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AFL/NFL 1,000 Yard Receivers State by State Rank: Installment 4

Updated on November 27, 2014
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Larry Rankin analyzes sports, with an especially strong penchant for statistical breakdowns.

This is the final installment of state by state rank for 1,000 yard receiver production in AFL/NFL history. This section of the database analyzes states ranking from 19-37, lists non-U.S. born 1,000 Yard receivers, and the states who have not yet produced a player who has broken the 1,000 yard receiving barrier.

For those of you more interested in an overview of all states, a table can be found in installment 1 of this database. A link to installment 1 and all other installments is available in the box to your right and via links at the bottom of the page.

For those of you interested in other football production related state by state rankings, they can be found by clicking the Larry Rankin profile in the upper right hand corner or at the bottom of the page.

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Reference

The information for this database was compiled using the following sources: Profootballreference.com, NFL.com, and Wikipedia.com.

Feel free to help: If you find any of the information contained within this database to be misplaced or inaccurate, feel free to let the author know in the comments section. Not only is it not an annoyance, it is appreciated.

Source

19. Minnesota

Per Capita Score: 166

1,000 Yard Performances: 9

Larry Fitzgerald has had a wonderful career, and Eric Decker is coming into his own. Michael Floyd had his first thousand yard season in 2013. It is a reasonable assumption that Minnesota’s score will continue to rise.

Minnesota: 1,000 Yard Receiving Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Rec
Avg
TD
Lg
2008 Ari Cardinals
Larry Fitzgerald
WR
1,431
96
14.9
12
78
2011 Ari Cardinals
Larry Fitzgerald
WR
1,411
80
17.6
8
73
2005 Ari Cardinals
Larry Fitzgerald
WR
1,409
103
13.7
10
47
2007 Ari Cardinals
Larry Fitzgerald
WR
1,409
100
14.1
10
48
2013 Den Broncos
Eric Decker
WR
1,288
87
14.8
11
61
2010 Ari Cardinals
Larry Fitzgerald
WR
1,137
90
12.6
6
41
2009 Ari Cardinals
Larry Fitzgerald
WR
1,092
97
11.3
13
34
2012 Den Bronco
Eric Decker
WR
1,064
85
12.5
13
55
2013 Ari Cardinals
Michael Floyd
WR
1,041
65
16.0
5
91
Source

20. New Mexico

Per Capita Score: 144

1,000 Yard Performances: 3

Hall of Famer Tommy McDonald was one of the best of his era, but 5 decades later, New Mexico is due another thousand yard receiver.

New Mexico: 1,000 Yard Receiving Performances

1,000 Yard Seasons: 3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Rec
Avg
TD
Lg
1962 Phi Eagles
Tommy McDonald
WR
1,146
58
19.8
10
60
1961 Phi Eagles
Tommy McDonald
WR
1,144
64
17.9
13
66
1965 LA Rams
Tommy McDonald
WR
1,036
67
15.5
9
51
Source

21. North Dakota

Per Capita Score: 138

1,000 Yard Performances: 1

North Dakota has so few people that a single tight end who gained just under 1,200 yards in 1965 places them above 29 other states.

North Dakota: 1,000 Yard Receiving Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Rec
Avg
TD
Lg
1965 Phi Eagles
Pete Retzlaff
TE
1,190
66
18.0
10
78
Source

22. Alaska

Per Capita Score: 136

1,000 Yard Performances: 1

No, it’s not a mistake. This is another Steve Smith, and he was born in Anchorage, Alaska, though his family would eventually move to California.

Alaska: 1,000 Yard Receiving Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Rec
Avg
TD
Lg
2009 NY Giants
Steve Smith
WR
1,220
107
11.4
7
51
Source

23. Connecticut

Per Capita Score: 111

1,000 Yard Performances: 4

Joe Horn was a fine receiver and the state of Connecticut’s only thousand yard receiver.

Connecticut: 1,000 Yard Receiving Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Rec
Avg
TD
Lg
2004 NO Saints
Joe Horn
WR
1,399
94
14.9
11
57
2000 NO Saints
Joe Horn
WR
1,340
94
14.3
8
52
2002 NO Saints
Joe Horn
WR
1,312
88
14.9
7
63
2001 NO Saints
Joe Horn
WR
1,265
83
15.2
9
56
Source

24. Wisconsin

Per Capita Score: 104

1,000 Yard Performances: 6

Crazylegs Hirsch had almost 1,500 yards receiving in 1951, a feat that is impressive in any era.

Wisconsin: 1,000 Yard Receiving Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Rec
Avg
TD
Lg
1951 LA Rams
Elroy Hirsch
WR
1,495
66
22.7
17
91
1967 NY Jets
George Sauer
WR
1,189
75
15.9
6
61
1968 NY Jets
George Sauer
WR
1,141
66
17.3
3
43
1966 NY Jets
George Sauer
WR
1,079
63
17.1
5
77
1999 GB Packers
Bill Schroeder
WR
1,051
74
14.2
5
51
1962 Dal Cowboys
Frank Clarke
WR
1,043
47
22.2
14
66
Source

25. Maryland

Per Capita Score: 101

1,000 Yard Performances: 6

Steve Watson from the 80s and Antonio Freeman from the 90s make up Maryland’s list.

Maryland: 1,000 Yard Receiving Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Rec
Avg
TD
Lg
1998 GB Packers
Antonio Freeman
WR
1,424
84
17.0
14
84
1981 Den Broncos
Steve Watson
WR
1,244
60
20.7
13
95
1997 GB Packers
Antonio Freeman
WR
1,243
81
15.3
12
58
1984 Den Broncos
Steve Watson
WR
1,170
69
17.0
7
73
1983 Den Broncos
Steve Watson
WR
1,133
59
19.2
5
78
1999 GB Packers
Antonio Freeman
WR
1,074
74
14.5
6
51
Source

26. Illinois

Per Capita Score: 85

1,000 Yard Performances: 11

The Sharpe brothers are the main contributors to Illinois’s list. Had it not been for Sterling getting injured, they’d probably both be in the Hall of Fame.

Illinois: 1,000 Yard Receiving Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Rec
Avg
TD
Lg
1992 GB Packers
Sterling Sharpe
WR
1,461
108
13.5
13
76
1989 GB Packers
Sterling Sharpe
WR
1,423
90
15.8
12
79
1993 GB Packers
Sterling Sharpe
WR
1,274
112
11.4
11
54
1947 Cle Browns
Mac Speedie
WR
1,146
67
17.1
6
99
1994 GB Packers
Sterling Sharpe
WR
1,119
94
11.9
18
49
1997 Den Broncos
Shannon Sharpe
TE
1,107
72
15.4
3
68
1990 GB Packers
Sterling Sharpe
WR
1,105
67
16.5
6
76
1996 Den Broncos
Shannon Sharpe
TE
1,062
80
13.3
10
51
1961 SD Chargers
Dave Kocourek
WR
1,055
55
19.2
4
76
1949 Cle Browns
Mac Speedie
WR
1,028
62
16.6
7
45
1994 Den Broncos
Shannon Sharpe
TE
1,010
87
11.6
4
44
Source

27. Indiana

Per Capita Score: 76

1,000 Yard Performances: 5

Mark Clayton was a favorite target of Dan Marino in the 80s and a 5 time 1,000 yard receiver.

Indiana: 1,000 Yard Receiving Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Rec
Avg
TD
Lg
1984 Mia Dolphins
Mark Clayton
WR
1,389
73
19.0
18
65
1986 Mia Dolphins
Mark Clayton
WR
1,150
60
19.2
10
68
1988 Mia Dolphins
Mark Clayton
WR
1,129
86
13.1
14
45
1991 Mia Dolphins
Mark Clayton
WR
1,053
70
15.0
12
43
1989 Mia Dolphins
Mark Clayton
WR
1,011
64
15.8
9
78
Source

28. Kansas

Per Capita Score: 69

1,000 Yard Performances: 2

Kansas has produced some of the greatest running backs to ever play the game, but this is a receiving list.

Kansas: 1,000 Yard Receiving Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Rec
Avg
TD
Lg
2013 GB Packers
Jordy Nelson
WR
1,314
85
15.5
8
76
2011 GB Packers
Jordy Nelson
WR
1,263
68
18.6
15
93
Source

29. Iowa

Per Capita Score: 65

1,000 Yard Performances: 2

Roger Craig is one of only three running backs to receive for over 1,000 yards in a season. The other two: Marshall Faulk and Lionel James. And with Marshall Faulk, Craig is one of only two running backs to rush and receive for 1,000 yards in the same season.

Iowa: 1,000 Yard Receiving Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Rec
Avg
TD
Lg
2009 Ind Colts
Dallas Clark
TE
1,106
100
11.1
10
80
1985 SF 49ers
Roger Craig
RB
1,016
92
11.0
6
73
Source

30. Tennessee

Per Capita Score: 62

1,000 Yard Performances: 4

Jason Witten is one of the finest tight ends to ever play the game. For those of you who like obscure stats, he is also the only player in NFL history to receive for over 1,000 yards and average less than 10 yards a catch.

Tennessee: 1,000 Yard Receiving Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Rec
Avg
TD
Lg
2007 Dal Cowboys
Jason Witten
TE
1,145
96
11.9
7
53
2012 Dal Cowboys
Jason Witten
TE
1,039
110
9.4
3
36
2009 Dal Cowboys
Jason Witten
TE
1,030
94
11
2
69
2010 Dal Cowboys
Jason Witten
TE
1,002
94
10.7
9
33
Source

31. New York

Per Capita Score: 56

1,000 Yard Performances: 11

Hall of Famer Art Monk is the most notable name among New York receivers to go over 1,000 yards.

New York: 1,000 Yard Receiving Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Rec
Avg
TD
Lg
1997 Ari Cardinals
Rob Moore
WR
1,584
97
16.3
8
47
1984 Was Redskins
Art Monk
WR
1,372
106
12.9
7
72
2011 NE Pat
Rob Gronkowski
TE
1,327
90
14.7
17
52
1985 Was Redskins
Art Monk
WR
1,226
91
13.5
2
53
1989 Was Redskins
Art Monk
WR
1,186
86
13.8
8
60
1995 NO Saints
Quinn Early
WR
1,087
81
13.4
8
70
1986 Was Redskins
Art Monk
WR
1,068
73
14.6
4
69
1991 Was Redskins
Art Monk
WR
1,049
71
14.8
8
64
1996 Ari Cardinals
Rob Moore
WR
1,016
58
17.5
4
69
1994 NY Jets
Rob Moore
WR
1,010
78
12.9
6
41
1968 Dal Cowboys
Lance Rentzel
WR
1,009
54
18.7
6
65
Source

32. Oregon

Per Capita Score: 51

1,000 Yard Performances: 2

The only Oregon born receiver to ever go for over 1,000 yards would later become a basketball commentator.

Oregon: 1,000 Yard Receiving Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Rec
Avg
TD
Lg
1979 Min Vikings
Ahmad Rashad
WR
1,156
80
14.5
9
52
1980 Min Vikings
Ahmad Rashad
WR
1,095
69
15.9
5
76
Source

33. Utah

Per Capita Score: 34

1,000 Yard Performances: 1

Kevin Curtis’ 1,000 yard campaign in the 2007 season marked Utah’s entrance into the field of states with a 1,000 yard receiver.

Utah: 1,000 Yard Receiving Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Rec
Avg
TD
Lg
2007 Phi Eagles
Kevin Curtis
WR
1,110
77
14.4
6
75
Source

34. Arizona

Per Capita Score: 30.2

1,000 Yard Performances: 2

Tim Smith’s two 1,000 yard seasons put Arizona on the list.

Arizona: 1,000 Yard Receiving Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Rec
Avg
TD
Lg
1983 Hou Oilers
Tim Smith
WR
1,176
83
14.2
6
47
1984 Hou Oilers
Tim Smith
WR
1,141
69
16.5
4
75
Source

35. Massachusetts

Per Capita Score: 29.9

1,000 Yard Performances: 2

Had it not been for knee injuries, Mark Bavaro would probably have made this list at least a couple more times.

Massachusetts: 1,000 Yard Receiving Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Rec
Avg
TD
Lg
1986 Ind Colts
Bill Brooks
WR
1,131
65
17.4
8
84
1986 NY Giants
Mark Bavaro
TE
1,001
66
15.2
4
41
Source

36. Washington

Per Capita Score: 29

1,000 Yard Performances: 2

Eric Metcalf spent most of his time in the NFL as a premier return man and running back. It was later in his career that he was moved to wide receiver and proved he could do that, too.

Washington: 1,000 Yard Receiving Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Rec
Avg
TD
Lg
1995 Atl Falcons
Eric Metcalf
WR
1,189
104
11.4
8
62
2004 Min Vikings
Nate Burleson
WR
1,006
68
14.8
9
68
Source

37. Kentucky

Per Capita Score: 23

1,000 Yard Performances: 1

The only thing worse than being last on the list, being one of the 13 states that didn’t make it at all.

Kentucky:: 1,000 Yard Receiving Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Rec
Avg
TD
Lg
1999 Car Panthers
Patrick Jeffers
WR
1,082
63
17.2
12
88

Other:

Tom Fears, born in Guadalajara, Mexico, is the only non-U.S. born player to have a 1,000 yard receiving season, a feat he accomplished twice.

Mexico: 1,000 Yard Receiving Performances

Year/Team
Name
Pos
Yds
Rec
Avg
TD
Lg
1950 LA Rams
Tom Fears
WR
1,116
84
13.3
7
53
1949 LA Rams
Tom Fears
WR
1,013
77
13.2
9
51

Not Making the List:

States yet to have a player reach the 1,000 yard receiving milestone are Colorado, Delaware, Hawai’i, Idaho, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming.

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      Wow, a lot of research here! Thanks for tackling this.