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Tony Gonzalez passes 15,000 yards receiving

The legendary tight is just the fifth player in NFL history to pass the mark.

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Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez has become just the fifth player in NFL history to reach 15,000 career receiving yards.

He passed the historic mark with a 12-yard reception during the third quarter against the Washington Redskins.

Gonzalez has become one of the best, if not the best, tight ends in the history of the league over his 17 seasons. His large frame, speed and receiving ability have helped revolutionize the way the position is played. Over the course of his Hall of Fame career, he has piled up 1,313 receptions and 110 touchdown grabs.

Gonzalez has made it known that this season will be his last, as he plans on retiring.

His 15,008 total receiving yards ranks fifth in league history, and he is the only active player in the top ten.

Here is the complete list of receiving yards leaders, via Pro Football Reference.

Rank Player Total Rec. Yards Career
1 Jerry Rice 22,895 1985-2004
2 Terrell Owens 15,934 1996-2010
3 Randy Moss 15,292 1998-2012
4 Isaac Bruce 15,208 1994-2009
5 Tony Gonzalez (active) 15,008 1997-2013
6 Tim Brown 14,934 1988-2004
7 Marvin Harrison 14,580 1996-2008
8 James Lofton 14,004 1978-1993
9 Cris Carter 13,899 1987-2002
10 Henry Ellard 13,777 1983-1998
11 Reggie Wayne (active) 13,566 2001-2013

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