SEATTLE -- Jerry Rice became the NFL's career leader in
combined net yards Monday night, catching a 27-yard touchdown pass
from Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to boost his 20-year total
to 23,351 yards.
It was the 35th NFL record for Rice, and the score put the
Seahawks up 7-0 over Dallas. Fans chanted "Jerry, Jerry, Jerry"
as he ran to the sideline.
The 42-year-old Rice went into the game needing seven yards --
receiving, rushing or on a kick return -- to pass Brian Mitchell's
record of 23,330 yards.
Rice, who began his career with San Francisco in 1985, already
is the NFL's all-time leader in receptions, yards receiving and
touchdowns. His 14 seasons with at least 1,000 yards receiving and
75 100-yard receiving games also are NFL records.