Lions' Calvin Johnson wants to extend yardage record

By Kevin Patra
Updated: Dec. 28, 2012 at 01:07 p.m.

Calvin Johnson has already set the NFL record for single-season receiving yards, now he wants to put it out of reach.

Megatron's 1,892 is already 44 yards ahead of Jerry Rice's previous mark, and Sunday, when the Detroit Lions take on the Chicago Bears, he will try to bust through the 2,000-yard barrier.

It "would be big -- kind of almost put that (record) away for a while," Johnson said, according to The Associated Press. "All records are meant to be broken, but it would take a long time for somebody to come and get that. You never know. It could happen next year, but it would be a tough (record to break)."

The Bears held Megatron to 34 yards receiving in their first meeting this season, his lowest mark of the year. However, the record-setting receiver still has the respect of Bears defensive players.

Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman

went so far as to call Johnson "the LeBron James of football" earlier this week, via the Chicago Tribune.

The Lions' woes have necessitated throwing the ball a ton: Matthew Stafford will almost certainly break Drew Bledsoe's 1994 NFL record of 691 pass attempts in one season on Sunday. That, along with a lack of other receiving options, created a perfect storm for Johnson to gain big yardage this season.

But if the new record is to be broken in future years, don't bet against Megatron besting his own achievement.