Brian Hartline is the all-time leader for the Miami Dolphins when it comes to receiving yards in a single game.
He also leads the NFL in receiving yards so far this season.
But none of that mattered to the fourth-year player Sunday after his team lost in overtime for the second straight week, 24-21 to the Arizona Cardinals, to drop to 1-3 this season. He called his franchise-record 253 yards receiving on 11 catches “bittersweet.”
“If you win the game, it’s awesome,” Hartline said. “If you don’t, it has the asterisk. And I don’t like being associated with asterisks.”
Hartline also scored his first touchdown of the season in spectacular fashion, on an 80-yard hookup with rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
He more than doubled his season total in yardage, which now stands at 455 yards. The receiver with the second-highest total in the league, Cincinnati’s A.J. Green, will be on the opposing sideline next weekend.
But Green and the Bengals have been accumulating something Hartline wants even more than personal accolades — victories.
“We need to start winning some football games, we’ve got to stop finding ways to lose,” Hartline said. “It’s getting old. I’m sick of losing. I don’t like losing.”