Minnesota Vikings’ All-Time Receiving Yardage Leaders
Cris Carter Game Winning TD Catch
The Minnesota Vikings have a winning tradition, at least during the regular season. But since their inception in 1961, the Vikes are 18-25 in the postseason as I write this in 2009, and 0 for 4 in Super Bowls. Still, they have fielded some great players on both sides of the ball, and in particular, receivers. Here is a list of the all-time Top 10 in receiving yards for the Vikings:
Cris Carter (12,383)—You may recall ESPN’s Chris Berman and his ubiquitous line about Cris Carter, that “all he does is catch touchdowns.” Carter had five straight seasons in double figures in that category, something that is just mind-boggling. But he racked up yards too, and Carter, who played in Minnesota most of his career (1990-2001), ranks first in franchise history with 12,383 receiving yards. He made the Pro Bowl 8 straight times in a Vikings’ uniform, including twice as a first-team All Pro. His best season was 1995, with career highs in receptions (122, third in NFL history for a single season), receiving yards (1371) and touchdown catches (17).
Randy Moss (9142)—It’s hard to believe Randy Moss has been in the NFL since 1998, but he has, and played for the Vikings from 1998 to 2004. Moss ranks second in team history with 9142 receiving yards, and he made the Pro Bowl in Minnesota five times, three times as a first team All Pro. Despite the NFL-record 23 TD catches with New England in 2007, Moss’ best overall season was 2003 with Minnesota. That year, Moss caught a career best 111 passes for 1632 yards (also career high) and 17 TDs.
Anthony Carter (7636)—Anthony Carter played most of his career in Minnesota, from 1985 to 1993, and ranks third in Vikings’ history with 7636 receiving yards. Carter made the Pro Bowl three straight times from 1987 to 1989, and his best season was 1988. That year, Carter had career highs in receptions (72) and receiving yards (1225) with 6 touchdown catches. However, one of Carter’s most impressive feats was a 24.3 yards-per-catch average in 1987, which led the NFL.
Jake Reed (6433)—Jake Reed played most of his career for the Vikings, from 1992 to 1999 and again in 2001. Reed ranks fourth in team history with 6433 receiving yards and his best season was 1996, with 72 receptions for a career high 1320 yards and 7 TD catches.
Sammy White (6400)—Sammy White played his entire career in Minnesota, from 1976 to 1985, and ranks fifth in Vikings’ history with 6400 receiving yards. White made the Pro Bowl his first two seasons, and his best season was 1981, with career highs in receptions (66) and receiving yards (1001) and 3 touchdowns.
Steve Jordan (6307)—Tight end Steve Jordan played his entire career for the Vikings, from 1982 to 1994 and made the Pro Bowl an impressive six straight seasons between 1986 and 1991. Jordan ranks sixth in Minnesota’s history with 6307 receiving yards, and 1986 was his best season. That year, he caught 58 passes for career highs in yards (859) and TD catches (6).
Ahmad Rashad (5489)—Ahmad Rashad might be better known as a basketball guy because of his years with CBS Sports covering the NBA, and by his marriage to Felicia Rashad, formerly of The Cosby Show (they divorced in 2001). But Rashad was a heck of a wide receiver, and played most of his career for the Vikings, from 1976 to 1982, and he ranks seventh in franchise history with 5489 receiving yards. Rashad made the Pro Bowl four straight times from 1978 to 1981, and his best season was 1979, with career highs in receptions (80), receiving yards (1156) and touchdowns (9).
Hassan Jones (3733)—Hassan Jones played most of his career in Minnesota, from 1986 to 1992, and ranks eighth in Vikings’ history with 3733 receiving yards. Jones’ best season was 1990, when he had career high numbers in receptions (51), receiving yards (810) and TD catches (7).
John Gilliam (3297)—John Gilliam only played for the Vikings for four seasons, from 1972 to 1975, but made the Pro Bowl each of those years. He ranks ninth in team history with 3297 receiving yards and his best season with the team was 1972, with 47 catches for a career best 1035 yards and 7 touchdown receptions. Gilliam also led the NFL that season with a 22.0 yards-per-catch average.
Paul Flatley (3222)—Paul Flatley played most of his career in Minnesota, from 1963 to 1967, ranking tenth in the team’s history with 3222 receiving yards. Flatley made the Pro Bowl in 1966, but his best overall season was 1965, with 50 catches for career highs in receiving yards (896) and TD receptions (7).