All-Time NFL Receiving Leaders by Team—AFC
Good quarterbacks need good receivers to throw to, and this list features a lot of talented ones that lead their respective franchise in all-time receiving yards. Some are tight ends, but most are receivers, including several that are still active.
Baltimore Ravens-Todd Heap
Because the Ravens have only been in Baltimore since 1996 and haven't been much of a passing team, their leading receiver all-time is current tight end Todd Heap, with 316 catches for 3658 yards. Heap's best year was 2005, when he caught 75 passes for 855 yards and 7 touchdowns. Heap has been with the Ravens since he broke into the NFL in 2001.
Buffalo Bills-Andre Reed
Wide receiver Andre Reed was an iron man receiver of sorts, playing 15 of his 16 NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills, from 1985-1999. Reed is the Bills' all-time receiving leader with 941 catches for 13,095 yards and 86 touchdowns. His best season in Buffalo was 1989, when he caught 88 passes for 1312 yards and 9 touchdowns, with a 14.9 yard per catch average. Reed was a seven-time Pro Bowler and was a big part of the Bills' run to four straight AFC Championships in the nineties. He played for the Redskins in 2000 before retiring.
Cincinnati Bengals-Isaac Curtis
Wide receiver Isaac Curtis played for the Bengals his entire career (1973 to 1984) and over that time became the franchise's all-time receiving leader with 416 catches for 7101 yards. Curtis' best season overall was 1975 when he caught 44 passes for 934 yards and 7 touchdowns. Over his career, Curtis averaged a stunning 17.1 yards per catch and he is currently a sales executive in the Cincinnati area.
Cleveland Browns-Ozzie Newsome
Ozzie Newsome was a tight end who played his entire career for the Browns (1978-1990), meaning he was with them for some of the heartbreaking playoff losses in the eighties. Newsome is the Browns' franchise leader in receiving yards with 7980. Newsome had 662 catches, 47 for touchdowns, and his best season was 1981 when he caught 69 passes for 1002 yards and 6 touchdowns. At one point Newsome caught a pass in 150 consecutive games. He is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and currently is the general manager of the Baltimore Ravens.
Denver Broncos-Rod Smith
Wide receiver Rod Smith has been with the Broncos for his entire career (1995-present) and is currently trying to work his way back from injuries suffered in 2006. Smith leads all Broncos in receiving with 849 catches for 11,389 yards and 68 touchdowns. His highest yardage total in one season was 1602 yards in 2000, but Smith's best season as a whole was 2001 when he caught 113 passes for 1343 yards and 11 touchdowns. Smith is the only undrafted player to ever have 10,000 yards receiving, and he helped the Broncos to two straight Super Bowl wins in the late nineties.
Houston Texans-Andre Johnson
The Texans have only been an NFL franchise since 2002, and their all-time leader in passing yards so far is receiver Andre Johnson with 4804 yards. Johnson has been with the Texans, his only NFL team, since 2003, and 2006 was his best season so far with 103 catches for 1147 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Indianapolis Colts-Marvin Harrison
Marvin Harrison is already one of the greatest wide receivers to ever play the game, and has played for the Colts, his only NFL team, since 1996. Over that time, Harrison has caught 1042 passes for 13,944 yards and 123 touchdowns. His best season was 2002, with 143 catches for 1722 yards and 11 touchdowns. The 143 catches is an NFL record. Harrison finally won a Super Bowl ring with the Colts in 2006 as well.
Jacksonville Jaguars-Jimmy Smith
Wide receiver Jimmy Smith played for the Jaguars for most of his NFL career (1995-2005) and over that time became the franchise leader in receiving with 862 catches for 12,287 yards and 67 touchdowns. Smith's best season was 1999 with 116 catches for 1636 yards and 6 TDs, and he had nine seasons of over 1000 yards receiving.
Kansas City Chiefs-Tony Gonzalez
Tight end Tony Gonzalez has played in Kansas City his entire career (1997-present) and over that time has become one of the game's great players at his position. Gonzalez leads the Chiefs all-time with 9882 yards receiving, with 820 catches and 66 of those for touchdowns. His best season was 2004, when he caught 102 passes for 1258 yards and 7 touchdowns, and Gonzalez is a 9-time Pro Bowler.
Miami Dolphins-Mark Duper
Wide receiver Mark Duper played for the Dolphins his entire career (1982-1992) and was one of quarterback Dan Marino's favorite targets. In all, Duper had 511 catches for 8869 yards to lead the Dolphins all-time. His best season was 1986 with 67 catches for 1313 yards, 11 touchdowns and a 19.6 yards-per-catch average. Duper also helped the Dolphins win two AFC titles.
New England Patriots- Stanley Morgan
Receiver Stanley Morgan played for the Patriots almost his entire career (1977-1989) and over that time became the franchise leader with 10,352 receiving yards. In 1986, Morgan had his best year as a pro with 84 catches for 1491 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also averaged over 20 yards per reception for his first six seasons, and helped the Patriots to an AFC title in 1985.
New York Jets- Don Maynard
Don Maynard began his career with the Giants, but went on to play for the New York Titans (who became the Jets in 1963) and played for that franchise until 1972. Maynard is the Jets' all-time leading receiver with 11,732 yards and 88 touchdowns. His best season was 1967 when he caught 71 passes for 1434 yards and 10 touchdowns, with a 20.2 yards-per-catch average. Maynard also helped lead the Jets to a win in Super Bowl III.
Oakland Raiders-Tim Brown
Tim Brown played for the Raiders for most of his career (1988-2003) and over that time became this storied franchise's leading receiver with 1070 catches for 14,734 yards and 99 touchdowns. Brown's best season was 1997, when he caught 104 passes for 1408 yards and 5 touchdowns. Brown also had nine straight seasons with 1000 or more receiving yards.
Pittsburgh Steelers- John Stallworth
Wide receiver John Stallworth was one of the greatest receivers in Steelers' history, and still leads the team with 8723 yards over the course of his career (all with the Steelers, from 1974-1987). Stallworth played in the shadow of Lynn Swann for many years, in particular in the glory years of the seventies, but he was always steady. His best season was 1984, when he caught 80 passes for 1395 yards and 11 touchdowns, winning the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award. Stallworth also had a 75-yard touchdown catch in Super Bowl XIII.
San Diego Chargers- Lance Alworth
Lance Alworth was a receiver for the Chargers for most of his career, from 1962 to 1970 and leads the franchise all-time with 9584 receiving yards. Alworth had seven straight seasons with over 1000 yards, and his best year was 1965, when he caught 69 passes for 1602 yards, 14 touchdowns, and an astounding 23.2 yards-per-catch average. Alworth was also the AFL MVP in 1963.
Tennessee Titans-Ernest Givins
Ernest Givins never played for the Titans, but was a wide receiver on this franchise when they were the Houston Oilers, from 1986-1994. Givins is still the team leader in receiving with 7935 yards, and had a career high of 1062 yards in his rookie season. But Givins' best season overall was 1992 when he caught 67 passes for 787 yards and 10 touchdowns. He played for Jacksonville in 1995 before retiring, and is involved in high school football in St. Petersburg, Florida.