeated since the NFL expanded to a 16-game schedule.

2016 Atlanta Falcons season

The 2016 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's 51st season in the National Football League and the second under head coach Dan Quinn. It also marked the team's 25th and final season playing their home games at the Georgia Dome, as the Falcons moved into the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2017. The Falcons won the NFC South for the first time since 2012 and improved on their 8–8 record from 2015, going 11–5 and earning the second seed in the NFC playoffs. Quarterback Matt Ryan was named the 2016 NFL MVP. The Falcons scored 540 points, the most in the NFL for 2016.

The Falcons defeated the Seattle Seahawks 36–20 in the Divisional Round to advance to the NFC Championship Game for the first time since 2012. In the NFC Championship game, they defeated the Green Bay Packers, 44–21, to advance to their second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history; they had competed in Super Bowl XXXIII 18 years earlier. In Super Bowl LI, the Falcons faced the New England Patriots, and built a 28–3 lead midway through the third quarter, before surrendering 25 consecutive points, forcing overtime for the first time in Super Bowl history where they went on to lose 28-34.

2016–17 NFL playoffs

The National Football League playoffs for the 2016 NFL season began on Saturday, January 7, 2017. The postseason tournament concluded with Super Bowl LI on Sunday, February 5, 2017, when the New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

2017 All-Pro Team

The 2017 All-Pro teams were named by the Associated Press (AP), Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA), and Sporting News (SN) for performance in the 2017 NFL season. While none of the All-Pro teams have the official imprimatur of the NFL (whose official recognition is nomination to the 2018 Pro Bowl), they are included in the NFL Record and Fact Book and also part of the language of the 2011 NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Any player selected to the first-team of any of the teams can be described as an "All-Pro." The AP team, with first-team and second-team selections, was chosen by a national panel of fifty NFL writers and broadcasters. The Sporting News All-NFL team is voted on by NFL players and executives and will be released at a later date. The PFWA team is selected by its more than 300 national members who are accredited media members covering the NFL.

2018 All-Pro Team

The 2018 All-Pro teams were named by the Associated Press (AP), Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA), and Sporting News (SN) for performance in the 2018 NFL season. While none of the All-Pro teams have the official imprimatur of the NFL (whose official recognition is nomination to the 2019 Pro Bowl), they are included in the NFL Record and Fact Book and also part of the language of the 2011 NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Any player selected to the first-team of any of the teams can be described as an "All-Pro." The AP team, with first-team and second-team selections, was chosen by a national panel of fifty NFL writers and broadcasters. The Sporting News All-NFL team is voted on by NFL players and executives and will be released at a later date. The PFWA team is selected by its more than 300 national members who are accredited media members covering the NFL.

2019 Pro Bowl

The 2019 Pro Bowl was the National Football League's all-star game for the 2018 NFL season, played on January 27, 2019, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. It was televised nationally by ESPN and its sister networks.

Alabama Crimson Tide football statistical leaders

Alabama Crimson Tide football statistical leaders identify individual statistical leaders of the Alabama Crimson Tide football program in various offensive categories, including passing, rushing, and receptions and defensive categories, including tackles, interceptions and quarterback sacks. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season and career leaders. The Alabama Crimson Tide football program is a college football team that represents the University of Alabama in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Passing leaders applies to various statistical categories held by quarterbacks. After his career with the Crimson Tide that spanned from the 2010 to 2013 seasons, AJ McCarron graduated as Alabama's career leader in passing yardage (9,019), completions (686) and touchdowns (77). Alabama's current starting quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, holds the record for passing yards in a single season, with 3,966 yards in 2018. Tagovailoa also holds the record for passing touchdowns in a single season, with 43 in 2018. John Parker Wilson holds the record for completions in a single season (255), set during the 2007 season. Scott Hunter holds the record for passing yards in a single game (484), set against Auburn in 1969; Gary Hollingsworth holds the school's record for most completions in a game (32), set against Tennessee and shares the record for touchdowns in a game (5), set against Ole Miss during the 1989 season. Tagovailoa tied the record for touchdowns in a game in the 2018 Iron Bowl against Auburn.Rushing leaders applies to various statistical categories held by offensive players who advance the ball rushing. After his career with the Crimson Tide that spanned from the 1996 to 1999 seasons, Shaun Alexander graduated as Alabama's career leader in rushes (727) and rushing yardage (3,565), though his yardage record was broken by Derrick Henry, who accrued 3,591 rushing yards from 2013 to 2015. Mark Ingram Jr. holds the record for career rushing touchdowns (42), set during his career that spanned from 2008 to 2010; this record has since been tied by Derrick Henry. All three major single-season rushing records were set by Henry in 2015: rushes (395), yards (2,219), and touchdowns (28). Single-game records include Henry for rushes (46) set against Auburn during the 2015 season in which he won the Heisman Trophy; Alexander for yardage (291) set against LSU during the 1996 season; and both Alexander and Santonio Beard for touchdowns (5) set against BYU and Ole Miss during the 1998 and 2002 seasons respectively.Receiving leaders applies to various statistical categories held by offensive players who advance the ball by catching Forward passes. After his career with the Crimson Tide that spanned from the 2004 to 2007 seasons, D. J. Hall graduated as Alabama's career leader in receptions (194) and receiving yardage (2,923). Amari Cooper holds the record for career receiving touchdowns (20), set during his career that spanned from the 2012 to 2014 seasons. Receiving single-season records include Julio Jones with receptions (78) and receiving yards (1,133), and Amari Cooper with touchdown receptions (11) set during the 2010 and 2012 seasons respectively. Single game records for receptions (13) was set against Tennessee during the 2007 season by Hall and against Florida Atlantic during the 2014 season by Cooper; Jones for yardage (221) set against Tennessee during the 2010 season; and Homan, Michael Vaughn and Al Lary for touchdown receptions (3).In addition to offensive records, many who have played for the Crimson Tide have set various defensive records. After his career with the Crimson Tide that spanned from the 1983 to 1986 seasons, Wayne Davis graduated as Alabama's career leader in tackles (327); Woodrow Lowe as the single-season leader with 134 in 1974; DeMeco Ryans set the single-game record with 25 against Arkansas in 2003. After his career at Alabama that spanned from the 1990 to 1993 seasons, Antonio Langham graduated as Alabama's career leader in interceptions (19); Hootie Ingram as the single-season leader with 10 in 1952; and several players tied with the single game record of three. Derrick Thomas holds every Alabama record for quarterback sacks with 52 during his career from the 1985 to 1988 seasons, 27 in 1988 and five in a single game against Texas A&M in 1988.These stats are updated through the end of the 2018 season.

Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons are a professional American football team based in Atlanta, Georgia. The Falcons compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) South division. The Falcons joined the NFL in 1965 as an expansion team, after the NFL offered then-owner Rankin Smith a franchise to keep him from joining the rival American Football League (AFL).

In their 53 years of existence (through 2018), the Falcons have compiled a record of 368–466–6 (358–452–6 in the regular season and 10–14 in the playoffs), winning division championships in 1980, 1998, 2004, 2010, 2012, and 2016. The Falcons have appeared in two Super Bowls, the first during the 1998 season in Super Bowl XXXIII, where they lost to the Denver Broncos 34–19, and the second was eighteen years later, a 34–28 overtime defeat by the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI.

The Falcons' current home field is Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened for the 2017 season; the team's headquarters and practice facilities are located at a fifty-acre (20 ha) site in Flowery Branch, northeast of Atlanta in Hall County.

Daryl Worley

Daryl Worley (born February 22, 1995) is an American football cornerback for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at West Virginia, and was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Josh Norman

Joshua Ricardo Norman (born December 15, 1987) is an American football cornerback for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Coastal Carolina, and was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Norman was once considered to be one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. In addition to his football career, he also finished as the runner-up on the 26th season of the celebrity dancing competition show, Dancing with the Stars.

List of National Football League annual receiving yards leaders

In American football, passing, along with running (also referred to as rushing), is one of the two main methods of advancing the ball down the field. Passes are typically attempted by the quarterback, but any offensive player can attempt a pass provided they are behind the line of scrimmage. To qualify as a passing play, the ball must have initially moved forward after leaving the hands of the passer; if the ball initially moved laterally or backwards, the play would instead be considered a running play. A player who catches a forward pass is a receiver, and the number of receiving yards each player has recorded in each season is a recorded stat in football games. In addition to the overall National Football League (NFL) receiving champion, league record books recognize statistics from the American Football League (AFL), which operated from 1960 to 1969 before being absorbed into the NFL in 1970, Although league record books do not recognize stats from the All-America Football Conference, another league that merged with the NFL, these statistics are recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The NFL did not begin keeping official records until the 1932 season. The average the yards the leader has gained has increased over time – since the adoption of the 14-game season in 1961, all but one season saw the receiving leader record over 1,000 yards. No player has ever finished with over 2,000 receiving yards in a season; the current record is 1,964 yards, set by Calvin Johnson during the 2012 season. Wes Chandler, who led the league with 1,032 yards in the strike-shortened 1982 season, averaged 129 yards receiving per game, an NFL record.Don Hutson led the league in receiving yards seven times, the most of any player; Jerry Rice is second with six. Hutson also recorded the most consecutive seasons leading the league in receiving, doing so for five seasons from 1941 to 1945, while Jerry Rice ranks second with three consecutive league-leading seasons from 1993 to 1995. A Green Bay Packers player has led the league in receiving yards eleven times, the most in the NFL; the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams rank second with nine league-leading seasons. The most recent receiving yards leader was Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons, who recorded 1,677 receiving yards over the 2018 season.

List of National Football League annual receptions leaders

This is a list of National Football League players who have led the regular season in receptions each year.

Marquis Maze

Tyran Marquis Maze (born March 2, 1988) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He played for The University of Alabama from 2008 to 2011 and had over 1,000 receiving yards in the 2009 and 2010 seasons. In 2011, he became the lead receiver, punt returner, and kickoff returner for Alabama.

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