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Trivia of the Day – Sunday, February 24th



Eight teams in NFL history have rostered five players who — at some point in their career — gained at least 1,000 receiving yards in a season. The most recent three teams were the 2003-2005 Rams, who had Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce, Marshall Faulk, Kevin Curtis, and Mike Furrey. Furrey wouldn’t record 1,000 yards until he joined the Lions in 2006, while Curtis’ only 1,000-yard season came in 2007 with the Eagles. But they qualify, as the question doesn’t concern itself with when that 1,000-yard season occurred.

From 1995 to 1997, the Denver Broncos also pulled off this feat. You could probably guess Shannon Sharpe, Rod Smith, and Ed McCaffrey, but they were joined by Vance Johnson and Anthony Miller in ’95, Miller and Patrick Jeffers (!) the following season, and Jeffers and Flipper Anderson (!!) in 1997.

That leaves just two teams. Bill Belichick’s Cleveland Browns are one of them, as Eric Metcalf, Derrick Alexander, Mark Carrier, Michael Jackson, and Keenan McCardell were all on the 1994 team. Today’s trivia question focuses on the first team to roster five players who, before or after, had a 1,000-yard receiving season.

As this question is, well, impossible, I’ll simply list the players from “least useful” to “most useful” in terms of guessing the team and year. Post in the comments after which player you figured it out!

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  • Shattenjager

    Got it on the third one. I actually completely forgot about Craig playing there, but Ismail and Carter told me the team and I felt fairly certain that Ismail was drafted in ’93, making that the most likely year.

  • Tim Truemper

    Got it after Anthony Carter. Not so great I guess. Excellent and “near impossible” as you said to get. Totally forgot Roger Craig spent a season with Minnesota.

    • Kibbles

      Craig spent two years with Minnesota, actually. And before that, one with Oakland.

      I guessed the team from the first clue, because I’d had “players who played out the string for random teams” on the brain recently. I never managed to get the year, though- I was thinking it was ’90 or ’91.

  • JeremyDe

    Got it on #2 qadry. Figured if Craig was least useful clue, that it was after San Fran. Knew he was in LA, but forgot Minnesota until I got into a debate with a friend last month about Hall of Fame and Craig was one of the arguments, so we looked him up. Knew Raghib Ismail was drafted in 91, and remembered (only because of the relationship) that Qadry was drafted 2 years later.

  • Danish

    Am I the only one who mixes up Roger Craig and Ricky Watters? My efforts on this one were rendered useless as I was thinking of the other guy at hint #1. Probably wouldn’t have gotten it anyway though.

  • Richie

    Qadry was the one who got me there (and then I was able to name Reed and the Carters). The Roger Craig guess got me thinking about the Raiders and thinking about guys like Mervyn Fernandez and Willie Gault.