AJ Brown humbled to break Mike Quick’s Eagles record in receiving yards as he prepares for postseason glory

PHILADELPHIA — Mike Quick wanted AJ Brown to break his 38-year receiving record, and waited in anticipation to finally congratulate the Philadelphia Eagles star on achieving one of the toughest marks in franchise history. Quick, the color commentator for the Eagles radio broadcasts, immediately went to Brown after the Eagles’ 22-16 victory over the New York Giants to give the young wideout a gift for the performance.

It was Brown, who wore Quick’s old “Kelly Green” Eagles jersey with which he crushed defensive backs in 1984 — en route to 1,409 receiving yards in what is considered one of the best receiving seasons in franchise history.

“I told Mike thanks for everything he’s done for the game,” a humbled Brown said as he broke Quick’s record. “It’s really an honor. He’s been up there for 30 years, and that says a lot. It means a lot.”

Brown topped Quick’s breakout 1984 campaign in his first season in Philadelphia. He finished with 88 catches for 1,496 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season. Not only is the 1,496 yards a franchise record, but Brown tied Irving Fryar for the second most receptions by a wide receiver in franchise history (88).

The player who broke that mark? Brown’s teammate – DeVonta Smith – as he finished with 95 catches in just his second season in the NFL. Smith and Brown are No. 1 and No. 2 in single-season receptions for the Eagles, along with the first pair of Eagles teammates to each reach 1,000 receiving yards in a season.

This is just the beginning of what Brown and Smith can accomplish in Philadelphia, especially with what lies ahead for this franchise in the coming weeks.

“I feel like we’re still a work in progress,” Brown said. “We’ve got a long way to go. We’re going to be here together for a while.”

Brown finished the regular season ranked fourth in receiving yards, becoming the first Eagles player to finish in the top five in receiving yards since Irving Fryar in 1997. He also finished third in the league in yards per catch (17.0) and tied for third place in the league. league in touchdowns (11). Brown was the first Eagles player to finish in the top five in receiving touchdowns since Terrell Owens in 2004.

Everything the Eagles envisioned when they traded for Brown was delivered in year one, but the ultimate goal has not been achieved. When Brown donned the NFC East championship hat and T-shirt, he realized he wanted more of that type of shirt in his closet.

That’s why Brown came to Philadelphia in the first place.

“You want me to be honest? I want more,” Brown said. “It’s cool at the moment. It’s two more hats out there and I’m trying to get it. I’m looking forward and what I can try and do to get better and take this game one game at a time in the playoffs.”

The road to the Super Bowl goes through Philadelphia. Brown has another opportunity to add to his historic season in two weeks.

He is ready at the moment.

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