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Green Bay Packers’ All-Time Receiving Yardage Leaders
The Green Bay Packers have a rich history, having won 12 championships, three of those in the Super Bowl era. And while you might think of Brett Favre or Vince Lombardi or Bart Starr when you think of Packers’ football, the team has fielded some excellent receivers over the years as well. Here is a list of the Top 10 in receiving yards for the Packers’ franchise all-time:
James Lofton (9656)—James Lofton played an incredible 16 years in the NFL, and began his awesome career with the Packers, playing in Green Bay from 1978 to 1986. Lofton made the Pro Bowl seven times as a Packer, once as first team All Pro, and he leads the franchise all-time with 9656 receiving yards. Lofton had his best season in 1984, when he caught 62 passes for a career high 1361 receiving yards 7 touchdowns. He also led the NFL with a 22.0 yards per catch average that season, and added 10 rushes for 82 more yards as well.
Sterling Sharpe (8134)—Sterling Sharpe only played seven seasons in the NFL, all with the Packers, with his career cut short due to injury. Sharpe played from 1988 to 1994 and ranks second in Packers’ history with 8134 receiving yards. Sharpe made the Pro Bowl five times, three times as first team All Pro, and probably would have been much higher on the all-time NFL receiving yardage list had he played longer. Sharpe had his best season in 1992, when he caught 108 passes for a career high 1461 yards and 13 touchdown catches—and all three categories led the NFL that season as well.
Don Hutson (7991)—Don Hutson played his entire career in Green Bay, from 1935 to 1945, and ranks third in franchise history with 7991 receiving yards. Hutson made the Pro Bowl 8 times, amazingly as a first team All Pro each of those years. His best season was 1942, with career highs in receptions (74), receiving yards (1211) and touchdown catches (17), and each of those led the NFL that season.
Donald Driver (7989)—Donald Driver has played his entire career in Green Bay, from 1999 until the present as I write this in 2009. Driver ranks fourth in Packers’ history with 7989 receiving yards and was Brett Favre’s favorite target for a few seasons. Driver is a three-time Pro Bowler and his best season so far was 2006, with career highs in receptions (92) and receiving yards (1295) with 8 TD catches.
Boyd Dowler (6918)—Boyd Dowler played most of his career in a Packers’ uniform, from 1959 to 1969, and ranks fifth in team history with 6918 receiving yards. Dowler made the Pro Bowl twice, and his best season was 1963. That year, Dowler caught 53 passes for career highs in yards (901) and touchdown receptions (6).
Antonio Freeman (6651)—Antonio Freeman played most of his career in Green Bay, from 1995 to 2001 and then again in 2003. Freeman ranks sixth in Packers’ history with 6651 receiving yards, and his best season was 1998, when he was a first team All Pro. That year, Freeman had career highs in receptions (84), receiving yards (1424, led the NFL) and touchdown catches (14).
Max McGee (6346)—Max McGee played for the Packers his whole career, from 1954 to 1967, and ranks seventh in franchise history with 6346 receiving yards. McGee’s best season was 1961, his lone Pro Bowl year, when he had career highs in receptions (51) and receiving yards (881), with 7 TD catches.
Billy Howton (5581)—Billy Howton played most of his career in Green Bay, from 1952 to 1958, making the Pro Bowl four times, twice as a first team All Pro. Howton ranks eighth in team history with 5581 receiving yards, and his best season was 1952, when he caught 53 passes for career highs in receiving yards (1231, led the NFL) and touchdown receptions (13).
Carroll Dale (5422)—Carroll Dale played most of his career in Green Bay, from 1965 to 1972. Dale ranks ninth in Packers’ history with 5422 receiving yards and he made the Pro Bowl three straight seasons in a Packers’ uniform (1968-70). Dale’s best season was 1969, when he caught 45 passes for a career high 879 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns.
Robert Brooks (4225)—Robert Brooks played most of his career for the Packers, from 1992 to 1998, and ranks tenth in franchise history with 4225 receiving yards. Brooks had his best season in 1995, with career highs in receptions (102), receiving yards (1497), and TD catches (13).