Harrison holds the NFL record for both receptions (563) and receiving yards (7,594) in a five-year span, setting both from 1999-2003.
Brown needs just 3 catches and 85 yards through the remaining five games to catch Harrison, but the likelihood that he does it this coming Monday night in Cincinnati against the Bengals is almost a certainty.
Brown has had at least 3 receptions in every game this year, and he’s had at least 85 yards in more than half of Pittsburgh’s games. All in all, he averages 7.3 catches for 108.6 YPG in 2017.
Brown currently leads the NFL in receptions (80), receiving yards (1,195), catches of 20-plus yards (20) and receiving first downs (56). He is second in targets (126) and receiving touchdowns (8).
In a way, Brown is this generation’s Marvin Harrison. While Brown is much flashier than Harrison was, fans always like to look toward guys who look the part more. Harrison was overshadowed by guys like Randy Moss and Terrell Owens while people have overlooked Brown for Calvin Johnson and Julio Jones.
However, just like Harrison, none of his peers have been as consistently productive as Brown.