Justin Jefferson Reaches 5,000 Career Receiving Yards, Ties NFL Record

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson in 2021
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson in 2021. Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto/Shutterstock (12632165bc)

Minnesota Vikings’ star Justin Jefferson needed just 52 NFL games to reach 5,000 career receiving yards. Jefferson cleared the mark in Thursday Night Football loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Jefferson has now tied the NFL record for the fewest games game needed to reach 5,000 receiving yards. Hall of Famer and San Diego Chargers’ legend Lance Alworth also reached the same mark in 52 games.

Jefferson finished the Eagles’ game with 11 catches for 159 yards and now has back-to-back 150+ receiving yard games to start the 2023 season. The 24-year-old also had an opportunity to score a touchdown on Thursday night but ended up fumbling the ball before reaching the end zone.

Despite having arguably the best wide receiver in the whole of football, the Vikings still didn’t manage to lock him to a new long-term extension. The two sides spent much of the summer engaged in contract negotiations but never managed to make a breakthrough. Reportedly, the talks have now been shelved until the 2023 season wraps up.

Luckily for Minnesota’s fans, there is no danger of Jefferson leaving anytime soon. The 2022 NFL Offensive Player of the Year is under contract throughout 2024 after the Vikings picked up the fifth-year option on his rookie deal.

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