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Tyreek Hill Pursuing NFL Record Even Jerry Rice Failed to Achieve

It hasn’t taken long for Tyreek Hill to make his mark in the NFL as one of the most dynamic offensive playmakers. The Kansas City Chiefs star wide receiver has become an elite talent behind his blazing speed and big-play ability on any given catch. That has also made him one of Patrick Mahomes’ go-to receiving targets helping to become a statistical juggernaut. All that has instilled Hill’s confidence to potentially set an NFL record that not even Hall of Famer Jerry Rice reached in his illustrious career.

Tyreek Hill’s rise to stardom

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Since entering the league as the 165th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, Tyreek Hill has had a steady climb to stardom.

Hill began his career with much pizzazz over his blazing speed that helped him become a bonafide all-around asset as a receiver and special teams return specialist. That has continued to translate to a grander role as a receiver as he further hones his ability in the passing game. It has helped him earn four straight Pro Bowl selections, two First-Team All-Pro nods, and a Second-Team All-Pro selection.

The 26-year-old has piled up a pair of 1,000 receiving yard campaigns, which could have had a third in 2019 had he not missed four games due to a chest injury. He also became the fastest to reach 4,000 career receiving yards in Chiefs history in only 58 games. His tremendous production so far in his career has him quite confident he can make NFL history again in the 2020 season.

Tyreek Hill aiming for record that Jerry Rice failed to reach

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Tyreek Hill has shown no lack of confidence in the field, as shown through the peace sign he puts up after blowing past defenders.

The four-time Pro Bowl has ramped it up a notch as he has set his eyes on a tremendous feat that nobody, not even Jerry Rice, has reached in NFL history. During a recent appearance on Hall of Famer Terrell Owens’ podcast, Hill voiced that he wants to record 2,000 receiving yards in a season. (H/T Pete Grathoff of The Kansas City Star)

“One of my goals is, in all of my YouTube videos, I’ve been saying I want to get 2,000 receiving yards,” Hill said on the “Getcha Popcorn Ready” podcast. “That’s like a whole other level. That’s like Mamba mentality though for me. I’ve got to stay locked in. I’ve got to get the proper rest. I’ve got to put the right things in my body. For the game, it’s going to be easy then. That’s been my main goal and my main thing this year.”

That certainly sets the bar high for Hill as that is a feat many have aimed for but have fallen just short. Calvin Johnson still holds the mark for a single season with 1,964 receiving yards. Meanwhile, Rice, Antonio Brown, and Julio Jones all cracked 1,800 in a single campaign behind that.

It’s a significant step up from what Hill has put forth as his career-high of 1,479 receiving yards in the 2018 season is 57th best in league history.

Could Tyreek Hill reach that lofty goal in 2020?

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The high aspirations aside, Tyreek Hill has plenty of reasons to be excited about the 2020 season.

Hill is coming off helping the Chiefs earn their first Super Bowl win in five decades, putting a significant target on their back. Kansas City has high hopes to continue their impressive run of success with Patrick Mahomes under center, notably after he inked his historic extension last week.

That also places a substantial burden on Hill to remain a massive factor in his various roles. He is the team’s biggest receiving threat that has provided another crucial element to the mix. If he wants any chance to test 2,000 receiving yards, he will need to be a significant factor each week so that he can touch the record that not even the greatest wide receiver in NFL history could reach.