Top 10 NFL Wide Receivers of the Decade

Matthew Wolfe@@DatDudeMKWCorrespondent IIISeptember 1, 2011

Top 10 NFL Wide Receivers of the Decade

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    The position of the diva has seen a lot of drama over the past decade, but it has also seen a lot of talent.

    From the quietest players in the league to the loudest, this position has easily seen the most personality and provided the most entertainment.

    Some of the receivers from the 2000s will be remembered as the best of all time, and they have the numbers to back it up.

    Here is a look at the top wide receivers of the decade.                                                                                                                                        

10. Steve Smith

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    Since coming into the league in 2001, Smith has been an impact player.

    Whether it is returning kicks or catching passes, he knows how to make life difficult for opposing teams.

    He has been one of the most consistent receivers out there, and he led the league in just about every receiving category in 2005.

    Smith has been able to accomplish all that he has with a mediocre quarterback, which makes his numbers a lot more impressive.

9. Isaac Bruce

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    Bruce is one of the few receivers on this list who did his work quietly.

    In fact, he was nicknamed "Reverend Ike" because of his plans to enter the ministry after his playing career.

    As for his skills, he came into the league in 1994, but managed to stay consistent enough to make the 2000s list.

    The one-time Super Bowl Champion was second tier to Torry Holt for most of his career, but that didn't stop him from putting up monster numbers.

8. Reggie Wayne

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    For the beginning of his career, Wayne was the No. 2 receiver on the Colts behind Marvin Harrison.

    He excelled in the No. 2 role, but has done an excellent job replacing Harrison since he retired.

    The five-time Pro Bowl and three-time All-Pro selection has been a trustworthy target for Peyton Manning for many years now, and doesn't appear to be slowing down.

7. Chad Ochocinco

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    The man formerly known as Chad Johnson has made a name for himself through his touchdown celebrations and loud mouth, but the guy knows how to bring it on the field.

    Ochocinco has recorded seven seasons with 1000-plus yards, and was the face of the Bengals franchise for most of the 2000s.

    Chad talks a big game, but he backs it up.

6. Derrick Mason

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    It may surprise a lot of people that Mason is so high up on this list, but that's because he has flown so far under the radar.

    He has been one of the most consistent targets in the league, and is a reception machine.

    Mason didn't catch as many touchdowns as some of these other guys, but his reliability is what earns him the No. 6 spot on this list.

5. Hines Ward

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    If you are not a fan of the Steelers, you are probably not a huge fan of Hines Ward.

    Ward was voted the dirtiest player in the league in 2009 by his peers, and has made a lot of enemies over the years.

    He may be dirty, but he is also talented.  

    Ward's numbers have been solid year in and year out, and he has been the most productive receiver in the postseason in this decade.

4. Marvin Harrison

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    The eight-time Pro Bowl and eight-time All-Pro selection was a silent assassin during his time with the Colts.

    He and Peyton Manning established an amazing chemistry during their time together, which ended with Harrison being all over the record books.

    He had a way for finding the end zone, recording at least 10 touchdowns in the first seven years of the decade.

3. Terrell Owens

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    Arguably the most-hated player on this list, Owens has earned this title not only for killing teams on the field, but for running his mouth off the field.

    Although he has never been able to get along with a single quarterback, that has not stopped him from putting up ridiculous numbers throughout the 2000s.

    T.O. is gifted with size and strength, and he knows how to use it. Unfortunately, that never got him a ring, but it did get him the No. 3 slot on this list.

2. Torry Holt

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    Torry Holt was a silent assassin for the St.Louis Rams.

    He quietly had the most receptions and receiving yards over the course of the decade.

    For whatever reason, Holt does not get the love he deserves, which is hard to believe if you look at his numbers.

    If he played in a bigger market, he would be just as recognizable as some of the other names on this list.

1. Randy Moss

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    Last but not least, Randy Moss.

    The case could be made that Torry Holt should be in this spot, but the touchdown differential is just too large.

    The four-time First Team All-Pro averaged 12 touchdowns per season over the course of the decade, more than anyone on this list.

    Like many other wide receivers, Moss had an ego and was the center of controversy.  

    It is scary to think about what Moss could have done had he played to his full potential.