ATLANTA -- Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones surpassed Roddy White as the franchise's all-time leading receiver with a 54-yard touchdown catch against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night -- a catch that gave the Falcons a 24-20 lead they would not relinquish.
Jones, who had five catches for 106 yards after the play, entered the game needing 102 yards to surpass White's mark of 10,863 yards, which White established in 171 career games through 11 seasons. Jones set the new mark in 113 games in nine seasons.
"[Quarterback] Matt [Ryan] told me after the game. He was like, 'Yeah, I think you broke Roddy's record,'" Jones said after the game. "I'm just going to play ball when my team needs me, go out there when my number's called and try to perform.''
White praised his close friend Jones for rewriting the record books.
"It's mean a lot, especially to do it in Year 9; I played 11 seasons to get that." White said. "So the accomplishment with him, going over 10,000 yards and being the fastest guy to do that, that's remarkable.
"He's averaging 1,300-plus yards a season, which is unparalleled at this level. The very first day I saw that guy, I knew he had a chance to be one of the best to ever play the game. My record stood for a good three years after I left, but now it's time to pass on. They won't ever break his record.''