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Top 10 Best NFL Wide Receivers of All Time

Garry looks at the Top 10 Best NFL Wide Receivers of All Time

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In different generations, the NFL has produced wide receivers with strong hands, speed, intelligence, leaping ability, and poise when the game is on the line. I took my factors into consideration in determining the best receiver of All-Time and here is my list:

 

Top 10 Best NFL  Wide Receivers of All Time

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1. Jerry Rice

It would be tough to find an argument against Jerry Rice being labled the best wide receiver of al time. Rice had 1,549 receptions, 22,895 yards, and 197 touchdowns in his 20-year career in the NFL. Rice accumulated 23,540 all purpose yards, 22,895 receiving, 645 rushing, and 6 from punt returns. Rice won three Super Bowl rings with the San Franciso 49ers.

From stats vantage point, Rice's NFL records will be difficult to reach as his numbers are are so far above other wide receivers. Rice was always in the right place at the right time receiving those catches no matter who his quarterback was.

2. Randy Moss

When it comes to athleticism, Randy Moss possesses the speed and the length. Moss was always a threat downfield and was sophisticated for the deep passes. Moss played on two of the best teams of his generation, the 16-0 Patriots and the 15-1 Vikings. Unluckily, Moss came up short on both occasions of winning a Super Bowl.

One of the NFL records that Moss owns is 23 touchdowns in a single season when he played with Tom Brady in New England. Moss may not have had the long career like Rice, yet he had 954 receptions, 14,858 yards, and 153 touchdowns; all huge numbers.

3. Terrell Owens

Whatever team he played on  Terrell Owens was a threat. As the only wide receiver to score at least a touchdown against the 32 teams, Owens will be remembered as a powerful receiver with mighty arms and strong legs. T.O. collected 1,078 receptions, 15,934 yards, and 153 touchdowns. Owens was one of the reasons why the 49ers could afford to let go of Jerry Rice. Owens played in a Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles, losing to the New England Patriots.

4. Marvin Harrison

Harrison maybe overshadowed because he had one of the greatest quarterbacks, Peyton Manning, but he still had to make the moves to catch the football. Harrison was the best when it comes to running routes and his ability to find the ball and to grab it with force was a distinct ability. Harrison accumulated 1,102 receptions, 14,580 yards, and 128 touchdowns all with the Colts.

5. Paul Warfield

Paul Warfield's jumping ability separates him from others in his generation. Warfield averaged 20.1 yards per reception. Warfield was a key player for the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins. In his Hall of Fame career, Warfield had 427 receptions, 8,565 yards, and 85 touchdowns.

6. Michael Irvin

In the era of the Dallas Cowboys from 1991-1995, there was no name in the NFL more popular than Michael Irvin. Irvin caught passes that impacted the games that led to his nickname, "The Playmaker". irvin was a leader of the three Super Bowl winners in Dallas. In his 11 year career, Irvin collected 750 receptions, 11,904 yards, and 65 touchdowns.

7. Chris Carter

Chris Carter played wide receiver with such strong grip of the ball that of the many passes thrown to him, only few were dropped. Carter had 1,101 receptions, 13,899 yards, 130 touchdowns and is a member of the Hall of Fame.

8. Tim Brown

Tim Brown played alongside Jerry Rice for the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII. Brown has earned his spot as part of the Top 10 as he had 1,094 receptions, 14,934 yards, and 100 touchdowns.

9. Steve Largent

Steve Largent didn’t have the speed and athletic ability that others have, but he was one of the best wide receivers of his time. Largent played with wisdom and used his strong hands to his advantage against defenders. Considered as one of the best, Largent retired having the most receiving yards, touchdowns, and receptions. Largent had 819 receptions, 13,089 yards, and 100 touchdowns.

10. Calvin Johnson

Calivin Johnson could end up higher on this list after his career is over.  "Megatron" has 572 receptions, 9,328 yards, and 66 touchdowns. Johnson's jumping ability provides him the luxury to catch the ball over his defenders.

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