It was a three-yard gain, an unmemorable one in Pierre Garcon’s eyes, that moved the chains for a first down. But the Washington Redskins wide receiver’s second catch on the opening drive against the Cleveland Browns set a milestone.
Garcon is now one of 11 active players with 500 career receptions, joining Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson, Jason Witten, Anquan Boldin, Steven Smith Sr., Brandon Marshall, Antonio Gates, Greg Olsen, Antonio Brown and Vincent Jackson. The nine-year veteran accomplished the feat in 120 career games with the Redskins and Indianapolis Colts.
“I knew it was coming up,’ Garcon said. “That individual catch wasn’t nothing special, but it was a cool thing when you look back at it. You look back and say, ‘Ah man, I did that.’ So, it’s pretty cool.”
The Mount Union product said it speaks to the consistency he’s played with throughout his career, including his five seasons with the Redskins.
“A lot of JUGS machines, a lot of work, a lot of injury prevention workouts and bringing your lunch pail to work every day,” Garcon said. “It’s not easy, but it’s fun.”
Garcon recorded career highs in 2013 with 113 receptions for 1,346 yards. The 30-year-old hasn’t come close to duplicating those numbers ever since, but Garcon has remained a reliable option in the passing game regardless of who has played under center.
“He’s a phenomenal player, one of our best athletes,” quarterback Kirk Cousins said. “Hard worker, he’s very intelligent. He has those characteristics that lend themselves well to having a long, productive career, to having a consistent career, to being a winner. He deserves every accolade or accomplishment that he receives. He’s been a great teammate and he’s a great example for younger players as we bring in younger receivers. So we’re trying to look for players like him in all positions because of the way he approaches the game. I’d love to be able to play with him for a long time. He’s certainly helped me as a player and made me a much better quarterback being on the receiving end of my passes.”
Garcon is in a contract season, but he says he still has a few more seasons left in him before he calls it a career. While there are other individual milestones he wants to accomplish, there’s one thing Garcon has yet to experience in his career — a Super Bowl victory. Garcon lost to the New Orleans Saints in his only Super Bowl appearance to conclude the 2009 season with the Colts.
“I’ve got a lot of milestones and a lot of accomplishments, but obviously you want to win the Super Bowl and play as long as possible but always be producing and try to be productive to the team,” Garcon said. “The number one mind-set is to win a Super Bowl.”