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Best Wide Receivers in NFL History

Updated on April 18, 2017

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Jerry Rice is the top receiver in football history. He has the most touchdowns in NFL Football history as well.  His catches were made for highlights and sometimes they seemed impossible.
Jerry Rice is the top receiver in football history. He has the most touchdowns in NFL Football history as well. His catches were made for highlights and sometimes they seemed impossible. | Source
Chris Carter played football for the Minnesota Vikings and he always excited the fans with big plays down the field and his class off the field.
Chris Carter played football for the Minnesota Vikings and he always excited the fans with big plays down the field and his class off the field. | Source
Marvin Harrison is the best wide receiver to come out of Indianapolis. He was able to make amazing catches reminiscent of the great Jerry Rice.
Marvin Harrison is the best wide receiver to come out of Indianapolis. He was able to make amazing catches reminiscent of the great Jerry Rice. | Source
Issac Bruce has been to the pro bowl on four occasions and he captured a Super Bowl ring.
Issac Bruce has been to the pro bowl on four occasions and he captured a Super Bowl ring. | Source

Tim Brown of The Raiders

Tim Brown played college at Notre Dame and his pro career with the Oakland Raiders. He won the Heisman trophy in college and had a hall of fame pro career.
Tim Brown played college at Notre Dame and his pro career with the Oakland Raiders. He won the Heisman trophy in college and had a hall of fame pro career. | Source

Legendary NFL Receivers

1. Jerry Rice: He went to the SuperBowl on four (4) occasions winning three (3) times. He is not only recognized as the Best Wide Receiver in History but, some regard him as the best football player in NFL History. Rice holds many records in the NFL including a record of 1,848 yards in the air during a season. Jerry Rice schooled defenders on a regular basis and his catches were sometimes amazing to watch. Rice always set an example in the locker room by arriving early and staying late all the time. A fan favorite wherever he played because he was as skillful a player as I have ever seen on the football field.

2. Marvin Harrison: Harrison won s Super Bowl with the Colts and was selected to the Pro Bowl 8 times, and has 128 career receiving touchdowns. He was drafted out of Syracuse in the first round and for twelve years was one of the top few receivers in the Sport. He holds the single season receiving record with 143 receptions. Harrison had sticky fingers and he was known for making unbelievable catches. Just as he was blessed to have Peyton Manning lobbing passes, Manning was lucky to have the skilled Mr. Harrison.

3. Cris Carter: Although Carter never won a Super Bowl, he made his mark nonetheless, playing for the Vikings. He scored 130 touchdowns, 1,101 receptions and had 13,899 receiving yards during his stellar career. He went to the Pro-Bowl eight times and he along side Randy Moss with the Minnesota Vikings. They were the deadliest duo in football for a decade. Carter was amazing at reading the defense and catching long balls down field. Chris Carter later went on to be a commentator.

4. Terrell Owens: He has been to a Super Bowl and is a six time Pro Bowl and five time All Pro selection. He played alongside the great Jerry Rice and he has 153 receiving touchdowns, 1,078 receptions and 15,934 receiving yards during a career that is still active. Owens has natural talents that allow him to high step and spin away from defenders on the field. It's too bad he never lived up to his potential or he would probably end up ranked number two on this list.

5. Issac Bruce: He won a Super Bowl and went to the Pro Bowl 4 times. He has ninety-one touchdowns, 1,024 receptions and over 15,000 receiving yards during his career. He holds all of the Rams major records. Bruce had sticky fingers and he made several one handed catches during his illustrious career.

6. Michael Irvin: Irvin won three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys. He is a 5x Pro Bowl selection. In his ten year career he scored 65 touch downs and had 750 receptions. He was a first round draft pick out of Miami. Irvin helped balance Dallas's running attack with his great catch and run skills.

7. Tim Brown: Brown played most of his career with the Raiders and appeared in a Super Bowl. He has 105 TouchDowns, 1,094 receptions and over 19,000 total yards in his career. He has been to the Pro Bowl 9 times and won the Heisman Trophy at Notre Dame.

8. Steve Largent: Largent played his entire Pro career with the Seattle Seahawks. During his career he scored 100 Touchdowns and acquired over 13,000 receiving yards. Largent went to the Pro Bowl 7 times. When he wasn't catching balls he was also great at blocking for his teammates.

9. Don Hutson: Hutson played his entire career with the Green Bay Packers and scored 99 touchdowns in his 10 year career. He was a three time NFL Champion. He lead the league in scoring five times. He also has the record for the most points in a quarter with 29.

10. Randy Moss: He has 153 touchdowns, 954 receptions, almost 15,000 receiving yards. After all of those stats, and he is still active in the NFL. He is an AFC Champion, and a seven time pro-bowl selection. He was a first round draft pick out of Marshall. Moss has several NFL records including the most seasons with at least 17 touchdowns and most touchdowns by a rookie.

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Highlight Makers

The top receivers always make nice highlights with the way they seem to soar in the air to get the pigskin. In the National Football League unlike in College football you have to keep both feet inbounds during a play instead of just one for a catch to be called a completion.

© 2012 Buster Johnson

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    • Miller2232 profile image

      Sinclair Miller III 4 years ago from Florida

      Can't argue with that list of wide receivers.

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      Buster Johnson 5 years ago from Alabama

      He can dance. Did you see boxer Floyd Mayweather on Dancing w the Stars, that guy has got some moves.

    • PurvisBobbi44 profile image

      PurvisBobbi44 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      Great hub--Jerry Rice is my favorite. Did you see him on Dancing With The Stars? He can really dance.

      Your Hub Friend,

      Bobbi Purvis