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NFL - Top 5 Greatest Wide Receivers
NFL - Top 5 Greatest Wide Receivers

The All Time Best

Wide Receivers in the NFL

In the NFL it is the wide receivers job to catch the ball. He must have good speed, good hands and great intuition. The men who play this position are fast, agile and great jumpers. Though some may debate this point in my opinion, the wide receiver is probably the best all around athlete on the field. Concentration is key as he has many a route to run while letting his QB have sometime and a good somewhere and someone to throw the ball to.

Wide receivers are the players that wear the "tight pants" in a "flash position" and are the ones that score the big touchdowns that we see on all the sports highlights. So it is no wonder, why looking at the NFL"s legendary wide receivers in their defining moments can anyone explain why the NFL captivates us so much.

The first WR on this list is one all will agree is the best wide receiver ever, for It did not take Jerry Rice very long to become a Hall of Famer. Here you can read all about him and the yards and catches he amassed in his NFL career to deserve this position.

The Goat

Jerry Rice breaks away from an Atlanta Falcons defender on a 66-yard TD run during the first quarter in playing for the 49 ners in 1998. (Sept. 27, 1998)
Jerry Rice breaks away from an Atlanta Falcons defender on a 66-yard TD run during the first quarter in playing for the 49 ners in 1998. (Sept. 27, 1998)

Jerry Rice Bio

  • Born 10/13/62 Starkville, Miss
  • College: Mississippi Valley State
  • Height: 6 ft 2 in Weight: 200 lb
  • NFL Draft:1985/Round:1/Pick:16
  • 13X Pro Bowl
  • 12X All Pro
  • 3X Super Bowl champion
  • MVP Super Bowl XXIII
  • Hall of Fame Class of 2010



Receptions: 1,549
Receiving yards: 22,895
Touchdowns: 208
Stats at NFL.com


Winning Combinations

QB Joe Montana (right) and wide receiver Jerry Rice celebrate during Super Bowl XXIV against the Denver Broncos at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana Jan 28,1990
QB Joe Montana (right) and wide receiver Jerry Rice celebrate during Super Bowl XXIV against the Denver Broncos at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana Jan 28,1990
49ers QB Steve Young and Rice rushed to congratulate tight end Brent Jones after Jones scored a touchdown, on November 13, 1994. Associated Press photo by Susan Ragan
49ers QB Steve Young and Rice rushed to congratulate tight end Brent Jones after Jones scored a touchdown, on November 13, 1994. Associated Press photo by Susan Ragan

#1 - Jerry Rice

San Francisco 49ers #80

"THE GREAT ONE"

By far anyone I ask, and anything I read, all seem to agree on one thing, Jerry Rice is the GOAT, the Greatest Wide Receiver Of All Time.

This legend debuted in the NFL in 1985 for the San Francisco 49ers where he played from 1985-2000. In 2001 he played for the Oakland Raiders, it was there that he helped turn the Raiders from having an 11–5 record in 2002 to a 4–12 record in 2003 and a 5–11 record in 2004. Four Games into the 2004 season he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks. Rice throughout his career wore the same number that legend Steve Largent wore as a Seahawk whose number was retired in 1995 when he was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. Largent gave Rice his blessing to put a new spin on an old jersey.

Rice didn't just beat defensive backs, he destroyed them. His fearless over the middle, sure-handed in a crowd and fluid in patterns with an extra gear gave him separation from swift cornerbacks. In his prime, Rice turned short passes into a new category, 'yards after the catch', a statistic resulting from his ability to catch a pass and sprint downfield with long, graceful strides.

His work ethic and attention to the little things gave an entire generation of receivers someone to look up to. And His utter dominance is hard to believe in a league where the competition is so intense and conducted at such a high level.

The Greatest Wide Receiver and His QB's

Steve Young threw the most passes to Rice for a record breaking 85 scores. But it was the Rice-Montana combo and their telepathic relationship that is most amazing. With Montana's uncanny accuracy and Rice's deft moves, they were the perfect combination in an NFL where defensive backs have to provide receivers a five-yard cushion at the line of scrimmage. Rice's precision in running his routes, honed by a work ethic that amazed teammates, found its mirror image in a quarterback such as Joe Montana.

"The difference between Jerry Rice and everybody else is that one day he woke up and said, 'I'm going to be the greatest receiver of all time. I'm going to run and prepare.' While everyone else was watching Oprah or hanging out, he was making sure he was running instead of playing."

~Steve Young~

Jerry Rice Retires from football but not until he makes one last catch!
Jerry Rice Retires from football but not until he makes one last catch!

The Best WR in The NFL

Rice Retires

Jerry Rice retired in September 2005 after 20 seasons. He closed his career with 38 NFL records.

A ceremonial one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers, the football team he helped to win three Super Bowls was signed and the dollar figure on the contract was $1,985,806.49, an amount that honors his history with the organization. He retired with the team that drafted him in 1985 as a No. 1 draft pick.

”He played with a burning passion that the NFL had never seen before,”

~John York ~ San Francisco 49ers owner

The Greatest Wide Receiver Ever to Catch in the NFL

Hot Hands

Sports Illustrated Magazin featuring Jerry Rice
Sports Illustrated Magazin featuring Jerry Rice

Jerry Rice Football Honors


  • NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time NFL Team
  • NFL 1990s All-Decade NFL Team
  • NFL 1980s All-Decade NFL Team


Jerry Rice on Dancing With the Stars

Jerry was invited to be a contender on Dancing With The Stars in 2005. He was partnered with Anna Trebunskaya. Although Jerry was not the strongest of contenders his charm and strong determination won him and Trebunskaya the votes of the viewers. This pair was not expected to go too far but of course as with anything that Jerry tackles no one was really surprised when he and his partner made it to the finals. Ultimately they lost to the tandem of singer Drew Lachey and dancer Cheryl Burke .

Lynn Swann'Baryshnikov in Cleats'

Swann dives as he catches a pass from QB Terry Bradshaw during Super Bowl X in Miami, Fla., on Sunday, Jan. 18, 1976
Swann dives as he catches a pass from QB Terry Bradshaw during Super Bowl X in Miami, Fla., on Sunday, Jan. 18, 1976
Pittsburgh Steelers Lynn Swan catch in SuperBowl X against the Dallas Cowboys
Pittsburgh Steelers Lynn Swan catch in SuperBowl X against the Dallas Cowboys

#2 - Lynn Swann

#88 Pittsburgh Steeler

'Baryshnikov in Cleats'

From the age of 4 until he was in high school Lynn Swann took ballet, tap and modern dance classes and he has thanked his mother for this is what he knows made him such a great athlete. For 9 years he was a vital player with the Steelers as they won four Superbowls (1974 - 1982). With his tremendous vertical leaps and his 'gazelle like speed' Swan made the impossible look effortless.

"Lynn Swann was an idol. It would amaze me how he could fly through the air and make those catches. I'll never forget the one versus Dallas. It was the greatest catch I've ever seen."
~49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice ~

Lynn Swann - Top 5 Greatest Wide Receivers in the game of football.
Lynn Swann - Top 5 Greatest Wide Receivers in the game of football.

Lynn Swann Bio

  • Born: 3/7/1952 Alcoa , TN
  • College: USC
  • Experience: 9 years
  • 4 Superbowls
  • MVP Superbowl X (1976)
  • Hall of Fame Induction: 2001
Receptions: 336 
Receiving Yards: 5462
Touchdowns: 51
Stats at NFL.com


Pittsburgh Steelers Amazing Teammates of the 70'S

Franco Harris, Lynn Swann and Terry Bradshaw
Franco Harris, Lynn Swann and Terry Bradshaw

Master of Illusion

Look at those Hands!
Look at those Hands!

Seattle Seahawks Greatest Wide Receiver

Steve Largent
Steve Largent

#3 NFL Legendary Wide Receiver

Steve Largent #80

For 13 years this wide receiver wore the #80 for the Seattle Seahawks. He was the kind of wide receiver a QB would say to in the huddle 'Do whatever you want, just get open and I'll throw to you'. He was one of the most deceptive receivers in the NFL for he could change patterns to fit the situation. Who could have predicted that 2 castoffs would come together In 1976 he was cut by the Houston Oilers. The same year Jim Zorn was cut by Dallas and both ended up on the then expansion Seahawks.

Less than ideal size (5'11- 187lbs) nor was he blessed with great speed, he did have exceptional lateral quickness, great body control, unbelievable balance and soft hands that seemed to be a magnet for the ball.

A constant word used for this NFL legend is class.

"The first thing I think about when you mention Steve's name is class. It has nothing to do with football, just the quality of person that he is. I've been in this racket for 36 years coaching football and he's the only player that I have a picture hanging in my office. So I think that tells you what I think of him."
~Tom Catlin~ Seahawks' defensive coordinator (1931-2008)


Jim Zorn and Steve Largent

Steve Largent Bio

  • Born: 9/28/1954 Tulsa , OK
  • Height: 5'11"
  • College: Tulsa
  • Experience 14 Seasons
  • 7x Pro Bowl
  • Hall of Fame Induction: 1995



Receptions         819
Receiving Yards   13,089
Touchdowns         101
Stats at NFL.com


Big Money Art Monk in San Francisco in 1990

Monk pulling down a Pass- US Presswire Photo
Monk pulling down a Pass- US Presswire Photo

Art Monk #81

wide receiver Art Monk
wide receiver Art Monk

Art Monk Bio

James Arthur Monk

  • Born: December 5, 1957 in White Plains, New York (Age 54)
  • Height: 6-3 Weight: 210 lbs.
  • College: Syracuse University
  • Drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 1st round (18th overall) of the 1980 NFL Draft.
  • Draft: 1980 Round: 1 / Pick: 18
  • 3X Pro Bowl
  • NFL 1980 All-Decade's Team
  • Hall of Fame Induction 2008
  • Experience: 16 Seasons


Receptions: 888 Receiving Yards: 12,026 Average: 13.5     

Stats at NFL.com

Art Monk One of the Best NY Jets Wide Receivers ever!
Art Monk One of the Best NY Jets Wide Receivers ever!

Hall Of Fame

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2008, finalist in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

#4 - Art Monk

New York Jets

He then played one year for the NY Jets (1994) and then a year for the Philadelphia Eagles (1995).

After failing to sign with a team for the 1996 season, Monk retired from the game in June 1997. The Redskins immediately announced plans to sign him to a ceremonial one-day contract so he could retire as a member of the burgundy and gold.

#4 - Art Monk

The Complete Package

From 1980-1993 Monk wore the number 81. He wore the same number for the Jets in 1984 and then in 1995 he wore #85 for the Philadelphia Eagles. Some called him "Big Money," as this was the perfect nickname for nickname someone like him who possessed the ability to make the clutch reception, along with the fact that he consistently could gain tough yardage over the middle. He played for the Washington Redskin for 14 years (1980-1993) and the team won three Super Bowls (XVII, XXII, and XXVI) and had just three losing seasons. By the end of the 1993, he had posted nine seasons of 50 or more catches and five with at least 1,000 yards but Monk and the Redskins fell into a contract dispute, and he departed acrimoniously.

Some say he was Jerry Rice's predecessor in a "quiet" way, as he was the epitome of quiet self-discipline and dependability. Monk rarely spoke to teammates or reporters. But when he spoke up in team meetings, other Redskins shut up in what coach
Joe Gibbs once described him as an "E.F. Hutton moment."

One could say Monk was the mold maker for the superstars of todays game. Philadelphia Eagles Corner Eric Allen once said,

"He would run and he would jump up and as soon as he would land, he would just take off opposite of where you were. As he was doing this, no one else in the league was really doing that, everybody else was running normal routes. But about three or four years later, guess who started to do that -- Cris Carter."


Art Monk Career Honors

  • Elected to Syracuse University Board of Trustees
  • NFL 1980s All-Decade Team Member
  • 2008 - NFL Hall of Fame Inductee

FINALLY Art Monk Induction to the Hall Of Fame

He was a finalist for induction eight times since becoming eligible in 2001. He was finally inducted in 2008.
He was a finalist for induction eight times since becoming eligible in 2001. He was finally inducted in 2008.

Unitas to Berry

1959- Berry fights for 1st down against the Packers
1959- Berry fights for 1st down against the Packers

Raymond Berry Bio

  • Born: 2/27/33 Corpus Christi, Tx
  • Height: 6'2"
  • College: Southern Methodist
  • NFL Draft:1954/ Round:20 /Pick:232
  • 6X Pro Bowl
  • NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • NFL 1950s All-Decade Team
  • Baltimore Colts #82 retired
Receptions 631 Receiving Yards 9,275 Touchdowns 68
Stats at NFL.com


#5 - Raymond Berry

#82 Baltimore Colts

(1955-1967)

His legend of being a top legendary receiver is built on his determination, dedication and desire. He had, at best, average speed, but he developed, by his own count, 88 moves to get open. He ran patterns within a millimeter of how they were drawn up on the blackboard. He needed special shoes because one leg was shorter than the other and he wore a corset for his bad back. Though his lack of speed kept him from going deep, his big soft hands caught everything within reach and his outstanding leaping ability allowed him to make impossible catches.

Berry was a star in what is known today as “The Greatest Game Ever Played” — the Baltimore Colts’ 23-17 victory over the New York Giants for the NFL championship. This game turned John Unitas into one of America’s best-known sports heroes and it was Berry who caught a championship - record 12 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown.

Unitas to Berry

The NFL's Greatest Pass-Catch Teams Of All Time

This combo was unstoppable. They invented the 2 minute offense. Brought together in 1956. They did what came naturally. Endless hours were spent together

Set record with 63 touchdowns, a mark that stood for 23 seasons.

Unitas to Berry . . Unitas to Berry!

Legendary Football Combo

Unitas to Berry . . Unitas to Berry!
Unitas to Berry . . Unitas to Berry!

Coach Berry

As coach:

  • Dallas Cowboys (OE) (1968-1969)
  • New England Patriots (1984-1989)- in 1985 Berry took the Patriots to their first Super Bowl, and was voted Coach of the Year by the Vince Lombardi Committee.
  • Detroit Lions (QB) (1991-1992)
  • Denver Broncos (QB) (1992)

Football Fans United

On a closing note, I just want to thank my friend Shyne for inspiring me to write this Hub. Not only was it fun but I got to dig into alot of history that otherwise I might not have ran across.

I know you will find Shyne's Hubs informative, on the money and down right hysterically honest. So much so like me I am sure you will get a good laugh. .go ahead check him out. . he is hilariously smart.


Best Passing Combos

Which Duo is the Best Passing Combo?

  • Jerry Rice / Joe Montana
  • Jerry Rice / Steve Young
  • Lynn Swann / Terry Bradshaw
  • Steve Largent / Jim Zorn
  • Art Monk / Joe Theissman
  • Raymond Berry / Johnny Unitas
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Comments 55 comments

lyricsingray 6 years ago

I just love this - learning so much,very different than our CFL. Thanks, Kmberly


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

SO kewl you stopped by Kimberly! American football can be a bit overwhelming for us of the female gender .. I think it has to do with never playing the game. . but all the same I am always learning or at least trying to! There is just something special about it all that I can never get enough of! Thanks so much for stopping by;)


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ShyneIV 6 years ago from Montreal

Wow. Last night,I was watching NFL Network and they were making a top 10 of the players with the best hands in the history of the NFL. THe players you listed above all made the list. Your research (in my mind) was flawless and the quotes you got were dead on. I seriously think you should be writing more about football; I'd tune in to read for sure. It was an amazing read if you ask me. By the way, thanks for the shoutouts and love you gave me,very and flattering of you. It's like you're advertising me LOL (can't complain). Once again, great read. Keep'em coming!!!!!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

I am beyone flattered by your words. Im really glad you suggested this one for me. As I started it I realized how much I didnt know about WR and almost switched to do one on running backs. . typical for a Giant fan I guess. . but I am glad I didnt and stayed with this. . it was fun researching it! Next up for sure is best active WR . .I think it will put this one in even more perspective for me!


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ShyneIV 6 years ago from Montreal

Wanna take a shot at doing the NFL Rankings this week?


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Sure!!!! but I need a at least the night to recover from the Giants no show today.


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ShyneIV 6 years ago from Montreal

Cooooooool. You gonna do it alone are we have a committee of two doing it?


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

c o m m i tt ee!


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ShyneIV 6 years ago from Montreal

lol lol. How do we do it? By email? Twitter? Help a brotha out lol


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

ha! I gather the facts that you send me to run for . .and then you put the spin on it. . no one spins better than you. SO now tell me where to start .. I think email is best way. Tweets too short and i have no idea of what iam doing there. I tweet you and Drew in hopes that i am doing it right. . ha ha . .so i think email is best . .your thoughts?

I emailed my email to ur direct twit


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ShyneIV 6 years ago from Montreal

Email sent


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Hey, Wavegirl22. Gloomy day today in Giants Nation. Our secondary thoroughly got exposed. I wish I could've clicked my heels to bring Kenny Phillips and Aaron Ross out onto the field. Troy Aikman today pointed out that, "The Giants' Zone scheme doesn't work against a Sean Payton offense." Maybe Mike Sheridan should've looked at what the Ravens did to us in Super Bowl XXXIV to figure out Sean Payton's offensive schemes. Reality check Sunday. I'm not fretting about it by the way. We're only one-third of the way through the season :D

You really shined on this one, Wavegirl22. Between you, Shyne (who I fanned and knew before reading this hub) and Drew Breezy, we got a good thing going. If I could, I'd like to add my friend TampaBayBuc as well (great guy).

http://hubpages.com/@tampabaybucs

I absolutely loved this hub! You scored a touchdown with this one (chuckles). Thanks for the congrats on the forum today :D You rock!


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Cheeky Chick 6 years ago

Even a girl who knows zero about football can enjoy this hub! Wavegirl, you rock! The stories, quotes, pics, videos and stats...all incredible. You put a lot of hard work into this one and you deserve many kudos.

I have to say, I love Jerry Rice and I really enjoyed the video footage put to the song, "Simply the Best". He is a class act. Don't tell anyone, but I became a fan of his while he was on Dancing With the Stars. I know, I'm such a GIRL!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

dohn -First of all I couldnt wait till you got here .. for I knew it was a sure bet you would check this one out!!! SO thanks for proving me right;)

As for the Giants they were humbled yesterday, which sometimes is not a bad thing, though I hate to see a loss in our column or see our standing drop . .Fitz and Warner better get ready for the GMen for they will be back next week!

So glad you enjoyed this Hub, I really had a blast doing it. Look out for a collaboration from me and Shyne:) I think he found me a real niche that I love! Though I still gotta stick to my waves;)just didnt realize I had a new body of water to tap into:)

And I do love this group we got going here. . TampaBayBucs is now on my is now on my radar . I sure hope he comes to see this. . for sure I am going to go check him out!

On a last note. . at 4:13 pm in Anaheim I am set to see the Yanks go up 3!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Cheeky Chick- I am reallllly glad you stopped by . .and yes I too am a girl so this one took a little extra out of me. But I have to say I loved every minute of it. And THANK YOU for reminding me of "dancing with the stars". . it is one of my favorites and as I was writing this I kept telling myself not to forget to put the fact that Jerry Rice made it to the finals ..I was rooting for him and I really wanted to add something about it. . especially cause Lynne Swann followed him on this. there must be a good quote out there from Swann on Rice dancing!! For sure I will have to make that addition .. and Ill let you know when I do!!!!

You really made my day CC :)


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Cheeky Chick 6 years ago

Michael Irvin is on this season of Dancing With the Stars. He really wants to make it to the finals like Jerry Rice did, but the judges are brutal! He keeps a picture of Jerry Rice in his dressing room, as a motivator. Anyway, Michael is a quality guy as well. I'll never forget the way he comforted Aaron Carter during a tearful moment backstage. I was expecting him to say, "Man up, ya pussy!" Instead, he hugged Aaron and said, "It's alright, Man, you're a competitor." Michael Irvin is ALRIGHT in my book!

Sorry for smearing your football hub's comment section with Estrogen!


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R.Edwards 6 years ago

*sigh* it almost hurts to see a hub this good. I see you did your researc, but where's Michael Irvin? Chris Carter maybe? Great hub either way!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

CC you can smear away any time you want around here!!! Im not loving this season of Dancing all that much . . Donny Osmond just annoys me! But I do watchh. . as long as it doesnt interfere too much with my football. Irwin almost made this list so I am glad that you at least brought it up!

Bring on the estrogen!!!!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

so the pain you endured R.Edwards was worth it>> Im glad you stopped by no matter what... always a great thing to have a new friend!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

so the pain you endured R.Edwards was worth it>> Im glad you stopped by no matter what... always a great thing to have a new friend!


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T_Augustus 6 years ago from Detroit, MI

I love the list! I can't disagree with it all. This is probably the most accurate list I've seen.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

aww thanks T_Augustus! I just came back from your Hubs and I am now a fan of yours. . anyone that cant disagree with me is ok ;) in my book! Thanks for your words.


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

I like your list. Never realized that Raymond Berry only had one fumble in his career. That's outrageous. I do tend to agree that Carter should be in there, though.

If you went with pure talent, I think you'd have to put Randy Moss and TO in the top five, if not no. 1 and 2. Problem is they never capitalized on that talent and in reality they are in the top 20 range. If either one of them had had even half the work ethic of Jerry Rice, they would have had to rewrite the rules to give the defense a chance against them.

BTW I'm sure it wasn't meant to come out the way it did, but Jerry Rice had very little to with the Raiders going from 11-5 to 4-12.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Cris Carter didnt make the cut on this one. How about we revisit that thought when he is inducted into the or at least is nominated ;)

My next football Hub is in the works and it is all about active WR playing today . .for sure you will see Moss on that list but as good as TO has been (hmmm is that a freudian slip) his lack of good sportsmanship knocks him off in my humble opinion.

Which brings me to the work ethic of Mr. All Amazing ever Jerry Rice. That is a pretty big statement you made in saying that Rice had "very little" to do with the Raiders going from 11-5 to 4-12. Care to debate this one or at least back up your statement?

Thanks for coming by here. . its guys like you that girls like me can learn a thing or 2 from (at least when it comes to football;)


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

Jerry Rice caught 63 passes for 863 yards in 2003, so I'd certainly like to hear why you think he was to blame for the Raiders only winning 4 games that year. It might not have been his best year, but it wasn't a bad year nor even close to something that would drag an entire team down. In fact, he was the no. 1 receiver for the Raiders that year.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Blame? It wasnt his best year .. duh .. maybe better if you said it was his last year. . maybe look at his stats when he got to the Raiders and it may bring some light to my reference. . and if you think of what a leader he was to so many young players you may understand a bit further. . bottom line is Rice is one of the greatest players ever. . in all aspects of play.


ralwus 6 years ago

Very good, you seem to know your stuff girl. Love yer new picture you cute thing you. ~wink~


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

why thank you kindly. . .on both counts . .you really know how to start a girls day out ;) Football is just one if those things, , kinda like how much i love being a fan of yours and visa versa :)


ralwus 6 years ago

Wow! I got yer attention. and here I was thinking you dint like me. How's life in your world cutie? Not that it's any of my buiniz, just curious. You look hot in pink.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

awww ral what would make you think that??? You always got/get my attention .. though at times my attention is like the shortest span between 2 thought ha! My world is good just getting a bit too cold for me .. hate NY winters. . only good thing about it. ..is the NYGiants:) And I thank you for that pink compliment .. it just happens to be my favorite girlie girl color! Love when you stop by Rawl . .xoxoxox


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

"maybe look at his stats when he got to the Raiders and it may bring some light to my reference"

No, it supports exactly what I said. That the Raiders were worse in 2004 in spite of how good Jerry Rice played, not because of it. Saying that he turned the Raiders from an 11-5 team into a 4-12 team implies that he was responsible for them getting worse. Which is why I said I'm sure you didn't intend it that way. Why you are arguing that Jerry Rice being good and acting as a leader made the Raiders worse is beyond me.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

I think you misunderstood me as I did you. . Truce? How about if we just agree Rice was a great WR and belongs on this list. And I may just have to re word a little :) And I always welcome comments and criticism . . .compared to you I know I know very little.


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funnebone 6 years ago from Philadelphia Pa

The Montana Rice combination was just sick. Great job on this!


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

You're doing fine. I'm not all that.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

@funnebone . . thanks and again thanks for the giggle. . all I have to do is see your avatar and I smile. Yes the Montana Rice combo was sick .. even sicker is that after such a combo Rice found in Young another amazing connection . how many times has that happened? And I dont mean just in football!

@EYEM4ANARCHY. . you warm my heart. . .and yes you are all that and I have a feeling maybe even a little more;)


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MissJamieD 6 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

This is awesome! I frickin' love football! It's the only sport I will watch and watch with energy and excitement! Good job hon:)


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

you know MissJamie I swear I could feel that energy of yours all the way over here in this box! Thanks for the thumbs up on this one . . it adds to all the fun I had doing it !!!


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acanderson24 6 years ago

Normally, I will try to argue for one of my favorite receivers, but this hub is too dang good....lol....It is hard to argue the guys you have picked...good job!! can't wait to read more...you have a new fan in me!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Hey acanderson24 . .thanks for the thumbs up on this one. I must admit there were a few more that I was struggling with and in hindsight I should have given honorable mentions to. Which I probably will go back and do . . but I am so happy ,blushing> that you liked it.


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drej2522 6 years ago from Augusta, GA

I like your list, but...(there's always a but) I think I would have replaced Steve Largent with Cris Carter. The man that Buddy Ryan said, "Only scores touchdowns."

Great list, great hub!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Thanks for stopping by drej2522, and thanks for the welcomed comments. You know Cris Carter might just have to be added for everyone from my brother to my cousin (these guys are the ones that turned me into a Football freak in the first place) always have Cris on their list. .. I think Michael Irvin might deserve a place here as well. Ill let you know when I do that well needed revision:)


Firstclass 6 years ago

Top 5 NFL Receivers

Micheal Irving

Randy Moss

Chris Carter

Tim Brown

Jerry Rice


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Firstclass. thanks for your list. . but my list is for Legends . .and all of them are in the Hall of Fame. Randy Moss may be a contender but as my list stands now he isnt on it. Cris Carter .. I did vote for him in this years ballot but he didnt make it ;( Michael Irvin. . you may be right on that one and I may have to update this list to add the "Playmaker" ! . .as for Tim Brown aka Mr Raider . well he isnt in the HOF but I just realized that he is born on the same day as I am. . I may just add him for that little tidbit:)


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

Hey Wavegirl, Great Hub! Awesome presentation. Do realize that you will have to update it, once someone becomes a TOP 5 receiver. :) :P Otherwise, I loved it. :) Keep up the good work.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

I watched the HOF this year to see exactly that but Cris Carter didnt get in so I figured I had another year to do exactly that! Though I may have missed having one of your Cowboys on this list and have thought I may have to add him. . none other than the "playmaker" himself. . Michael Irvin! What do you think??? Ha I already know that answer! Thanks for the visit .always wonderful to see you!


M. Newman 6 years ago

For me and some people LYNN SWANN is overrated, he play with such as amazing talent from offense, defense even the bench, he only in pro bowl three time and all first team once, and swann statistics in receiving category are not so special, i dont know he was selected in HOF !!! do you give me some explanation ?


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drej2522 6 years ago from Augusta, GA

Newman, I'll tell you why Lynn Swann's numbers are down!...one name...Terry Bradshaw. Talk about over-rated, the guy was average at best. He had a great supporting cast with Hall of Fame running backs and receivers...not to mention he had, quite possibly, the best defense ever assembled to back him up.

This is why Swann deserves to be on the list...because he was great despite having Bradshaw at helm...that's my take on it!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

drej2522- your commentary on the NFL is always one I look forward to. Running backs are my favorites when it comes to the game!


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Ripken 5 years ago

Nice looking hub, but your failure to include the player generally considered to be the greatest receiver ever before the arrival of Rice is inexcusable. Don Hutson not in the top FIVE? Might want to at least consider players who played before you were born.


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wavegirl22 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

Ripken - 99 career touchdown receptions, a record that stood for more than four decades. Hutson played for 11 seasons, and he played in the days when these guys played the entire 60 minutes. he held 18 NFL records, including 488 career receptions. I have read that Don Hutson invented modern pass receiving. pretty impressive. He created Z-outs and buttonhooks to name a couple. So yes he was part of the move to the airgame I guess. But since most of his career was spent as a safety I think I will let this Top 5 Wide Receiver Legends stay as is. It is in all fairness to these modern offensive wide receivers,

But please do stay tuned as I will definitely make sure Don Hutson is tops on my Legendary NFL Safeties.

It would be nice if his Packers got over on Farve tonight!


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SportsInfo247 5 years ago from Arizona

Glad to see Steve Largent on this list. I believe most people forget about him when making a list of top receivers, but living in the Northwest at the time, I got to see plenty of him, and he was one of the best ever.


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wavegirl22 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

Largent Had the hands without the antics!! I agree with you he was one of the best wide receivers ever to have graced the game of football!


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TheSportsSatirist 5 years ago from USA

Jerry Rice was the GOAT. He was brilliant during a time where defenses were so assertive.


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AlabamaGirl86 5 years ago

Great list, fun to read.


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wavegirl22 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

AlabamaGirl86 - Im glad you enjoyed my list of wide receivers. Hines Ward may make this list someday soon but right now Im wondering if the Hines Ward will win Dancing with the Stars..Jerry Rice the great WR of all time sure came close when he danced a few years ago!

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