All-Time NFL Receiving Leaders by Team—NFC
The NFC has been around longer than the AFC (formerly the AFL), but most of the players on this list have played in the NFL recently. Some are in fact still active players, and all have posted impressive if not mind-boggling numbers over the course of their careers. The list below is based strictly on receiving yardage leaders by team.
Arizona Cardinals-Roy Green
Wide receiver Roy Green played for the Cardinals for most of his career, beginning in St. Louis in 1979 and through 1990 after the team had moved to Phoenix. Over that time, Green became the franchise receiving leader with 8496 yards. His best season was 1984 when he caught 78 passes for 1555 yards and 12 touchdowns, with a 19.9 yards-per-catch average. Green played for the Eagles in 1991 and 1992 before retiring and is currently co-host of a sports radio show in Phoenix.
Atlanta Falcons-Terance Mathis
Wide receiver Terance Mathis played for the Falcons for most of his career, from 1994-2001. During that time he became the franchise leader with 7349 yards receiving. Mathis' best season in Atlanta was 1994, when he caught 111 passes for 1342 yards and 11 touchdowns. Mathis also played for the Jets and Steelers, and retired in 2002.
Carolina Panthers-Muhsin Muhammad
Receiver Muhsin Muhammad broke into the NFL with Carolina back in 1996, and played for them until signing with Chicago before the 2005 season. During his Carolina tenure, Muhammad became the Panthers all-time leader in receiving with 7751 yards. His best season there was 2004, when he caught 93 passes for 1405 yards and 16 touchdowns, which both led the NFL that season.
Chicago Bears-Johnny Morris
Receiver Johnny Morris played for the Bears his entire career, from 1958-1967 and became this storied franchise's all-time leader in receiving yards over that time, with 5059. Morris' best season was 1964 when he caught 93 passes for 1200 yards and 10 TDs.
Dallas Cowboys-Michael Irvin
Michael Irvin was one of the NFL's greatest receivers, and played his entire career in Dallas, from 1988-1999. Irvin had over 1000 yards receiving seven times, and his best season was 1995, with 111 catches for 1603 yards and 10 touchdowns. He leads the Cowboys' franchise with 11,904 yards receiving. Irvin was part of the trio along with QB Troy Aikman and RB Emmit Smith that helped the Cowboys win three Super Bowls in the nineties. Irvin is currently a television analyst on ESPN.
Detroit Lions-Herman Moore
Herman Moore was one of the most successful receivers in NFL history, and held the record for receptions in a season (123 in 1995) until Marvin Harrison broke the record a few years later. Moore leads the Lions all-time in receiving yards with 9174, and his best season was 1995 with the 123 catches for 1686 yards and 14 touchdowns. Moore still lives in the Detroit area where he has several business interests.
Green Bay Packers- James Lofton
Wide receiver James Lofton played for the Packers for the first half of his career (1978-1986) and was one of the most electrifying players of his time. Lofton leads the Packers all-time with 9656 receiving yards, and his best season was 1984 when he caught 62 passes for 1361 yards and 7 touchdowns. Lofton went on to play for Oakland, Buffalo, Philadelphia, and the L.A. Rams before retiring in 1993. Lofton's son, David, currently plays for the Miami Dolphins.
Minnesota Vikings- Cris Carter
Cris Carter was one of the best receivers in NFL history, and after coming over from the Eagles early in his career, played for the Vikings from 1990-2002 to become the Vikings' all-time leader with 12,383 receiving yards and 110 TDs. In 1995, Carter had one of the greatest seasons ever for a receiver, with 122 catches (he duplicated that feat the previous year) for 1371 yards and 17 touchdowns. Carter had eight straight seasons (1993-2000) of over 1000 yards. He went on to play for the Dolphins in 2002 before retiring, and is currently a co-host on HBO's Inside The NFL.
New Orleans Saints-Eric Martin
Receiver Eric Martin played for the Saints for most of his career (1985-1993) before finishing up with the Chiefs in 1994. Martin leads the Saints all-time in receiving yards with 7854, and his best season as a whole was 1988 when he caught a career high of 85 passes for 1083 yards and 7 touchdowns. Martin also helped lead the Saints to their first-ever playoff appearance in 1987.
New York Giants- Amani Toomer
Wide receiver Amani Toomer has been with the Giants his entire career, from 1996 to the present. He's always been steady, and leads the G-men all-time with 8917 yards receiving. Toomer had five straight 1000-yard seasons, including career highs of 82 catches for 1343 yards and 8 touchdowns in 2002. And even though his season was cut short by an injury in 2006, Toomer is still a vital part of the Giants' offense and helped them reach the Super Bowl in 2007.
Philadelphia Eagles-Harold Carmichael
Harold Carmichael was a four-time Pro Bowler who played for the Eagles for almost his entire career (1971-1983). Carmichael leads the Eagles all-time with 8978 receiving yards, and his best year with the team was 1973 when he caught 67 passes for 1116 yards and 9 touchdowns. Carmichael also helped the Eagles reach the Super Bowl in 1980, and he played one season (1984) in Dallas before retiring.
Seattle Seahawks- Steve Largent
Steve Largent was one of the NFL's most underrated receivers. He was under the radar playing in the Pacific Northwest of Seattle, but over his career (1976-1989, all with the Seahawks), Largent put up 13,089 yards to lead the franchise and also rank him among the NFL's elite. Largent's best season was 1985, when he caught 79 passes for 1287 yards and 6 touchdowns. He also racked up double digits in TDs three times. Largent served as a U.S. Congressman from 1994-2002, and is currently CEO of the CTIA Wireless Association.
San Francisco 49ers- Jerry Rice
Jerry Rice is widely recognized as the greatest receiver in NFL history, and for good reason. Rice compiled 22,895 receiving yards in his storied career, and is the 49ers franchise leader with 19,247 yards. Rice played for San Francisco from 1985-2000, and his best season there was 1995 when he caught 122 passes for 1848 yards and 15 touchdowns. Rice also had a career high of 22 TDs in 1987, and had over 1000 yards receiving in 11 straight seasons. He went on to play a few more years with Oakland and Seattle before retiring in 2004. Rice also holds several NFL records including receptions (1540), TDs (207) and yards (22,895), and helped the 49ers win three championships.
St. Louis Rams-Isaac Bruce
Isaac Bruce has played his whole career for the Rams, beginning 1994 in Los Angeles, and in St. Louis ever since. Bruce leads the Rams all-time with 14,109 receiving yards and has been a part of their "Greatest Show on Turf" philosophy over the years. Bruce's best season was 1995 when he caught 119 passes for 1781 yards and 13 touchdowns and he's had over 1000 receiving yards 8 times, including in 2006 at the age of 34. He also helped the Rams win a Super Bowl in 1999.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Mark Carrier
Receiver Mark Carrier played in Tampa for the first six years of his career (1987-1992) and is still the franchise leader in receiving yards with 5018. In 1989, Carrier had his best season as a pro, catching 86 passes for 1422 yards and 9 touchdowns. Carrier went on to play for Cleveland and Carolina before retiring in 1998.
Washington Redskins-Art Monk
Art Monk was a receiver for the Redskins most of his career, from 1980 to 1993, and became the franchise leader over that time with 12,026 yards. Monk's best season in Washington was 1984 when he caught 106 passes for 1372 yards and 7 touchdowns. In 1989, Monk, along with teammates Gary Clark and Ricky Sanders, became the first trio of receivers on the same team to each have 1000 yards receiving. Monk also won three Super Bowl rings while with the Redskins, and went on to play for the New York Jets and Philadelphia before retiring in 1995.
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