Steelers' Brown Sets 2-Year Record with 265 Receptions

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffJanuary 6, 2016

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 6:  Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown by jumping on the goal post during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Heinz Field on December 6, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown finished the 2015 regular season with 136 receptions, giving him the all-time NFL record for most catches (265) over a two-year span, per Jayson Braddock of RotoExperts and ESPN 97.5 Houston.

The previous record of 252 was set by former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison, who caught 109 passes in 2001, followed by an NFL single-season record 143 receptions in 2002.

The gap between Brown's two seasons was significantly smaller, as he caught 129 balls for 1,698 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014, then had the aforementioned 136 catches for 1,834 yards and 10 scores this year.

If not for a knee injury to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger that led to an October slump, it seems more than likely that Brown would have broken Harrison's single-season receptions record.

Of course, the Pittsburgh superstar wasn't the only player to make a quasi-run at said record this season, as Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones tied for the league lead with 136 receptions, parlaying those into a league-high 1,871 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. 

With the 26-year-old Jones and 27-year-old Brown still having at least a few years left in the primes of their respective careers, it seems like only a matter of time before Harrison's record is bested.

And that's to say nothing of the league's other top wideouts, as Jones and Brown were just two of the seven players to top 100 receptions this season, joined by Houston's DeAndre Hopkins (111), Miami's Jarvis Landry (110), the New York Jets' Brandon Marshall (109), Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald (109) and Denver's Demaryius Thomas (105).

There's also the matter of New York Giants superstar Odell Beckham, who caught 96 passes in 15 games during one of the most impressive sophomore campaigns in NFL history.