The Big Ten is, and always has been, known as a smashmouth football conference. The former greatness of Michigan and Ohio State, not to mention more recent success from Wisconsin and Iowa, has usually been predicated on defense and physicality up front.
But that doesn't mean the passing games have gone for naught. In fact, in pouring through the annals of football history, you'll find that some of the greatest wide receivers who ever played came up through this very conference.
That's especially true in the NFL, where Big Ten products have managed to find plenty of success. The physical nature of the conference, it seems, duly prepares them for the rigors of professional football.
Here are the 10 greatest NFL wide receivers that the Big Ten produced.
Note: All stats via Pro Football Reference.