Best Wide Receivers In The NFL 2011

NFL Top Best Wide Receivers
NFL Top Best Wide Receivers

NFL Best WR

Sports talk is always fun, you would have to agree that much of the discussion on where to rank the NFL's wide receivers which happen to be the loudest position on the football field pretty much goes on what you define as a great receiver. Is it the wide receiver who makes the most yards? Is a great receiver defined by how many touchdowns he takes it into the house?

Some may not agree but I think that being a great wide receiver is not about making highlights and running your mouth. It's not about your profile, your talk show or your Twitter feed. Being a great wide receiver is about turning targets into receptions and receptions into value. Few do it better than Greg Jennings.

The Fastest Wide Receivers in the NFL

Sports Talk

Choosing the fastest wide receivers in the NFL, not an easy task as there are so many variables that can make a player reach the top of his position, but anyway you cut it, these wide receivers are tops in my book.

Wide Receivers Catch the Ball

The aerial game has never been more in vogue for it entertains and wins games at the same time. Yes in the NFL the passing game is a phenomenon. in 2009 ,an NFL record 10 quarterbacks threw for 4,000 or more yards, three more than the previous high mark in 2007. At least 500 passes were attempted by these quarterbacks marking another new standard.

NFL today

As NFL offenses move more and more towards a pass-first mentality, the wide receiver position has never been more important. The rules changes that have been implemented in recent years make it easier than ever for receivers to have success out there on the football field. There are plenty of guys who put up numbers, but who are the very best?

Here is my list of the top  Wide Receivers in the NFL today. This group is in no particular order but I have broken this list down to who I think are the best high-flying show-stoppers and lethal deep threats in 2011.

January 2012 Update

Its that time of the year that I need to update this top 10 list of the best wide receivers in the game of football. Playoff time in the NFL means that it's a one game season and if there is any wide receiver I would want in my arsenal it has to be none other than the salsa dancing Victor Cruz. Not only is this young football player making a name for himself in the gridiron but this past week (January 11th, 2012), Cruz became a dad to a baby girl they named Kennedy.

February 2011 Update

Thanks to my friend zatchj62 for making me pay attention to Greg Jennings. All season he taunted me to add Jennings to this list and I promised him if I saw good cause to do so I would add him. Being a great wide receiver is about turning targets into receptions and receptions into value. Few do it better than Greg Jennings. He has the stat line of a superstar, yet few talk about, so thank you Zatch for talking him up until I finally have him here on the list of the Best Wide Receivers in the NFL.

September 6, 2011 Update

With the NFL season opener right around the corner I needed to take a second look and see where everyone is. There are not many that doubt the career that Randy has had the Randy Moss is on this list and his career in 2011 now where to be seen this year. No one doubts the amazing career he had since the NFL Draft: in 1998 when he was drafted in Round: 1 / Pick: 21. The season is about to begin and I feel as if his spot on this list needs to be updated. Keep reading to see who is taking Moss's spot on this Best Wide Reviver list .

The Salsa Cruz

#80 New York Giants Victor Cruz
#80 New York Giants Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz

No. 80 New York Giants

I have often heard it said this season that Cruz has the talent to make Giants fans forget Steve Smith. Victor Cruz went undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft but at a bang for every buck he was signed by the New York Giants. Some people (especially Giants fans) felt that this Giants wide was snubbed when he was named a second alternate to the Pro Bowl. Feeling he was wronged, there is no doubt he exceeded any and all expectations this season. He ranks third in the N.F.L. in receiving yards (1,358), and he set the Giants’ franchise record in that category on Saturday.

Greg "Home Run" Jennings

Greg Jennings - Green Bay Packers 2011 Super Bowl Champions
Greg Jennings - Green Bay Packers 2011 Super Bowl Champions
Greg Jennings #85 Green Bay Packers -NFL  Best Wide Receiver 2011
Greg Jennings #85 Green Bay Packers -NFL Best Wide Receiver 2011
FEBRUARY 06: Greg Jennings(notes) #85 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates scoring a fourth quarter touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Im
FEBRUARY 06: Greg Jennings(notes) #85 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates scoring a fourth quarter touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Im
CHICAGO, IL - Jan 23, 2011 Aaron Rodgers with Greg Jennings of the Green Bay Packers celebrate the 21-14 victory against the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship Game
CHICAGO, IL - Jan 23, 2011 Aaron Rodgers with Greg Jennings of the Green Bay Packers celebrate the 21-14 victory against the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship Game

Career NFL statistics as Week 6, 2011

Receptions - 364
Receiving yards - 5,889
Receiving TD's - 45
Stats at NFL.com

Greg Jennings celebrates with Scott Wells & James Starks after catching a 21 yard touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by
Greg Jennings celebrates with Scott Wells & James Starks after catching a 21 yard touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by

Greg Jennings

#85 Wide Receiver

Green Bay Packers

Nicknamed ‘Superman’ in high school because of his personality on the field. Yet he is the personification of the unheralded star as he really does not produce a wealth of highlights. He doesn't whine and complain when he isn't targeted. Jennings is targeted, because he runs the proper route, gets separation and catches everything. This wide receiver isn't sensationally fast, yet consistently one of the fastest players on the field. He isn't impressively tall, but though only 5'11", Jennings has the frame and muscle mass to dominate smaller corners. But his supreme agility and body control make Jennings one of the consistently best run after catch receivers in the NFL.

Jennings was among the league leaders in receiving touchdowns this season and so the NFL teams have been paying a lot of attention to him in the red zone. As a result, he has failed to score a touchdown on the last five games before Super Bowl XLV. At one point in the 2010 season, he caught five or more balls in seven straight contests. Neither the Falcons nor the Bears could keep Jennings from catching the football. In the Super Bowl, the Steelers couldn't either. Jennings finished with four receptions for 64 yards and two scores. But more importantly, he became Rodgers' go-to receiver after Donald Driver had to leave the game with an injury. And his experience proved valuable, especially on his first TD, which put the Packers up 21-3 in the second quarter.

Greg Jennings Football Career Highlights

  • Jennings is one of just five receivers in team history to post back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.
  • Has caught a pass in 58 of 59 games played for the Packers (61 of 62 including playoffs).
  • He caught Brett Favre’s 400th, 420th, and 421st TD passes in 2006-07.
  • Led the nation in receptions per game (8.91) in his 2005 senior season at Western Michigan.
  • Became the first Mid-American Conference player to earn league MVP and offensive player of the year recognition in the same season since Randy Moss of Marshall did so in 1997.
  • Attended the same high school (Kalamazoo Central) as N.Y. Yankees superstar Derek Jeter; joins Jeter and RB T.J. Duckett as three of the top athletes ever to come out of Kalamazoo, Mich.

Greg Jennings Profile

Date of birth: September 21, 1983
Place of birth
: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Height:
5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:
198 lb (90 kg)

College: Western Michigan
NFL Draft
: 2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52
Debuted in 2006 for the Green Bay Packers

Career highlights and awards

SuperMan

Green Bay Packers' Greg Jennings celebrates his touchdown during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLV football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Green Bay Packers' Greg Jennings celebrates his touchdown during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLV football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Larry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals #11

Larry Fitzgerald
Larry Fitzgerald

Arizona Cardinals #11

Larry Fitzgerald
Larry Fitzgerald

1- Larry Fitzgerald

Arizona Cardinals

Larry Fitzgerald has been, for some time now, a very, very good player. After scoring the most touchdowns in his career last season (13), Fitzgerald mounted 97 receptions for 1,092 yards. But it was his dominant performance in the playoffs two years ago, combined with his remarkable consistency since entering the league has allowed him to steadily ascended to his throne as the king of receivers in the NFL. The top wide receiver is, for all intents and purposes, unstoppable. He can leap and has excellent body control and with his reliable hands it is no wonder that win most of his battles when the ball is in the air.

Arizona #11 Wide Receiver

Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald makes a catch during an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald makes a catch during an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Larry Fitzgerald Bio

Date of birth: August 31, 1983
Place of birth
: Minneapolis, Mn
Height:
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:
217 lb (98 kg
College: Pittsburgh
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Debuted in 2004 for the Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
(2004–present)

Career highlights and awards

  • First-team All-America (2003)
  • Fred Biletnikoff Award (2003)
  • Paul Warfield Trophy (2003)
  • Walter Camp Award (2003)
  • 4× Pro Bowl selection (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009)
  • 2× First-team All-Pro selection (2008, 2009)
  • Pro Bowl MVP (2009)
  • Ranked 14 on NFL Network's on NFL Top 100 Players of 2011

Career NFL statistics

Larry Fitzgerald

As of Week 6, 2011

Receptions 647
Receiving Yards 8807
Receiving TDs 67
Stats at NFL.com

Reggie Wayne
Reggie Wayne

Reggie Wayne Indianapolis Colts No 87

Colts Wide Receiver #87

Reggie Wayne
Reggie Wayne

2- Reggie Wayne

Indianapolis Colts

Hard to imagine that the Indianapolis Colts could have win so many games over that last decade without having a wider receiver like Reggie Wayne on their roster. Not the biggest football player nor is Wayne the fastest, but he is remarkably consistent. This wide receiver has tremendous hands, and excels at route running. Reggie Wayne has all the abilities you look for in a top flight receiver. Pretty impressive that Wayne has 16 starts for seven consecutive years, a wide receiver that week in and week out during the NFL season this guy performs with machine-like efficiency. He displays tremendous football intelligence and shares an uncanny on-field connection with QB Peyton Manning. In many ways, Reggie Wayne is the catalysis for what the Colts do offensively, and his presence on the field always opens things up for his teammates.

Reggie Wayne & Peyton Manning

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne #87 celebrates after his touchdown catch with tight end Dallas Clark #44 during the game against the New York Giants at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010. The Colts defeated
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne #87 celebrates after his touchdown catch with tight end Dallas Clark #44 during the game against the New York Giants at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010. The Colts defeated

Reggie Wayne Stats

As of Week 6, 2011

Receptions 822
Receiving yards 11,235
Receiving average 13.7
Receiving TDs 70

Stats at NFL.com

Reggie Wayne Bio

Date of birth: November 17, 1978 (1978-11-17) (age 31)
Place of birth
: New Orleans, Louisiana
Height:
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 198 lb (90 kg)
College: University of Miami
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 30
Debuted in 2001 for the Indianapolis Colts

Career Highlights and Awards

  • 4× Pro Bowl selection (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
  • 2× All-Pro selection (2007, 2009)
  • Super Bowl champion (XLI)

3- Atlanta Falcons Wide Receiver No 84

Roddy White
Roddy White

Falcons Wide Receiver #84

Roddy White plays the position of wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL and wears #84
Roddy White plays the position of wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL and wears #84

Highlights And Awards

  • 3× Pro Bowl selection (2008, 2009, 2010)
  • 1× All-Pro selection (2010)
  • NFL Alumni Wide Receiver of the Year (2010)[1]
  • Ranked 24 on NFL Network's NFL Top 100 players of 2011
  • NFC Offensive Player of the Month (October 2010)[2]
  • Falcons' Single Season Record - Receiving yards (1,389 in 2010)
  • Falcons' Post Season

Led the NFL in catches (115 in 2011)


Roddy White
Roddy White

Roddy White Stats

As of Week 6, 2011

Receptions 469
Receiving yards 6503
Receiving TDs 40

Stats at NFL.com

Roddy White

Atlanta Falcons

Roddy White became the first Atlanta Falcon Wide Receiver since 1999 to reach 1,000 single season receiving yards on December 23, 2007. Also in 2007 White finished tied for 8th among all NFL wide receivers in receiving yards in 2007 with 1,202 yards. He had 6 receiving touchdowns.

He finished the 2009 season with 85 receptions 1,153 yards and a career high 11 touchdowns. He became only the second Falcon player to record three straight 1,000 yard seasons. On January 26, 2010, Roddy White was selected to his 2nd Consecutive Pro Bowl.

Roddy White led the 2010 Pro Bowl in catches with 8 for 84 yards.

White gets off jams, he catches balls in the middle of the field and absorbs a pounding from safeties and linebackers. In 2010 he has become Matt Ryan's most reliable option (tight end Tony Gonzalez was second on the team with 70 catches; the next wideout after White was Michael Jenkins with 41 catches). White caught 115 balls in the regular season, most in the NFL and 27 more than he had caught in any of his previous five years in the league.

Roddy White Bio

Birth Date November 2,1981
Birth Place James Island, SC
Height
6-0
Weight
212 lbs.
Age
28
Position WR
Experience
6 years
College
UAB Alabama-Birmingham
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Debuted in 2005 for the Atlanta Falcons


Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) is chased by Carolina Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (41) during an NFL football game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) is chased by Carolina Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (41) during an NFL football game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver #81 Anquan Boldin
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver #81 Anquan Boldin

Baltimore Ravens' Anquan Boldin (81)

Baltimore Ravens' Anquan Boldin (81) catches a pass as New York Jets' Kyle Wilson (20) looks on during the third quarter of an NFL football game at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Monday, Sept. 13, 2010. The Ravens won 10-9. (AP Pho
Baltimore Ravens' Anquan Boldin (81) catches a pass as New York Jets' Kyle Wilson (20) looks on during the third quarter of an NFL football game at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Monday, Sept. 13, 2010. The Ravens won 10-9. (AP Pho

Anquan Boldin Bio

Date of birth: October 3, 1980 (1980-10-03)
Place of birth
: Pahokee, Florida
Height:
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)Weight: 217 lb (98 kg)
College
: Florida State
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 54
NFL Debut
in 2003 for the Arizona Cardinals

Career history

Arizona Cardinals (2003–2009)
Baltimore Ravens (2010–present)

Boldin Career NFL statistics

As Of Week 6, 2011
Receptions: 650
Receiving Yards: 8357
Receiving TDs
51
Stats at NFL.com

Anquan Boldin

Baltimore Ravens

When the Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsom acquired wide receiver Anquan Boldin from the Arizona Cardinals for the 2010 NFL season he was finally smiling about a mistake he made. Back in 2003 Newsom was scared off from drafting this top 5 wide receiver and as he said after the Boldin aquistion
"There is not too many times you get a chanveto recover from a mistake. I got blinded a little bit and didn't approeciate the football player as much as I should have. It took me seven years, but I finally got it right.

For in Anquan Boldin the Ravens have rejuvenated a very dormant passing game with toughness, imposing size and a top wide receiver to run after the catch. Joe Flacco the QB for the Ravens can should open up the passing game for this AFC North contender for the Super Bowl ring.

Boldin broke out of a recent slump to catch five passes for 64 yards and a touchdown in the Baltimore Ravens' 30-7 wild card win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday January 9 2011. Boldin, in his first season with Baltimore after seven seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, provided an additional target for Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. His four-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter helped seal the victory for the Ravens. Next up in the Ravens run for the Lombardy trophy is the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Boldin In the 2011 Divisional Round Playoff

Anquan Boldin caught just one pass for -2 yards in the Baltimore Ravens' Divisional Round playoff loss to Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Steelers did not use top CB Ike Taylor to shadow Boldin, instead leaving him at right corner and allowing Boldin to operate against William Gay, among others, over the middle of the field. Boldin did not take advantage, failing to create separation and dropping a would-be touchdown that could've given the Ravens a fourth-quarter lead. Boldin wraps up his first season in Baltimore averaging 33.7 yards per game in the final nine weeks. He's clearly no more than a possession receiver at this point in his career.

Santonio Holems New York Jets Wide Receiver
Santonio Holems New York Jets Wide Receiver
Its Tone time in NY - Santonio Holmes #10
Its Tone time in NY - Santonio Holmes #10

Career NFL statistics

  • Receptions 307
  • Receiving Yards 4,868
  • Receiving Touchdowns 29

Stats as of Week 6, 2011
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Santonio Holmes

New York Jets #10

As we say here in New York- Its Ton Time. Santonio Holmes Jr. (born March 3, 1984) is the Jets go to wide receiver for the New York Jets. Drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft after playing college football at Ohio State. In 2009, Holmes was named MVP of Super Bowl XLIII. And in 2012 he along with Mark Sanchez, Plaxico Buress and Rex Ryan he will be one of the top performers bringing Lombardy home.

Height: 5-11 Weight: 192 Age: 27

Born: 3/3/1984 Belle Glade , FL

College: Ohio State

Experience: 6th season

  • Pittsburgh Steelers (2006–2009)
  • New York Jets (2010–present)

High School: Glades Central HS

  • Super Bowl Champion (XLIII)
  • Super Bowl XLIII MVP
  • Led NFL with 18.1 yards per reception in 2007
  • Ranked 76th in NFL Network's The NFL Top 100 Players of 2011

Andre 3000 Johnson

Houston Texan Wide Receiver Andre Johnson
Houston Texan Wide Receiver Andre Johnson
andre johnson
andre johnson

Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2011

  • Receptions 698
  • Receiving Yards 9516
  • Receiving TDs 52

Stats at NFL.com

Wide Receiver Honorable Mentions

Andre Johnson
Houston Texans

is a wide receiver for the Houston Texans, who made the University of Miami product the third overall selection in the 2003 NFL Draft. Johnson has been selected to the Pro Bowl four times, and also led the league twice in receiving yards in 2008 and 2009. Johnson led the league again in 2009 with 1,569 yards receiving, becoming just the second receiver -- along with Jerry Rice -- to lead the league in that category in back-to-back seasons. He also recorded nine touchdowns, a new career high.

  • Andre Johnson
  • # 80 WR - Wide Receiver
    • Height: 6' 3"
    • Weight: 223 lbs

Breakaway Brandon

#19 Miami Dolphins Wide Receiver talks game plan with his QB Chad Henne 2010
#19 Miami Dolphins Wide Receiver talks game plan with his QB Chad Henne 2010

Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2011

  • Receptions- 441
  • Receiving Yards - 5,455
  • Receiving TDs - 29

brandon marshall jersey

Reebok Miami Dolphins Brandon Marshall Women's Replica Jersey
Reebok Miami Dolphins Brandon Marshall Women's Replica Jersey

Womens Miami Dophins Jersey - Brandon Marshall #19

 

Brandon Marshall

No. 19 Miami Dolphins
Wide receiver

Marshall at 26 years old carries the nickname "The Beast,"

A top wide receiver, #19 in 2010 is suiting up for the Miami Dolphins. He was picked up by the Denver Broncos out of the University of Central Florida, with the 119th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft and on April 14, 2010 Denver traded him to the Dolphins.

Brandon Marshall has many milestones and records and one of them is that he is the only player in NFL history to have at least 10 receptions in four out of five games. Add to that he has had the most catches in an NFL game (21).

Career information

  • College football - Central Florida
  • NFL Draft 2006 / Round: 4 / Pick: 119
  • Debuted in 2006 for the Denver Broncos

Career History

  • Denver Broncos (2006–2009)
  • Miami Dolphins (2010–present)

Chad Ochocinco Wide Receiver #85
Chad Ochocinco Wide Receiver #85

Chad Ochocinco

"Why am i training to slow music? Could this be the reason im so smooth while playing any sport? Unbelievably coordinated in all i do hmmmm"

quoted from OGOchoCinco

  • Legally changed his name from C. Johnson to Chad Ocho Cinco to match his nickname and the numbers on his jersey.
  • While appearing on Pardon the Interruption proclaimed that he could beat Michael Phelps (the 8 time gold medal, record setting Olympic champion) in swim race.
  • Known for his crazy celebrations, ex- holding up the Hall of Fame jacket reading, “class 20??”
  • Compiled “The List” of all the Defensive backs who covered him in the ’05 season – ranking them from best to worst.

Retired

randy moss - "After weighing his options and contemplating offers, he's decided to retire," Moss' agent, Joel Segal, said Monday August 1, 2011
randy moss - "After weighing his options and contemplating offers, he's decided to retire," Moss' agent, Joel Segal, said Monday August 1, 2011

Retired

After 13 seasons in the NFL and one tumultuous season in Tennessee, wide receiver Randy Moss has decided to retire and call it a career.
After 13 seasons in the NFL and one tumultuous season in Tennessee, wide receiver Randy Moss has decided to retire and call it a career.
Randy Moss wider receiver New England Patriots
Randy Moss wider receiver New England Patriots
Randy Moss as a Patriot - 2010 he suited up as a Minnesota Viking and now a Tennessee Titan
Randy Moss as a Patriot - 2010 he suited up as a Minnesota Viking and now a Tennessee Titan

Moss Retires

Moss played 13 seasons total with Minnesota, Oakland, New England, and Tennessee. He finishes his career with what are surely future Hall of Fame numbers:

  • 202 games played
  • 954 receptions
  • 14,858 yards receiving
  • 153 touchdown receptions



Pats vs The JETS

If only the game could have ended right there, with Randy Moss's daring one-handed escape from Revis Island. GO JETS
If only the game could have ended right there, with Randy Moss's daring one-handed escape from Revis Island. GO JETS

Randy Moss

Tennessee Titans

Randy Moss is getting older and after 13 seasons this wide receiver to retire has come. Moss always had the ability to break away from young corners always making him a target for his quarterback.

Randy Moss played in Minnesota for his first seven years before being traded to the Oakland Raiders in 2005. For a fourth round draft pick the Raiders On April 29, 2007 traded Moss to the New England Patriots for a fourth-round draft pick.


As player:

  • Minnesota Vikings (1998–2004)
  • Oakland Raiders (2005–2006)
  • New England Patriots (2007–2010)
  • Minnesota Vikings (2010)
  • Tennessee Titans (2010–present)

Moss holds the NFL single season touchdown reception record (23, set in 2007), and the NFL single-season touchdown reception record for a rookie (17, in 1998)

Moss finished the 2010 season setting career lows in receptions (28) and receiving yards (393).

No. 81 Tennessee Titans

Randy Moss Wide receiver

Date of birth: February 13, 1977
Place of birth
: Rand, West Virginia
Height:
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information College: Marshall
NFL Draft
: 1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21
Debuted in 1998 for the Minnesota Vikings

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LakeShow T 6 years ago

Nicely done Shari! Great layout and information. My top 10 would go like this:

1. Andre Johnson

2. Larry Fitzgerald

3. Randy Moss

4. Reggie Wayne

5. Brandon Marshall

6. Calvin Johnson

7. Miles Austin

8. DeSean Jackson

9. Roddy White

10. Wes Welker/Ochocinco


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

As always your take on the NFL means alot to me. Your top ten is right on the money! Though we may have them on different order!


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LakeShow T 6 years ago

I forgot to mention that those banners with the players on are outstanding and that may be an understatement! Very professional looking. Great job with those. I'm jealous.

Also, while I'm here I might as well give a shout out to Vikings WR Sidney Rice as well. Viking fans are quickly finding out how amazing and valuable he was last season because Favre has been forcing the action without him in the lineup. Vikes were one of the best passing teams last season and are now the 3rd worst this season through 2 games. That has everything to do with the absence of Rice.


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trafford 6 years ago from San Diego

Simply Awesome Hub, am just being crazy! read the whole hub....really done a great job and well researched.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

@LakeShowT - Im with you and so I hope Sidney hears our shouts ..!

@trafford - thanks, Football is a passion of mine, so the research is fun :)


lsfloro 6 years ago

Good choice of receivers. Adding Andre Johnson as an honorable mention was a good touch. Thanks for the great hub. -- Larry


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Larry- Andre Hohnson obviously belongs with these great Wide receivers. .maybe I should have made a top ten list of the best active recievers!!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

I don't know them as well as you and Lake Show, but they look like the right choices to me. I liked this hub. Rated up!


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zatchj62 6 years ago from Michigan

I don't see how you can put Andre Johnson #6!!! 2 straight 1,500 yard seasons is too good to not put him at #1 or #2.

Top 10 (based on skill alone. If it was on stats Larry Fitz would take a huge drop this year):

1.Andre Johnson

2.Larry Fitzgerald

3.Randy Moss

4.Calvin Johnson

5.Reggie Wayne

6.Brandon Marshall

7.Desean Jackson

8.Roddy White

9.Miles Austin

10.Greg Jennings

Top 5 possession/short yardage/tough receivers:

1.Brandon Marshall

2.Wes Welker

3.Anquan Boldin (he is a deep threat but has always been more of a possession guy)

4.T-Donald Driver

T-Hines Ward

*How are these two still playing?!?!?!?!


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

Good job Shari! It's tough to pick the top five, there's soo many good WR's out there. I'm glad you did the honorable mentions. As always, beautiful Hub! When it comes to football you are the NFL (NYC's Football Lady), Ciao!!! :)))


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

@pamela - always a bright moment when you stop by. . and with this challenge I can use all the sunshine there is!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

@zatchj62 - andre is there so that football fans like you would come over and give me hell for it. . at least he is here if only in the honorable mentions ;)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Hi, Shari, I agree with you that Randy Moss is something special as a wide receiver. I'm glad you included the Dolphins' Brandon Marshall - I think he's one of the best I've watched in years. Makes some unbelievable catches. If he stays healthy our Dolphins may have a fighting chance this year!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

@ jai - New York Jets - need I say anymore. Too bad I cant put any of the Jets on this top wide receiver list!!!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

drbj -too bad for the dophins that Rex Ryan and the Jets are flying in to Miami this weekend ;) But yes Brandon is a beast and he is lucky that the island of Revis is down with a bad hamstring.. ..


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

@lsfloro- wide receivers . .does football get any better! Andre is going to have some season...he earned the AFC Offensive Player of the Week honor for Week 2 after catching 12 passes for 158 yards. . I would say that qualifies him for this best wide receiver list!


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

Hey Shari, just catching up on my reading and came across this hub about the Top Five Wide Receivers in the NFL Today 2010 and I'm not saying that I am in agreement, nor do I disagree. I actually have no take on it at all. Who happens to be the best and isn't on the Cowboys isn't all that interesting to me. However, you did a wonderful job on the layout. :) :D


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Cagsil - thanks for taking the time to read about my passion! As we all know here on Hubpages when it comes to football I can go on and on talking about it. Nice to know someone is listening!


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zatchj62 6 years ago from Michigan

"@zatchj62 - andre is there so that football fans like you would come over and give me hell for it. . at least he is here if only in the honorable mentions ;)"

HAHA hmmmmm, I see...


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

zatch - you do know I gotta love me some Andre. I cant wait to see him sock it to the boys this weekend. . and I will make you a deal. . if he and the Texans win the game I will make Andre number one on this list!!!


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Hard to argue those choices. They are all great. And I am glad you included Andre Johnson, that guy is a beast !


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Andre is a beast, and if he beats the Cowgirls this weekend he is getting top billing!!!


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zatchj62 6 years ago from Michigan

@wavegirl-Now this is interesting. You must think that there is a degree of credibility to Andre being #1, because you have stated that Houston will dominate. Deal. Or if you prefer--I don't care much for Andre since I don't like the Texans, but if the Packers win you can add Greg Jennings at the very bottom of honorable mentions...lol


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

zatchj62 - you sohave a deal! Should the Packers beat the Bears Monday night I will gladly put Jennings up there. . and you know what I am rooting him .. every touchdown he makes for the Packers will benefit a Green Bay shelter called House of Hope. Its about a program called "Touchdowns for Hope" . so this guy is not just a great wide receiver, he is a man! Go Packers!


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zatchj62 6 years ago from Michigan

Oh I know! The Packers have a history of being a great organization that deals with charity. Charles Woodson, for one, greatly contributes to charity, along with Donald Driver and others. And I agree, Jennings would play for almost no pay (just enough to get by and a little extra), the Packers never have trouble negotiating with him. Not to mention he wants to be a pastor after he's done with football. We need more players in the league that act like him, Andre, and Wayne...none of these Brandon Marshall, Terrell Owens types.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

zatchj62 - yes the Packers are a pay it forward team. As far as Braylon, well from the News in New York, the locker room is not a good place for Braylon these days. For the DUI and more for the way he has handled the situation since it happened. Kinda makes you sick that some just feel above it all. All I can say now. .is go Packers!


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zatchj62 6 years ago from Michigan

@wavegirl-Agreed. Not that Rex Ryan gives them and slack or is a terrible influence, but he could use a coach that keeps his guys in line and keeps 'em clean. Like Tony Dungy was in Indianapolis.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Once again I gotta say I agree with you on Dungy at least. Rex Ryan coming to NY and the Jets has been a much needed personality, and I have been loving every minute of it. Sure beats having to watch Couglin!


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Pro Design Source 6 years ago

Shari - Great looking hub ... in more ways than one! ;)


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Robs - you got that right .. but if you really want to see the hot one...check out the Sexiest Butts. .I really had a good time on that one. !!


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zatchj62 6 years ago from Michigan

Sigh...Jennings didn't get thrown to much after the 1st quarter. Maybe next week Greg. I called him up and he says to watch the game against the Lions next week...he's gettin' on this list haha.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Zack, I felt for you watching the game last night. Packers were sloppy. . considering that it was an air game it was. .. Jennings who missed a pass in the first half ??? What up . .. Manning beat him ??? . . so what week we thinking I wont have to update this top wider receiver hub?

You can always cross over and do the Jet chant with me .. . and the home of the . .. .JETS :)


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zatchj62 6 years ago from Michigan

Yea they play the lions next week haha. Every great receiver misses one here and there. Jennings is just a beast for going up and gettin that, even though he couldn't reel it in. His route running on that TD was outstanding, however. 18 penalties and we only lost by three. Cutler couldve easily thrown 5 picks in that game. 2 were dropped and 2 were negated by penalties. That shouldve been a blowout if we had a few less penalties...instead of setting a franchise record haha


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Fenixfan 6 years ago from Mississippi

Good job on the top 5. Only change I might make would be Johnson and White. I love your hubs.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Fenixfan - thanks - So who you relacing on my list. And who is your favorite team in the NFL??


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MrBombastic 6 years ago

Great job on this hub. Randy Moss to me is still the best WR in the NFL. Even though he has aged in the blink of an eye the score board can be lit up real quick. The same goes with Andre Johnson.

1. Randy Moss

2. Andre Johnson

3. Larry Fitzgerald

4. Reggie Wayne

5. Anquan Boldin

6. Reggie Wayne

7. Brandon Marshall

8. Miles Austin

9.Calvin Johnson

10. Chad Ocho Cinco


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

MrBombastic - wish I could agree with you on Randy Moss. Undeniably he is one of the greats and I need to update this page with his Viking status! Thanks for coming by, I always love to hear who everyones favorite wide receiver is .. then again I love to hear and talk about anything football, as long as it is the NFL :)


chad 6 years ago

mines roddy white, andre johnson,chad Ochoacinco,tony gonzalez, terrel owens, larry fitzgerald, austin colle, randy moss, brandon marshall, anquan boldin


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

chad - thanks for sharing your best running backs, I always like to hear what others have to say about the NFL!


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zatchj62 6 years ago from Michigan

Greg Jennings is making his case. We've discussed this before but he should AT LEAST get an honorable mention haha.


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bogerk 6 years ago from Midwest

I would put Calvin Johnson at the top of the list considering what he has been able to do with no QB to speak of. I also think DeSean Jackson is moving up the ranks based on pure play-making ability with his speed.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

@zatchj62 - you are right. .I read today that Jennings Is Hall Of Fame’s Featured Player Of The Week on the Packer website. And after his With a 7 catch performance for 152 yards, 3 touchdowns in the Green Bay Packers’ 31-3 victory over the Minnesota Vikings (yeah baby I loved this game) I may have to finally buckle and edit. Stay tuned.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

bogerk - Calvin definitely deserves to be on this list, he is #3 on the NFL player rankings for Wide receivers in Week 11. And after this last week I am thinking this top 5 needs to a top 10 :) so I can also add Santonio Holmes. Really nice to see you stop by, I have enjoyed seeing you in the forums too. Makes for some great NFL banter her on hubpages!


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winTastic 6 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

i agree with wavegirl and zatchj62. Andre Johnson should be somewhere on the list, if not on top. He's got the best hands out of all of them. He's also strong, atheltic, and has great leaping ability. Calvin Johnson should get some love also. Throughout his career he hasn't had a legit quarterback and he's put up some good numbers.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

wintastic - thanks for your comments. Calvin if you can hear me I m sending you some love, but right now Im thinking about Mario Manninghams hands that worked some magic today in the Giants win over the Jags!


macbookair 5 years ago

man they got things all wrong it should be 1. Desean Jackson 2. Larry Fitzgerald 3. Reggie Wayne 4.Randy Moss 5. Devin Hester 6. Sydney Rice 7. Andrea Johnson 8. Terrel Owens 9. Chad Ochocinco 10.Miles Austin


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wavegirl22 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

Desean sure is hot!


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wsupaul88 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

Andrea Johnson should be WAY higher. I really enjoyed the list though! Good Hub, Great Topic!


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jmarq25 5 years ago

Great hub. Great stats. Larry Fitz representing Minneapolis!


Beastmode 5 years ago

PERFECT


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WallStickerDecals 5 years ago from US

Baseball my favorite sports to watch!


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wavegirl22 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

wsupaul88 - Great topic I agree! Glad to hear you enjoyed and yes Johnson is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL!

jmarq25 Football is the best !

Beastmode - Perfection is the name of the game :)


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zatchj62 5 years ago from Michigan

I think it's time you take Ochocinco (now he's going back to Johnson) and Moss out and put Greg Jennings and Calvin Johnson in. Calvin Johnson may be the greatest freak athlete in the NFL and Jennings had one of the top 2 best seasons for 2010 WRs. And I think that you should follow Clay Matthew's hair on Twitter...http://twitter.com/#!/ClaysHair haha


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wavegirl22 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

zatchj62 - im rooting for your Packers today, though we know my flight boys should be on the other side of the field! And I promise tonight comes the update . .I want to see Greg put up some real numbers!


CJ 5 years ago

Are you serious DeSean Jackson should have easily been #1 or #2


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zatchj62 5 years ago from Michigan

Please. Had maybe the best season of any receiver and has a Super Bowl TD. Get him in there!!! lol


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wavegirl22 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

Greg Jennings . .is the bomb!


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zatchj62 5 years ago from Michigan

It's a sense of accomplishment that my pestering (and Jenning's great performance [but mostly the pestering haha]) got Jennings on this list. From the looks of it you even named him as the best WR in the NFL. It's amazing to think that out of a wide receiver corp such as that (in my opinion the best in the league) can be such a standout. I don't know what Packer receiver stats on it are but Jennings has had back-to-back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons.


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wavegirl22 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

Hoenstly, I am always open to witnessing greatness, and had you not pestered me I might have not had mt eye on Jennings, especially cause he is usually so reserved. If you get a chance to see the Mike'up highlights from the Super Bowl Jennings is for sure the star of the sidelines! I do believe you have many years ahead to enjoy this Packer dynasty!


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AskAshlie3433 5 years ago from WEST VIRGINIA

I would have to put Owens on there. 15 season ans counting, pretty impressive. How bout Mello sis? They are building a contender. Just wanted to say hi girl. Best to you. Love ya sis!


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wavegirl22 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

AskAshlie3433 - thanks to Carmelo I have something to keep me occupied till the NFL comes back into season! As for TO - bad sportsmanship kept me from putting him on here. . .but duly noted and yes he does have talent! sending love right back at you gf ;)


erikjohnson 5 years ago

Nice! Great HUB! But Randy Moss has not done anything for a few years and Chad Ochocinco is a cancer and under-achiever. Time to re-do this list!


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wavegirl22 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

erikjohnson- with Ocho now suiting up as a new England Patriot I must say I agree with you. And now that Randy Moss has retired. . hmmmm Moss is a definite contender for the HOF so he may just have to remain on this list!!


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hale12783 5 years ago from New York

Andre Johnson has to be #1 on this list, and I don't think Chad Ochocinco is even close to being on it. Wes Welker has to be, Desean Jackson, Calvin Johnson.....etc. Good hub though, sparked a lot of feedback.


ryan 5 years ago

i think A.J green is the best wide receiver in the NFL.


Yo mama 5 years ago

Andre rocks


daren801 4 years ago

brandon marshal the best out there


valdez 4 years ago

This article can be put to bed now. Calvin Johnson aka Megatron is the best by far. It's almost unfair for db's out there.


ross22 4 years ago

Carolina Steve smith is more eplosve then some of those receivers


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kjrzeek1 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

Great hub, my vote is for Larry Fitzgerald, it is just too bad he never had a good QB, to help him out. By far the best hands in the game!


mike fedak 4 years ago

I love ur facts but ur list is all wrong ;)Megatron is the best by far. I dont kbow why people are mentioning Deshaun Jackson, Santonio Holmes and Miles Austin. I put those guys in top 50 not top 10

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