Of all the accomplishments in Jerry Rice's 17-year career, the least impressive is his record for most consecutive games with a pass reception, a streak that stands at 225. Rice (left) is the NFL's greatest receiver. However, he has also spent his entire career in the West Coast offense, which made the short throw the equivalent of a long handoff. Nobody benefited more from that scheme than Rice: If he didn't see 10 to 15 passes a game in his prime, something was wrong. So laud him for his 13 other league records, which include career marks for most receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. As for the pass-catching streak, treat it the way the 49ers did every time they announced that Rice had extended it—as a footnote.
Gerald Riggs will never be associated with NFL greatness, but for one season he did something great. The year was 1985, and Riggs, then an Atlanta Falcons running back, rushed 397 times for 1,719 yards and 10 touchdowns—and he didn't fumble once. No NFL player has carried the ball as much without dropping it. The league is filled with defenders skilled at stripping ballcarriers, so Riggs, who played 10 seasons and enjoyed only three 1,000-yard campaigns, should be proud of himself. Sixteen years later his place in league history remains as secure as a football in his hands.