Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison may be the greatest pair in NFL history. The numbers favor them. But the Seawhawks’ Russell Wilson and DK Metcalf think they can be the new standard for a quarterback and wide receiver in the league. And they’re taking aim at one of Manning and Harrison’s biggest records to prove it.
Metcalf revealed to ESPN.com that he and Wilson are obsessed with breaking the “unbreakable,” at least according to Manning: the most touchdowns between a receiver and quarterback. Manning and Harrison connected to score 114 times during their time together on the Colts, according to CBS Sports. The next closest pair is Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, who have 94 scores together.
“I keep that in the back of my mind every time I go play, every time I go practice,” Metcalf said. “That’s the record that has to be taken down by us. That’s who we’re chasing.”
Metcalf said he began thinking about the record after Wilson texted him about it.
Metcalf and Wilson have connected for 16 touchdowns in two seasons. Though they have nine this year and Metcalf is on pace to haul in several more, CBS said.
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They have undeniable chemistry on the field and off. But Wilson thinks they have the makings to be one of the greatest pairings ever. And he invoked one of the most beloved quarterbacks and wide receivers of all time to show he’s serious.
“Hopefully me and him can become a little Jerry Rice and Joe Montana,” Wilson said in October, via Yahoo.com. “He’s only 22, think about that. So, what I mean by that is his work ethic. He’s old school in his approach. We trained all offseason together. We spent hours upon hours just throwing. If it wasn’t perfect, we just went over and over and over. He’s still growing and I’m glad I get to be apart of the process with him.”
Regardless, Manning doesn’t think anyone is going to top his touchdown record with Harrison.
“I think many records will be broken — most of my records will be broken — I don’t believe that record that me and Marvin have of throwing the most touchdowns together will ever be broken,” Manning said in 2016.
Getting to that record will require skill, personnel, and a lot of luck. But don’t tell Metcalf he can’t do something.
“I feel like confidence is the word for this topic,” Metcalf told ESPN. “Confidence in myself, confidence in my work that I’ve put in throughout the whole summer, confidence that every time the ball’s in the air, I’m going to come down with it. Confidence that I can make any play out there on the field, whether it’s to tackle somebody or throwing a block.”
Metcalf and Russell will try to add to their total touchdowns on Monday night as the Seahawks take on the Eagles in Philadelphia.