Johnson is 182 yards from surpassing Rice's mark of 1,848 yards, set in 1995. Rice, now an ESPN analyst, said Wednesday that he would prefer it if Johnson falls short but has great respect for his approach to the game.
"I think you don't really want anyone to break your record," Rice said in this NFL Live OT video. "But I know this guy, what he stands for. He works hard and he's a freak of nature. You're talking about a guy that's 6-5 and over 230-some pounds, and is one of those guys that can go up and make plays and also run a 4.2 or 4.3. You don't want him to [break the record], if he does I'll be the first to congratulate him."
You'll recognize another face in the video. Lions receiver Nate Burleson, who is on injured reserve because of a broken leg, served as a guest analyst Wednesday for multiple ESPN shows.