Colts’ All-Time Receiving Yardage Leaders
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Even before the Colts were world-beaters in Indianapolis, the franchise was a powerhouse for many years in Baltimore. This is a team, regardless of where they are/were based, that has fielded some incredible players over the years, especially wide receivers. Here is a list of the all-time Top 10 in receiving yards for the Colts:
Marvin Harrison (14,580)—Marvin Harrison has been one of the game’s great players over the last decade or so, and his 14,580 receiving yards not only tops the Colts’ all-time list, but Harrison ranks fourth in NFL history in that department. Harrison played for Indianapolis from 1996 to 2008, and is looking for a new team as I write this in 2009. Harrison has made the Pro Bowl eight times, including three times as a first team All Pro. His best season was 2002, when Harrison caught a career high (and NFL record) 143 passes for 1722 yards (also career best) with 11 touchdown receptions.
Raymond Berry (9275)—Raymond Berry played for the Baltimore Colts his entire career, from 1955 to 1967, and ranks second in franchise history with 9275 receiving yards. Berry made the Pro Bowl six times, three of those as a first team All Pro. Berry doesn’t have the same gaudy numbers as Harrison, but when you take into account the fact that he played during a run-first era and during 12- and 14-game seasons, his numbers are pretty remarkable. Berry’s best season was 1960, when he caught 74 passes for a career high 1298 yards and 10 TD receptions.
Reggie Wayne (8129)—Reggie Wayne has only been in the NFL since 2001, all with the Colts, and he already ranks third in team history with 8129 receiving yards. There is little doubt Wayne will pass Berry in the next year or two, and he will challenge Harrison’s numbers if he sticks around long enough and has Peyton Manning throwing to him. Wayne has made the Pro Bowl three straight seasons from 2006-08, and his best season was 2007. That year, Wayne had career highs in receptions (104) and receiving yards (1510, led the NFL) with 10 touchdown catches.
Lenny Moore (6039)—Running back Lenny Moore was also a great receiver, and he played for the Baltimore Colts his entire career, from 1956 to 1967, ranking fourth in franchise history with 6039 receiving yards. Moore made the Pro Bowl seven times, five times as a first team All Pro. He had his best season in 1958, with career highs in receptions (50), receiving yards (938) and yards from scrimmage (1536), with 14 total touchdowns (7 receiving and 7 rushing).
Jimmy Orr (5859)—Jimmy Orr played most of his career in Baltimore, from 1961 to 1970, and ranks fifth in the team’s history with 5859 receiving yards. Orr made the Pro Bowl twice, once as a first team All Pro in 1965. But his best season was 1962, with career highs in receptions (55), receiving yards (974), and TD catches (11).
Bill Brooks (5818)—Bill Brooks played most of his career in Indianapolis, from 1986 to 1992, and ranks sixth in Colts’ history with 5818 receiving yards. Brooks’ best season was his rookie year, when he caught 65 passes for a career best 1131 yards and 8 touchdowns.
John Mackey (5126)—Tight end John Mackey played most of his career in Baltimore, from 1963 to 1971, before playing one more season in San Diego. Mackey ranks seventh in franchise history with 5126 receiving yards, and he made the Pro Bowl five times, three times as a first team All Pro. Mackey’s best season was 1966, when he caught 50 passes for career highs in receiving yards (829) and touchdown catches (9).
Roger Carr (4770)—Roger Carr played most of his career in Baltimore, from 1974 to 1981, and ranks eighth in team history with 4770 receiving yards. Carr made the Pro Bowl in 1976, which was also his best season. That year, Carr caught 43 passes for career highs in receiving yards (1112) and TDs (11).
Jim Mutscheller (3684)—Tight end Jim Mutscheller played his entire career in Baltimore, from 1954 to 1961, and ranks ninth in Colts’ history with 3684 receiving yards. Mutscheller made the Pro Bowl in 1957, but his best overall season was 1956, with career highs in receptions (44) and receiving yards (715) with 6 touchdown catches.
Glenn Doughty (3547)—Glenn Doughty played his entire career with the Baltimore Colts, from 1972 to 1979, and ranks tenth in franchise history with 3547 receiving yards. Doughty had his best season in 1975, with 39 catches for a career best 666 yards and 4 TD receptions.