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With the Miami Heat in town to face the Detroit Pistons, the reigning NBA MVP told reporters after a Friday afternoon shootaround that he was amazed by Megatron's record-breaking 2012 season, according to Dave Birkett and Jeff Seidel of the Detroit Free Press.
Johnson broke Jerry Rice's single-season receiving record in last week's loss to the Falcons with 225 yards on 11 receptions, giving him 1,892 receiving yards this season on a career-high 117 catches.
For those without calculators, that means Johnson is averaging 126 yards-per-game, and needs just 108 yards in Sunday's finale against the Bears to become the first player in history to record 2,000 receiving yards in a season.
James, an all-state wide receiver in high school, called Johnson "amazing" and "a monster."
"That's big time, to beak that Jerry Rice record. Man, he's amazing...I don't know him at all. I think I've met him. But I respect him a lot. He's incredible."
As for Tillman dubbing Johnson "the LeBron James of football?"
"That's awesome...That's awesome."