NFL: Top 10 Greatest Wide Receivers of All Time
These are, in my opinion, the 10 greatest wide receivers of all time. Let me know what you think.
1. Jerry Rice
Receiving Yards: 22,895
Receiving TD: 197
Rushing Yards: 645
Rushing TD: 10
I dare someone to argue with this pick. Jerry Rice is so much better than any other wide receiver to ever play the game, it isn’t even funny.
Even his statistics look like a joke. They’re simply unreal.
The fact is, Jerry Rice just may be the greatest football player of all time.
2. Don Hutson
Receiving Yards: 7,991
Receiving TD: 99
Rushing Yards: 284
Rushing TD: 3
Yes, I know his statistics aren’t great. But you know what? I don’t care.
Don Hutson was the first great receiver in the history of football, and he is largely responsible for the modernization of the forward pass.
Back when he played, Hutson would often receive more than whole teams combined. For this reason, Hutson easily earns my No. 2 spot.
3. Marvin Harrison
Receiving Yards: 13,944
Receiving TD: 123
I know many of you dislike when I place still active players on my lists, but I don’t care. Harrison deserves to be here.
With his fantastic numbers, lights-out play, and unselfish attitude (which is a rarity for receivers), Harrison is simply one of the greatest receivers ever.
4. Randy Moss
Receiving Yards: 12,193
Receiving TD: 124
Passing TD: 2
Rushing Yards: 129
Rushing TD: 2
Yet another controversial pick. However, if you look at his numbers, you’ll see that few receivers in the history of the game have been more prolific than Moss.
In addition, Moss is currently the record holder for the most touchdown receptions by a receiver ever in one season. Moss definitely deserves to be on this list.
5. Cris Carter
Receiving Yards: 13,899
Receiving TD: 130
Just look at the numbers. Enough said.
6. Paul Warfield
Receiving Yards: 8,565
Receiving TD: 85
Another receiver who lacks impressive numbers, yet was a dominant force before the forward pass became a major factor in football.
Putting things in context, Warfield was one of the greatest receivers of his era.
7. Tim Brown
Receiving Yards: 14,934
Receiving TD: 100
Tim was one of the most solid and consistent receivers ever in the history of the game.
8. Isaac Bruce
Receiving Yards: 14,109
Receiving TD: 84
Bruce is simply a model of consistency. While he may not be the flashiest of receivers, every year he continues to accumulate solid numbers.
Receiving Yards: 13,070
Receiving TD: 129
Yes, I know. I hate him too. However, that doesn’t change the fact that he’s one of the greatest receivers of all time.
If you have a problem with the pick, just look at his numbers. Then remind yourself that Owens still has years of football left.
10. Steve Largent
Receiving Yards: 13,089
Receiving TD: 100
The last spot on my list was a tough one, as there were plenty of players who warranted consideration.
However, after putting much thought and research into the matter, I decided that Monk deserved the nod.
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