Who Has The Most Receiving Yards In NFL History?

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Top-10 Players With Most Receiving Yards In NFL History

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Receivers are some of the most glorified players in the NFL outside of quarterbacks, and receiving yards is one of the easiest ways to judge their play. A lot of it has to do with situation such as the quarterback throwing the ball, but either way, seven of the top-10 receiving yards leaders are in the NFL Hall of Fame at the time this article was posted.

Here are the 10 receivers with the most receiving yards in NFL history.

1. Jerry Rice, 22,895 - Jerry Rice is widely considered the best receiver of all-time, and he led the NFL in receiving yards six different seasons. Rice and his 1,848 receiving yards back in 1995 was a single-season league record for 17 years. Rice topped 1,000 receiving yards 14 times, which is an NFL record in itself.

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2. Larry Fitzgerald, 17,083 - Larry Fitzgerald has played in at least 13 games in all 16 seasons and has surpassed 1,000 receiving yards nine different times. Keep in mind Fitzgerald has dealt with a lot of poor quarterbacks throughout his career, so he could have easily threatened the top spot if he was in a better situation.

3. Terrell Owens, 15,934 - Terrell Owens never led the league in receiving yards, but he’s had more than 1,000 receiving yards nine times in his career and is the only player in NFL history with a 200-yard receiving game with three different teams. Owens is also second all-time on the San Francisco 49ers receiving yard list with 8,572 yards.

4. Randy Moss, 15,292 - Through his first six seasons, Randy Moss produced 8,375 receiving yards and had the most receiving yards (10,700) before his 30th birthday. Moss has 10 seasons of 1,000-plus receiving yards, which is second all-time. Moss also has 41 100-yard receiving games, which is a Minnesota Viking record.

5. Isaac Bruce, 15,208 - Isaac Bruce topped 1,000 receiving yards eight times in his career and led the league in 1996 with 1,338 receiving yards, which was just his third year in the league. Bruce holds the St. Louis / Los Angeles Rams all-time record with 14,109 receiving yards.

6. Tony Gonzalez, 15,127 - Tony Gonzalez is unique given that he’s the only tight end on this list and is somebody who helped change the position forever. Gonzalez had more than 1,000 receiving yards four times in his career and holds the Kansas City Chiefs all-time record with 10,940 receiving yards.

7. Tim Brown, 14,934 - Tim Brown topped 1,000 receiving yards every single season from 1993 to 2001. It took Brown a few years to get his career off the ground, but he didn’t slowdown once it was in motion. Brown holds the Los Angeles / Oakland Raiders all-time record with 14,734 receiving yards.

8. Steve Smith, 14,731 - Steve Smith had more than 1,000 receiving yards eight times in his career and led the league in receiving yards with 1,563 in 2005. Smith holds countless Carolina Panthers records, including being their all-time leading receiver with 12,197 receiving yards.

9. Marvin Harrison, 14,580 - Marvin Harrison led the NFL in receiving yards in 1999 and 2002, and he averaged 1,402.4 receiving yards per season from 1999 to 2006. Harrison holds the NFL record with four straight seasons of at least 1,400 receiving yards, and he’s the Indianapolis Colts all-time leading receiver with every yard of his career going to the franchise.

10. Reggie Wayne, 14,345 - Reggie Wayne led the NFL with 1,510 receiving yards in 2007 and averaged 1,264.1 receiving yards from 2004 to 2010. Like Harrison, Wayne played his entire career in Indianapolis and is second all-time in receiving yards in franchise history.

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