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Cooper Kupp Breaks 26-Year-Old Michael Irvin Record; Micah Parsons Reacts

's dominance over the NFL in 2021 is well known; the ' star receiver led the league in catches, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns this season. He also broke a 26-year-old record held by Cowboys' legend for 100-yard games in a season.

During the Cowboys' last season in 1995, Irvin had eleven 100-yard games in the regular season and one during the . With 142 yards in the Rams' victory of the 49ers last Sunday's Championship game, Kupp had his 13th 100-yard game in 2021.

Kupp's big season has earned worthy praise from all corners of the football world. Among his admirers is Cowboys rookie , who praised the receiver through .

The surprise is that this record has stood this long. With the rise of the since the late 90s and 2000s, one would have thought that , , Calvin Johnson, Marvin Harrison, or any number of more “modern era” receivers would've topped Irvin's mark.

It's a reminder of just how special The Playmaker truly was, and how underrated he now is in some of the discussions of all-time great receivers.

Because of and the difficult transition years from the era to , Irvin's first three seasons from 1988-1990 weren't pretty. After glorious seasons throughout most of the 90s, Mike then saw his career cut short with a neck in 1999.

These circumstances have left Irvin low on the all-time lists for NFL receivers. His highest ranking is only 29th in receiving yards while being much lower on the receptions and touchdown lists.

But at his peak, Michael Irvin was as feared as any receiver in football. And as this longstanding record indicates, few have ever been as dominant in their primes.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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Cowboy Fan Ed

Bottom line is if you’ve got a horse you better ride him !!!!

VAM

Agree Jess, Michael was DOMINANT IN HIS PRIME. He still gets fired up and loves his former team. Great clutch player, one of my all time favorite Cowboys.

BTW, kudos to Kupp.

Stevie DelRay

Kupp plays like an old-time receiver, but with speed…

anthony etemadi

Kupp simply gets the job done by well disciplined route running and extraordinary hands. A great combination of talent and relentless effort.

Robert Hambley

Nobody ever covers him. Same with Kelce.

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