Brown grabs 1,000th catch

Posted: Tuesday, December 03, 2002

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders receiver Tim Brown joined an exclusive club Monday night, becoming the third NFL player with 1,000 catches -- and for once stealing the spotlight from teammate Jerry Rice.

Brown caught a 6-yard pass over the middle from Rich Gannon early in the third quarter of Oakland's 26-20 win over the New York Jets, joining Rice and Miami's Cris Carter as the only players with 1,000 receptions.

The game was stopped for four minutes as Brown celebrated at midfield with his wife, parents, siblings and other relatives. His mom, Josephine, attended one of his games for the first time since he was in junior high.

Not to be outdone, Rice scored on the very next play. The 26-yard scoring catch also put Rice over 1,000 yards receiving in a season for the 14th time.

''That's Jerry Rice. Every time he catches a ball he's stealing your thunder,'' Brown joked.

After the game, Brown was handed a glass-enclosed silver and black commemorative ball and most Oakland lockers had black T-shirts honoring Brown's historic catch.

''Tim got T-shirts and everything. I didn't get that,'' Rice said in mock dismay, recalling his 1,000th catch back in 1996.

Brown, 36, who has spent his entire career with the Raiders, caught four more passes later in the second half to reach another milestone -- 14,000 yards receiving.

Brown finished the night with 14,004 yards receiving -- tied with James Lofton for second place, trailing only Rice on the career list. Rice now has 1,441 receptions for 21,408 yards.

Brown, who has 97 touchdown receptions to rank seventh on the NFL career list, said having his mom at the game was a big surprise.

''She doesn't like the violence. She's a very religious person, she doesn't like the atmosphere,'' Brown said of his mother's reluctance to attend games. ''And she's a mom, she doesn't like to see her son get hurt.''

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