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NFL Receiving Yardage Leaders By Year—1990s

Updated on March 5, 2008

Jerry Rice

Marvin Harrison

Sterling Sharpe


Aside from Hall of Fame-bound Jerry Rice leading the league in receiving yardage four times in the ‘90's, the rest of the decade was a mixed bag, with no one else capturing the lead in that category more than once. Here is a complete run-down of the receiving leaders in the ‘90's:

1999-Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis Colts (1663)

A torch of sorts was being handed from Jerry Rice to Marvin Harrison as the game's best receiver, and in Harrison's fourth year as a pro he led the entire NFL with 1663 receiving yards on 115 catches. Harrison scored 12 TDs as well and averaged 103.9 yards per game.

1998-Antonio Freeman, Green Bay Packers (1424)

The Packers' Antonio Freeman had the benefit of Brett Favre as his quarterback, and in 1998 made it count with 84 catches for a league-high 1424 yards. Freeman also had a career high with 14 touchdown catches.

1997-Rob Moore, Arizona Cardinals (1584)

Rob Moore was a veteran by the time 1997 rolled around, having played five seasons with the Jets and then finishing his career in Arizona. 1997 was his best season though, leading the NFL with 1584 yards receiving on 97 catches and 8 touchdowns.

1996-Isaac Bruce, St. Louis Rams (1338)

For as illustrious a career as Rams' wide receiver Isaac Bruce has had, he only led the league in receiving yards once, with 1338 yards on 84 catches in 1996, with seven touchdowns. Bruce has played his whole career with the Rams, but was just released early in 2008.

1995-Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49ers (1848)

The great Jerry Rice led the NFL in receiving yards six times in his career, including four times in the ‘90's. 1995 was the third straight year that Rice accomplished the feat, by catching 122 passes (a league record at the time) for 1848 yards with 15 TDs. Rice also had a career best 115.5 yards-per-game average.

1994-Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49ers (1499)

In 1994, Rice caught 112 passes for a league high 1499 yards and 13 TDs. He also carried the ball seven times for 93 more yards with 2 touchdowns.

1993-Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49ers (1503)

1993 was the second time Jerry Rice led the NFL in receiving yards in the decade, and the first of three straight seasons of doing so. Rice caught 98 passes for 1503 yards with 15 TDs, which also led the league.

1992-Sterling Sharpe, Green Bay Packers (1461)

In Brett Favre's first season in Green Bay, wide receiver Sterling Sharpe was the beneficiary of lots of balls thrown his way. As a result, Sharpe led the NFL with 1461 yards on 108 catches, 13 for TDs.

1991-Michael Irvin, Dallas Cowboys (1523)

Hall of fame wide receiver Michael Irvin was a big part of the Dallas Cowboys' teams that won three Super Bowls in the ‘90's. In 1991, Irvin led the NFL with 1523 receiving yards on 93 catches, with 8 touchdowns. It was the only time in Irvin's career that he led the league in receiving.

1990-Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49ers (1502)

In 1990, Jerry Rice reached the 100-catch mark, with exactly 100 catches for an NFL-leading 1502 yards with 13 TDs. It was the second straight year that Rice led the league, and first of four times in the decade.


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    • Nashville G-man profile image

      Nashville G-man 9 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      hey DJ....thanks for the kind words....I'm actually a lifelong Giants fan myself, which is where my screen name comes from

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      DJ Funktual 9 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove


      great tidbit about that actually being Rob Moore's best season.

      I'm a NYer so I know 'em pretty well since my Dad likes the Jets!

      My team though, ahem.....The World Champions and winners of the best Super Bowl ever...Giants! NYG baby!