Titans/Oilers’ All-Time Receiving Yardage Leaders
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The Tennessee Titans used to be the Houston Oilers, and the NFL Oilers used to be the AFL Oilers, going back to 1960. This franchise has been competitive much of the time, but has only made it to one Super Bowl, and lost that to the Kurt Warner-led Rams after the 1999 season. The franchise has boasted some great offensive players over the years, and here is a list of the all-time Top 10 in Titans/Oilers history in receiving yards:
Ernest Givins (7935)—Ernest Givins played for the Oilers most of his career, from 1986 to 1994, and leads the franchise all-time with 7935 receiving yards. Givins made the Pro Bowl twice and his best season was 1986. That year, Givins caught 61 passes for a career best 1062 yards and 3 touchdown receptions. He also carried the ball nine times for another 148 yards and one more TD as a rusher.
Drew Hill (7477)—Drew Hill began his career with the Rams and then played seven seasons in Houston, from 1985 to 1991. Hill ranks second in team history with 7477 receiving yards and he made the Pro Bowl twice while with the Oilers. Hill’s best overall season was 1985, with 64 receptions for a career high 1169 yards and 9 TD catches.
Ken Burrough (6906)—Ken Burrough played for the Oilers most of his career, from 1971 to 1981, and ranks third in their history with 6906 receiving yards. Burrough made the Pro Bowl twice and his best season was one of those Pro Bowl years, 1975. That year, Burrough had career highs in receptions (53), receiving yards (1063) and touchdowns (8).
Charley Hennigan (6823)—Charley Hennigan had a relatively brief career, but during that time (all with the Oilers from 1960 to 1966) he was one of the game’s all-time great receivers. Hennigan ranks fourth in Oilers/Titans’ history with 6823 receiving yards, and he made the Pro Bowl five times, including three times as first team All Pro. Hennigan had a career high 101 catches in 1964, but his best overall season was 1961, with 82 receptions for career highs in yards (1746, led the league) and TD catches (12). The 1746 yards are also the third-highest total for a single season in AFL/NFL history.
Haywood Jeffires (6119)—Haywood Jeffires played most of his career in Houston, from 1987 to 1995, and ranks fifth in franchise history with 6119 receiving yards. Jeffires made the Pro Bowl three times, including once as a first team All Pro. That All Pro year was also Jeffires’ best, 1991, with career highs in receptions (100) and receiving yards (1181), with 7 touchdown catches.
Derrick Mason (6114)—Derrick Mason has played most of his NFL career with the Titans, from 1997 to 2004, and he and Steve McNair formed one of the great QB/WR tandems. Mason ranks sixth in team history with 6114 receiving yards, and he made the Pro Bowl with Tennessee, once as a first team All Pro. Mason had his best season in 2003, when he caught 95 passes for a career high 1303 yards and 8 TD receptions.
Frank Wycheck (4958)—Tight end Frank Wycheck began his career with Washington, but played most of it with the Oilers and Titans from 1995 to 2003. Wycheck may best be remembered as a player for his role in the Music City Miracle play, but he also ranks seventh in Oilers/Titans history with 4958 receiving yards. Wycheck’s best season was 1998, one of three Pro Bowl seasons he had, with career highs in receptions (70) and receiving yards (768) with 2 touchdown catches.
Drew Bennett (4033)—Drew Bennett played for the Titans from 2001 to 2006 and still ranks eighth in their history with 4033 receiving yards. Bennett had his best season in 2004, with career highs in receptions (80), receiving yards (1247), and TD catches (11).
Curtis Duncan (3935)—Curtis Duncan played his entire career in Houston, from 1987 to 1993, and ranks ninth in the team’s history with 3935 receiving yards. Duncan made the Pro Bowl in 1992, which was his best season. That year, Duncan had career highs in catches (82) and receiving yards (954) with 1 touchdown.
Chris Sanders (3285)—Chris Sanders played his entire career with the Oilers/Titans franchise, from 1995 to 2001, and ranks tenth in their history with 3285 receiving yards. Sanders had his best season in 1996, with career highs in receptions (48) and receiving yards (882), with 4 TD catches.