Best NFL Wide Receivers of All Time

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The Top Ten

1
Jerry Rice
His nickname is GOAT. (Greatest of all Time) Holds basically every record anyone as a wide receiver would want.
Jerry Rice, hands down the Greatest of All Time.
* The Following Statements are not to deny the Greatness of the players mentioned (they are just not better than JR)
1. Alworth was not faster than Jerry Rice (crack is whack)
2. Moss did play on the 15-1 Vikings and 16-0 Patriots (wow, where's the SB Ring? Laugh out loud)
3. Stop with the WR's used to get mugged on every play, I was around during that era and some WRs were mugged (they generally weren't good at getting off of the line of scrimmage and they were in a 3 point stance, of course they got mugged)
4. Lynn Swann shouldn't even be in this conversation (and I'm a Lynn Swann fan)
5. Hutson was great, but really how many teams were good at defending the pass in those days, since the emphasis was the rushing attack;75% rushing 25% passing (talk about the element of surprise)
6. You can have Alworths 85 TDs over 11 years, I'll take Rices 146 TDs
Okay, the Dwayne Jarrett vote was just hilarious, and Darell Green was a cornerback, for god's sake! Some people are just stupid, especially the ones who spelled Cris Carter's name wrong. Anyways, Rice is number 1, and will be for a long, long time.
[Newest]Best out of the west cris carter ain't nothing
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2Randy Moss
Randy Moss, the most athletic wide receiver ever. He is faster and more athletic than Rice and Harrison. He is less consistent and his awareness is not as nice but that doesn't mean it isn't amazing. Put three defenders on him "Mangini" and he'll still catch over all of them 60 yards deep. The biggest deep and TD threat the game has ever seen. If he had played with the Patriots right after the Vikings he would have amazing stats right now, as if he already doesn't. Doesn't get as many catches as Harrison or Rice and never will because he is to busy going deep and scoring. The biggest difference maker on a team "if" used properly. Played on both 15-1 vikings and 16-0 Patriots. If you have a good quarterback and a solid defense you're basically guaranteed at least 12 wins with this dude. Behavior could be better and he could be more modest, but hey with his talent you know you're better than everyone else. Third best receiver ever to Rice and Harrison.
Not just an airheaded, brash deep threat. Great student of the game and well liked by his teammates. Perceived as arrogant because he knows more about what he does and how he should be used than most coaches and he gets impatient. Many geniuses are this way. Hard for them to take orders from and respect those who don't get it. Part of their freedom and creativity. They just express... One on one, the greatest receiver in NFL history hands down. Remember his first year in the league? Denny Green started getting pissed when Randall Cunningham would just throw it up there to Moss like a sandlot game. But after Moss consistently came down with it (even battling 2 or 3 defenders), Green started saying, "I think you got something there. Yeah, just keep doing that. " Of course, you have to give the short and mid range receiving crown to Rice. Shorter and more compact, so was able to juke better and get open (like Cris Carter). But, one on one, open field, Moss leaves them all in the dust.
Let just say this- No one strikes fear into the heart of defenses more then Randy Moss in his prime. NOBODY. I really can't think of a player (non-quarterback) who commanded and changed the game like Randy Moss. Hell, Moss was so good, the Cover 2 HAD TO BE INVENTED to stop such an amazing deep threat, and yet Moss still dominated. Jerry Rice may be the greatest ever OVERALL, but the best deep threat the game has ever seen and probably will ever see, is Randy Moss. I feel sorry for these young kids who couldn't witness Moss in his REAL prime with MN, because I guarantee you no one was more talented and more awesome. One on one, NO CORNER IN THE HISTORY OF THE GAME could take Moss 1 on 1. Not Deon Sanders (Moss was just as fast, if not faster, and could easily outleap him), not Champ Bailey (Bailey would pull a hammy trying to hang with Moss' speed), not Rod Woodson (Randy would blow by him so fast... ), nobody.
[Newest]He was the most athletic receiver of all time I would take him over rice any day
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3Terrell Owens
T.O. is probably the biggest difference maker on a team when it comes to wide receivers. He always makes his team better. This is all assuming he likes he's QB enough to play but think about it. He helped the Eagles get to a superbowl who made 4 consecutive NFC championship trips. He helped the cowboys get to the playoffs two consecutive years. Sure as far as behavior he is last on the list but he knows his worth. Not as athletic as Rice or Moss but one of the strongest every to play the position. He could catch the ball at the 7 and drag it about 5-6 more yards. Also second to Rice he is the most clutch receiver. Dubbed "The Catch II" Owens droped 3 passes in that playoff game until catching the game winning touchdown amidst 3 defenders. Then coming off an injury he had an amazing superbowl performance despite a losing effort. In all his playoff games sure he mouthed off but he never played bad. T.O. aside from the Jessica Simpson saga seems to be meshing with Romo so unless Romo or the rest of the team messes up that bad he will perform in the playoffs.
Maybe not as good as Jerry, but nobody is. His numbers are better than Mosses! About 100 receptions and 65o yards in exchange for 3 touchdowns in only 1 more game played. And don't say the whole "Moss was better in his prime" thing, because year by year, from 1998 to 2010 not including 2005, Moss was better 5 times, T.O. was better 6 times, and they tied once. In an average year during their prime, Moss averaged 33 more yards, but 1 less td and 4 less receptions. T.O. has more yards per game and receptions per game throughout his career. It's T.O. over Randy Moss (Although Don Hutson and Jerry Rice are better than both of them)
Look at who has the better stats
Number don't lie Owens is second in everything behind the best all time Jerry Rice. Ya'll need to wake up
[Newest]Should not be even close to 3

4Cris Carter
1) Jerry Rice 2) Cris Carter There is nothing to discuss. Best hands of all time, unbelievable route runner and clutch performer. This list is a disgrace.
Best hands ever. Runs the best routes ever. No one could stop him. He made the most one handers ever. Is the best boundary receiver ever. He scored at least 130 TDs which for your info is more TDs than half of the of the other guys on this list.
Can't believe he got passed on the HOF today for 2008! He is one of the top 10 WR of all time and he got passed up! This guy invented the toe drag catch as he's going out of bounds! Now everyone is doing it because of him! If you needed a first down I would pick Carter over any other WR ever! HOF committee made a monstrous mistake today! Awesome awesome WR! Moss and Carter was the best WR tandem (deep threat/possession receiver combo) of all time!
[Newest]Cris carter is good enough to be at no.3
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5Marvin Harrison
Marvin Harrison has more receiving yards then TO and Randy moss. He also won a superbowl unlike TO or Randy Moss. So in what sense are those to better. The only receiver that is better then Marvin Harrison is maybe Jerry Rice because Jerry had the best player who ever played the game Joe Montana. I understand Marvin had peyton so that's why their is a maybe.
Great all around receiver and always a threat on 3rd down, as well as the deep ball.
The best Duo of all times is Peyton and Marvin look at the stats, look at the history. He had the right QB at the right time.
[Newest]143 Catches in a single season. That's more than nine catches every game. Show me anyone that has come anywhere close to that.

6Michael Irvin
T.O. shouldn't even be on this list he's always dropping passes yet he's above A Hall of Famer Just think about what Irvin did to get here and then think about what T.O. when he's dropping passes
I think he should be the best receiver of all time but he can't pass Jerry Rice in this competition Jerry Rice is clearly the greatest in the history of the National football league (NFL)
3 rings and look at the stats please
[Newest]Unstoppable! Pure Talent and skill!

7Lance Alworth
By far the best wide receiver ever, while Jerry Rice is a close second, I have seen both players up close and cheered for both of them, Lance Alworth did it under Sid Gilman and Al Davis, while Jerry Rice was using the Bill Walsh offense. Bill Walsh learned the offense while in San Diego and had the Sid Gilman, Al Davis, (Paul Brown)tutelage and perfected it before being hired as head coach of San Francisco. The offense evolved to a point where it was unstop-able, because of many factors including, fudging the cap by 50 million. How else could you keep all the players on one team. The cap was only 50 million, so by fudging another 50 million Ed Bartolio built a dynasty. Lance Alworth played when the AFL wasn't even considered a real league. To be able to do what Lance did is extraordinary!
Lance Alworth had more speed than Jerry Rice. He played during an era in which defensive backs could virtually mug receivers throughout their route. Furthermore, Alworth was a fantastic blocker on running plays. Lance Alworth, with Paul Warfield a close second, are the best wide receivers in professional football since 1960. Prior to 1960, the best wide receiver was Don Hutson.
Are you kidding me? For what he did during his era he is unmatched. Seriously the guy created modern day football.
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Bill Walsh was offense cord for Don Coryell and the Chargers. West coast offense started in San Diego. Nobody beats Bambie.

8Calvin Johnson
This guy better step up or the lions should get a better QB. Too much talent and potential to let go wasted. The dude is 6-5 240 lbs. He's a beast. He has the third best 40-yard dash time after Randy Moss and Deion Sanders (and we all know what they did in history). He has the second best vertical after Randy Moss. This dude also has Marvin Harrison style modesty. Imagine that Randy Moss Marvin Harrison. I know I'm getting ahead of myself but I seriously want to see him develop and quick. The next Jerry Rice or better, not likely (especially considering Jerry Rice came into the league with a Hall of Fame QB at the helm, Montana, not no John Kitna) but hopefully he comes close to it. One of the best college wide receivers ever hopefully one of the best NFL wide receivers ever.

yougnr1116

I would vote for rice or moss but honestly I think Calvin has the skill to be #1. I agree with you, I'm not even a lions fan but if he could get on a team even like the Rams or Browns he could be great not to mention if he was on a team with a quarter back like the Saints or Chargers. If the lions get rid of stafford and stanton soon he might have enough time to build up his career stats and at least get out of the 20s. Skillwise I think the best receivers are 1 calvin johnson 2 Randy moss 3 jerry rice 4 greg jennings 5 torry holt
Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson are a great pair. Stafford broke almost as many records as Drew Brees and Tom Brady, he was just under their shadow. Stafford is a great Quarterback. What he did this year is amazing considering he had no running game. Then we have Johnson who's beast. He can break any coverage. And, 2 games with over 200 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 1681 yards. Can't touch that
[Newest]He should be moved up
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9Steve Largent
Never a quality quarterback throwing to him and he was not afraid to go over the middle.
Best hands ever, no contest, should be #1.
It did help he had great QB's throwing it his way.
No receiver comes close to his amazing catches!
Plus he is one of the top quality people in all of sports.
Steve not only didn't have a good QB throwing to him but his TEAM was pretty terrible for most of his career because Seattle was an expansion team in 1976. Therefor the defense knew that Steve was Seattle's only offensive weapon and applied their defensive strategy to stop him. Seattle's D also terrible so they played from behind a lot. Despite this, Steve Largent put up number and clutch performances that made him one of, if not the, best in the game.
[Newest]Best hands, hands down.

10Don Hutson
None of the rest of these receivers would even have jobs if not for Don Hutson.

He led the league in touchdowns and receiving to a degree no other wide out on this list ever approached.
8 first team all-pro awards.
In the inaugural HOF class; of all the players who have ever laced up cleats, he was on the short list of the best from ALL positions, not just WR.
Hutson still holds the following records:
Most seasons leading league in pass receptions (8),
Most consecutive seasons leading league in pass receptions (5),
Most seasons leading league in pass receiving yards gained (7),
Most consecutive seasons leading league in pass receiving yards gained (4),
Most seasons leading league in pass receiving touchdowns (9),
Most seasons leading the league in total touchdowns (8),
Most consecutive seasons leading league in pass receiving touchdowns (5),
Most seasons leading league in scoring (5), and
Most consecutive seasons leading league in scoring

His 99 receiving touchdowns was a career record that held for 44 years.

Oh, he played definitely as well, and led the league in INT's.
Tied for first with Jerry Rice. Dominated the league in receiving; even led the league in interceptions!
This guy put up stats that blew away everyone in his era
[Newest]He had 1200 yards in 7 games that's like 2500 now

The Contenders

11Tim Brown
Ok, I know this can't be right. Brown along with Carter out of the top 10 when you have guys like Steve Smith and Chad Johnson ahead of them. Moss and TO are also questionable but I am not trying to take anything away from them. Some of those guys are good but this is of all time and Brown should be in the top 5 for sure. In a lot of the major records, he is ranked 2nd to only Rice yet still doesn't get the respect he deserves

ColdJ3

I agree. Ridiculous that he's not in the top 10. Brown retired with 14,934 receiving yards, the second-highest total in NFL history, 1,094 receptions (3rd), and 100 touchdown catches (3rd-Tied).
Rice, Brown and Largent are the top three, but most of those today wouldn't last in the days when the receiver was blasted all the way down the field. Moss and T.O are too soft. Art Monk was one great receiver.
[Newest]No Tim brown is number one!?

12Lynn Swann
Lynn Swann is a great wide receiver. If you replay his plays you will be very good plays.

dum

He's much better than crybaby loudmouth terrell owens

jwileson

I am a STEELERS FAN, enough said! My team, PITTSBURGH STEELERS had some awesome WR's and Swann is definitely on that list; he was a joy to watch.
[Newest]Under rated in this poll. Better in his day than TO for sure.


13Larry Fitzgerald
He is a player that can grab 1,000 receiving yards in a season even with a trained zebra as QB and that's what makes him the best. He doesn't rely on a strong passer, and that's most important. Anyone can be good if he has to catch passes by Brady or Montana, but Leinart?
Very gifted wide out, excellent hands and has the ability and mentality to be the best their is
He is so good, top 5 at least! This is just the beginning, he will be one of the greatest of all time, Arizona Cardinals best player
[Newest]Larry Fitzgerald is one of the best wide receivers ever I say top ten at least

14Andre Johnson
toughest reciever to ever play. his game does the talking for him unlike the mouths of a to or chad ochodinco. I would still rank rice #1 but by the time the beast retires hell be #1
Andre has Matt Schaub throwing to him and still makes OUTSTANDING plays. If you give him any one of the quarterbacks that these other athletes have he would demolish the record books.
He is amazing watch his highlights. He beats his man by fifteen yards every throw. If he had a Joe Montana there is no doubt in my mind he would be as good if not better than Rice
[Newest]Most physical, best catching receiver of all time

15Chad Ochocinco
Chad Johnson is one of the top 5 withe receivers in the NFL right now maybe top 10 all-time. His athletic talent is unbelievable. The dude is tall, amazing quickness and nice cuts. He outran a race horse, like seriously. He is not as fast as Randy Moss, does not have as great route running ability or hands such as Marvin Harrison, and does not have the consistency of Jerry Rice. He is a step or two under all those categories but that is still amazing considering the aforementioned players are the best in NFL history at those crafts. Playing alongside a future Hall of Famer quarterback such as Carson Palmer doesn't hurt. As long as the guy doesn't get traded (nor Palmer) and doesn't have season or career ending injuries (or Palmer) he will rack up stats that might put him in top ten categories when it comes to receptions, yards, and touchdowns all-time. He also has some of the best touchdown dances ever and the dude doesn't care if he is fined for it, he'll continue it and that's why we love him. Modesty could be a bit better still. If he, Palmer, or the entire team could step up and he has some postseason success he along with Palmer will go down as some of the best at their positions. They are already in the top five or ten QB-WR duos ever in a league that consists of; Manning and Harrison, Brady and Moss, Montanna and Rice, Young and Rice. Very Nice Group and they all won superbowls together (Moss is about to). Go Ocho Cinco!

yougnr1116

The brother has greater speed then jerry faster then terrel and one of the best hands in nfl history no doubt at least top 5 I'm sad to see people like terrel and irvin ahead of the legendary chad johnson
He has hands. Look up the video "ocho cinco can't be touched"
[Newest]I don't think fitzgerald is better than Chad johnson.


16Wes Welker
I don't think they give wes a lot of credit down his field stuff because he so known of his short routes but he is very explosive down the field to he should be much more higher than Andre reed because he doesn't have 4 seasons with 110 reception.
Nothing against Welker but A. Reed played in the 1/2 spots not the slot. Also Welker plays in an era where it's a pass heavy league. Most of those seasons in NE the pats threw the ball 75-80% of their offensive plays. Welker is a beast, but if he A. Reed played his role now he'd be killing with stats as well
John Madden says he is quick.
[Newest]He plays for the broncos


17Reggie Wayne
Amazing route runner, right behind marvin harrison!
Reg is an awesome route runner does not drop the ball and is number 7 all time and will finish number 1.
how do you get timed so slow and put up these kind of numbers this kid is the exact duplicate of rice.

18Isaac Bruce
Isaac Bruce [Reverand Ike to those who truly love him] will no doubt end up in the top 5 of all time for yardage. possibly for catches as well. Never ran his mouth. [very Monk like in that respect] T. O. and Moss can maybe carry his pads for him when he retires... if they are lucky!
He should be at least 5 come on. He has the number 1receiving yards, number 5 in receptions, and number 9 in touch downs and number 2 in average. He also has multiple recording records, was a great leader and is the rams won the super bowl! He has it all. And how can moss be 2 the only thing he beat Bruce in was the 40 yard dash! Everyone that voted has seen Randy play and is why they vote for him.
Smoothest route runner of all time. Great down field blocker as well, sprung blocks for Bettis, Marshall Faulk, and Steven Jackson. Old school baby! Pro bowler and super bowl champion. Life time RAM! Hall of famer for sure.
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Laugh out loud 19th is ridiculously low. This guy is one of the 5 best route runners that ever played football.

19Brandon Marshall
Current record holder for most receptions in a game

Puppy_Dawgie

Great player can catch almost anything did you see that catch in the pro bowl where he hit the ball of his shoe amazing
I like him because he can catch if you through the ball up he will make a big play that's why I vote for him

By daniel devine
[Newest]He catch every thing and he good


20Roddy White
Extremely good player, injuries have been affecting him lately sadly. He is often overlooked because he plays beside such talented wide outs, Julio jones and tiny Gonzales but is Atlantas greatest wide receiver of all time
Roddy white is the greatest wide receiver in the history if football
he is beast and he will catch anything you throw at him
[Newest]Best offensive player in falcons history

21Raymond Berry
One of the most precise route runners of all times. The younger guys don't know but he out thought and out worked the defenses. He also, worked with Unitas to set up plays based on the tendencies of the offense. He is a top 10 all time.
He was a pioneer that paved the way for others to follow who improved the position with analytical preparation that enhanced his natural abilities.
Easily top 5. Played in a shorter season and without the sissified rules that is in place today that opens up the passing game.
You can count the number of drop passes in his career on your hand.
Lastly when he scored, which was often, he didn't show boat like many of today's receivers do.
[Newest]Should be considered in same sentence with Jerry Rice. Check how many passages he dropped during career.

22Andre Reed
You cannot put chad ocho cinco over this guy not even michael irvin is better then him... Best run after catch wr of all time next to jerry rice... There was a play where andre went across the middle and he breaks six or seven tackles and scores
He lead the K-Gun offense and should be in the Hall of Fame
Absolute joke, Andre was a clutch over the middle receiver. Finally honored with his introduction into the hall of fame, something most of these clowns will never do
[Newest]He should be in top 20

23Paul Warfield
Paul Warfield is the best wide receiver in NFL History. An ultimate weapon, he had 85 touchdowns on teams that ran the ball first. He averaged 20 yds a catch over his career. His receptions to touchdowns ratio is one of the highest in NFL History. He was instumental in helping his teams great running games by being a great blocker and keeping defences from stacking up against the run because of his big play ability. He went over the middle with no fear and played during an era where defensive backs knocked receivers all over the place.
He was a track star in college in the sprints and long jump. He had an unbelievable 20 yards per reception career average. He was incredible to watch. Great hands, great leaping ability, and beautiful pass routes. Should be rated in the top ten.
Obviously a young polling group. Paul Warfield's statistics stood out even though he played on two of the best running teams in the history of the NFL (Browns of the 1960's and the Dolphins of the early 70's. Still one of the top yds per reception averages in the history of the NFL. Speed, Hands, blocking down field, clutch and could get open in double coverage.
[Newest]Sweetness of the 60s and 70s

24Art Monk
Check out how many catches this Redskin had, during Super Bowl years.
Art Monk was the best at what he did. He did it within the regular season, post-season or superbowls. He was the best of his era. He caught many balls during the seasons he played and stood out as a quiet leader.
This voting is tilted to current and near current players with no consideration for accomplishments in the era and competition in which a player competed.
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Why is he not in the top fifteen

25Fred Biletnikoff
... this is absolutely the most ridiculous rating of receivers imaginable. Listing Fred Biletnikoff off the Top 10 of all time, is like listing Seattle Slew off the Top 10 list of greatest thoroughbreds...
The man never dropped a pass, always made himself an easy target for every QB he played with, with moves so subtle and precise that he made the defenders look like they were stuck in the mud... with 1 last drive left to win the game, this is the man I'd want out there... He's Top 5 in my book... do your research guys and study a little history...
I'm a Rams fan but Fred could do something these youngsters can't - catch everything thrown to him - he is definitely top ten. This poll is skewed by the younger voters.
Freddie B from FSU was the main reason stick-um was banned from NFL. Damn that southern boy could play...

damersh

Fred played at Florida, and Lester Hayes was responsible for the stickum, after he had 3 picks and the Raiders routed the Steelers in the 76 AFC CG.

Garebare48

[Newest]This is crazy how is he not higher

26Steve Smith
94? Seriously? This guy had the TRIPLE CROWN of receiving in football in 05. Only 3 players have ever done that before. Consistent 1000 yard seasons led to him being one of the best wide outs in the league. Plays with one of the biggest hearts in the NFl, and no one can touch him when he gets on fire.
steve smith is the best he is fast has endurance he is just the best ever jerry rice is good but steve smith is 28 or 29 and he is still good amazing
22nd in all time recieving yards unbelievable passion and heart and he still has 4 more years left
He should be above roddy white, Donald driver, plaxico burress, Hines ward, dez Bryant, Wes welker, chad Johnson, Andre Johnson or, Calvin Johnson.
[Newest]Amazing all I can say

27Sterling Sharp
I always felt that if not for the neck injury, we would be talking about Sterling has the best receiver to ever play the game. He had better speed than Rice, he was stronger & more physical than Rice, & he had incredible hands like Rice. He'll always be one of my all-time favorites long after people have forgotten about him as far as the record books show
Better stats then a lot of players on list for such a short career. Put his numbers next to Rice 1st 7 years in league and while rice has better numbers Sterling is not far behind.
He was the only good receiver on the team, everyone on the defense knew the ball was coming to him, and he still caught a record number of passes.

28Dez Bryant
By the end of his career he will be a HOF WR and known as one of the greatest receivers of all time! Mark my Words...
Soon to be best cowboy wide receiver of all time
Dez is a BEAST!

29Rod Smith
Rod's story is an inspiring one. It really is something to look up to. An he put up great numbers. He was a big time producer, eight 1000 yard receiving years and was a winner, 2 super bowl wins. He deserves to be much higher than Ocho, steve smith, and some of the guys still playing
are you kidding me? rod is not higher? lets see.. he is the all time leader in yards, rec, rec td's among all NON DRAFTED PLAYERS EVER! come on now..
... it shud b Rod smith here...
[Newest]He played for the Broncos!

30Greg Jennings
Most underrated player in NFL history... LOOK AT HIM, future hall of famer.
Greg jennings is the best

31John Stallworth
He should be in the ten 10, people review the stats please, he still holds records and he hasn't played since 1987. Super star status!
GO Steelers! GO Steelers! GO Steelers! GO Steelers! GO Steelers!
I can not believe in good conscience Stalworth was not in the top ten.GO STEELERS!!!

shirllene828

Higher up on the list... #30 is way too low!
[Newest]Should have been a lot higher. He was awesome!

32Tory Holt
Ranks #1 All-Time in yards per game which is over ten yards more then randy moss is was second, only player in history to have 1300+ yards 6 years in a row, best route runner in the game, on pace to rank in top 5 all-time in yards, catches and touchdowns, better hands then T.O could dream of (T.O lead the league in drops in 2006) and he is doing all this while sharing the load with issac bruce and steven jackson. Will end up in the Hall of Fame and ranked in top 5 all time in my opinion. Hes also a superbowl champion.
Holt Holt Holt....defently top 5, owns probowl best hands 5 years in a row, 7 thousand yards seasons and has better hands then anybody...must of cought bricks whn he was a kid, makes 70mph balls slamming into his hands look easy!
Torry Holt is a deep threat..he is great...a good WR..and he will be a future hall of famer.
[Newest]Holt is the face of the Rams franchise.

33Jordy Nelson
If he can avoid injuries for 10 years there's no question he'll be at the top of the list. Just look at his stats for every year since his rookie season, excluding 2012 when he was out for most of the season and played injured the rest of that season. He's as fast as a cheetah (went to college on a track scholarship, not a football scholarship) hard to tackle, great hands, great ball control, impeccable timing, leaps like a gazel, always has his head in the game and makes great blocks when he's not receiving. Oh, and plus, he is absolutely amazing on special teams when there's an onside kick; 9 times out of 10 he's the one who comes up with the ball.

The only reason he's not nearer the top of this list is he's still new to the league and missed most of the 2012 season. Check back in 10 years and he'll be in the top 10. Rodgers to Nelson is a better power duo than Bradshaw to Swan.
He's the best in all time.
He got 15 TDs this season and he did better than any Packers WRs. He even didn't got injured this season too, and he even got the first TD at Superbowl 45!

34Wesley Walker
Use to give the Dolphins nightmares. Had some of his biggest games against them.
He should be ranked higher along with Stallworth and Morgan. Wesley is the reason I began watching the NFL in '78. He ran by dbs like the weren't there. I saw him in 87 on mnf vs a your corner from Patriots that he left 20 yards behind and had to stop and wait for the pass from Ken O'Brien to get to him... He was awesome!

35Jimmy Smith
REALLY!? He was the soul of Jacksonville!
My Man, could flat out get it done. Carried Jacksonville for many years. Should be in Hall of Fame within the next couple years. In the top 10 in all major stats for withe outs.
Way under rated. Should at the least be in the top ten. Crazy hands. Are you serious?

36Hines Ward
Not as big of an athletic talent as some of the names on this list, but he knew how to get open, had excellent hands, blocked better than any receiver, and was tough as they come. The thing I loved most about watching him play was to see him take a bone-rattling hit and just pop up off the ground with a big smile on his face.
Hines Ward and Isaac Bruce are both VERY underrated, they are two of the best of all time. Jerry Rice I agree number one easy. T.O. should not be that high up at all, I don't care what stats show, he needs to stop eating the popcorn it gives him, wait for it... Butter fingers.

steelerfan_1743

Not only does he excell as a receiver but he's a team player who doesn't hesitate to block for his teammates or do whatever it takes to advance the Steelers as a whole.

37A. J. Green
Greatest of all time, young, fast, tall and a 5;8 wingspan it just don't get any better than that. I almost forgot the best one, future super bowl MVP!
He's the new kid on the block doing it big..

When it's all done top 10 mark my words

38Drew Pearson
Deep threat early in his career and could always make the tough catch in the middle. The original Cowboy #88!
He does not have the numbers the newer guys have, but he is prototype for the modern day clutch receivers.
the most clutch receiver ever

39Plaxico Burress
he is a monster. Leading his team to the superbowl this year

40John Jefferson
John was a class act, team player and REALLY was one of the greatest WR of all time. Not like these press/camera grabbing fools of today.

paulbrown1

Possibly the best pair of hands to ever play the game. Every catch was highlight material
Every catch was a world-class catch.
[Newest]Best of the best

41Anquan Boldin
One of the Toughest WR the the NFL has ever seen. While not the gratest athlete to ever play the game, he would out muscle a CB rather than out run one. He has sure, strong hands, some of the best in the NFL. While he is not as great as the guys in the top ten, this guy deserves higher than 57
They are going to the Super Bowl! Yes he's the only reason they are there. Without him the team would stink awfully. The ravens should be glad that they had a chance to meet this cool dude!

42James Lofton
"Arguably the best deep threat of all time. An eight time pro bowler and maybe the best long range speed and hands combination ever. Held the all-time receiving record at time of retirement. "Overcame extreme adversity and renewed his image in the NFL. Possibly the most inspirational play as a veteran ever by having over a thousand yards at the age of 35 although playing in an arsenal of wide receivers such as Andre Reed on the Buffalo Bills in the early nineties. "

uhprodigy80

Best Long Range Speed and hands combination ever . Doesn't have
as much credit as he deserves because of early altercations in his career. 14,004 career yards multiple plays of 70 yards or more in career.

uhprodigy80

Lofton deserves to be in the top 10. Never even in a pass oriented offense but was a hard nosed, ultra talented football player with the stats to match.

43Marquis Colston
Most underrated receiver of all time. The guy is essesntially famous for being underrated but only gets love from saints fans and sports enthusiasts. In one of the most diva positions in all of sports he is a quiet, humble guy who year in and year out produces.
One. Of the best that the saints. Have!

44Andre Rison
In their prime as WR'S I would want Andre on my team him and Fred B. From Oakland.

45Herman Moore
he caught everything. he just was never blessed with a good team in detroit

keeno68


46Victor Cruz
He is a beast you are crazy if you don't rank him top 20.
SALSA ON!
Top 20 for sure

47Miles Austin
He should not be even mentioned on this list
Amazing, absolutely amazing, his concistancy is phenominal and his talent to make something out of nothing, making Tony Romo look even better.

48Donald Driver
One of the toughest to play the position. Only missed one game in his career to injury. At his age and still putting up big numbers. Right up there with Hines Ward in toughness and ability.
Give the DD some love. Posting big numbers year after year, and looking for SB glory!
Donald Driver has some of the best hands in football history Randy Moss really needs to learn how to respect the game of football, seriously. T.O. needs to know he's not the best ever. Shut your traps moss and owens.

49Cliff Branch
Extremely fast could almost beat anyone deep.

raiderfan372

Caught 3 TDs in three Super Bowl victories with the Raiders, on top of that he has better numbers than Lynn Swann so why isn't he in the Hall of Fame again?

alexmendoza


50Don Maynard
One of the few listed here in the Hall Of Fame...

Nickname was Sunshine, no one ever ran him down for a tackle

His book... "You can't catch Sunshine" can be purchased online.

Joe Namath wrote the three page intro to the book..
Seriously this low down?
Why is he #95? He's certainl a top 20 receiver.

51Charley Taylor
One of the greatest ever in open space and an extremely talented rout runner, one of the best if not the best of his era
Best ever at running after the catch

52T. J. Houshmandzadeh
He is a beast and catches dang near everything that comes his way he is strong fast has excellent hands and he can take a hit unlike chad johnson could be a starting receiver for a team but is currently playing as a second receiver behind chad johnson who he out shined big time this season

53Derrick Mason
HE WAS FANTASTIC FOR THE RAVENS HE HAS GREAT HANDS HE IS DEFINITELY GOING TO THE HOF GREAT WR

54Wes Chandler
Remember him? One of most underrated receivers in N.F.L history. When John Jefferson left for Green Bay in free agency, the chargers didn't miss a beat. He was just as good as Jefferson, if not better. That, s why I'm surprised that Jefferson is on the list, and not Chandler.


In the heyday of "AirCoryell" (perhaps the greatest if not most exciting offense ever from the early 80s) Chandler, along with Joiner (Pro's pro) and Winslow (remade the TE position) was the best, game in and game out. Would have had over 2,000 yards receiving in strike shortened '82 season.
If you did not vote him higher, then you did not watch him play.

55Mark Clayton
Yards; 8,974 Dolphins all time receiver in receptions (582), and touchdowns (84)-5 time pro bowler

56Darrel Green
This is ridiculous. How could he not be in the top 51? Mushin Muhammad is above him, WHAT!? Yeah, uh, crazy.
He may not have had the best hands, but he is the fastest American football player EVER. Almost ran a 4. 00 40-yard dash. At 40 years old, he was the fastest person on his old team with a 4. 2 40. Played for the Redskins, great receiver.

Malorian

He played cornerback, not receiver. Top 5 at his position, I don't think he ever lined up on offense
Darrel green is one of if not the greatest corners of all time. he is the fastest player in NFL history and has more picks and tackles than Deion Sanders. a hall of fame corner with two rings, not a receiver!

57Mushin Muhammad

58Willie Gault
I'm speedy willi and I'm world clase I like runnin but I love 2 get the pass I practice all day and dance all night I gotta get ready 4 the sunday fight now I'm as smoth as a chocklet swirl moves so slick so watch me girl there anit number 1 else can do it like me my super bowl shuffle will set you free!

59Charlie Joyner
Excellent route runner! Great hands, good speed. Big heart! Finish from my high school, W.O. Boston, member of my church, all in Lake Charles, LA. Attended my favorite college Grambling St ^^ one of the greatest coaches ever Coach Eddie Robinson! Also LONGEVITY! Great humanbeing!

60Troy Brown
I would put Troy Brown in the top 10, yes, the top 10. He never dropped the ball, and made every clutch play imaginable. Easily the most underrated player in NFL history. If I started a team, I would take Tom Brady first and Troy Brown second. His punt returning, defensive skills, and leadership make him one the NFL's greatest.
Huge part of all patriots championships
Has been around for a while and is one of the greatest pats ever and nfl wideout

61Isaac Curtis
Before Chad Johnson (Or whatever his name is these days) There was Issac Curtis. Chad Johnson has had a good career with the Bengals, but so did Eddie Brown. But Issac Curtis in my opion is the best receiver in Bengals history. Ask Ken Anderson, who also happens to be the best quarterback in Bengals history.

62Roy Willams
Best receiver in the game today

63Dwayne Jarrett
Greatest receiver of all time by far. Who is Jerry Rice? He is horrible pathetic excuse for a player. Jarret is what the nfl is all about and will always be about! The Big J is the greatest player of all time.

64Harold Carmichael
Tall and lanky, solid and strong.

65Webster Slaughter
Fast off the line as all get out, breaking DB's ankles and tough as nails and who could forget the painted ORANGE shoes!
Easily one of the fastest wr of all time I'm not saying he should be in the hall of fame or nothing like that but he was fun to watch.

66Johnny Knox

67Joe Horn
This guy is the man. He was the go-to guy when you needed points.

Baltimore1993


68Elroy Crazy Legs Hirsch
Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsh had 1495 yards and 17 touchdowns in a 12 game season. Ochocinco, TO and Driver never had that many yards in 16 game season; Rice and Moss never had a season where they averaged that many yards in a game. In 1951 Hirsch had the greatest season by a receiver in the history of the NFL. Find me a better season. I don't think you can. Now the question is does one season define a career? No it doesn't but he had many great seasons including the greatest of all time.
Nice name laugh out loud

69Max McGee
Not the best of all time but 85 he made
NFL history with the first touchdown in super
Bowl history 85 come on

70Mark Duper

71Cris Collinsworth
His announcing is worth minus 10 spots
His announcing is far better than Phil Simms or John Gruden!

72Gary Clark
Underrated... Size & quickness and toughness were his forte. Solid receiver who always gave 100% In today's offensive schemes would be a Wes Welker type.

73D.J. Hackett

74Mike Quick
2nd best receiver of the 80's

75Otis Taylor
During the time that he played, I would not have traded him for any other wide receiver. He was a real go-to man. Big, fast, good hands, hard to tackle, and a very good blocker.

76Stanley Morgan
He was not my fist choice for someone that I thought that should have been on this list. (actually it was Wes Chandler) But lest we not forget that Morgan still holds the all time avg. per catch record, which if I'm not mistaken stands at about 21 yards a catch

77Al Toon
Great speed, quality guy. Career cut short by injuries, sadly, but Toon was a joy to behold.

78Vincent Jackson
Always came up with the ball in difficult situations

79Kevin Dyson

80Laveranues Coles

81Brandon Lloyd

82Deion Sanders
He is a running back smarty
If he had played receiver as his primary positioninstead of corner hed be a GOAT

83Alshon Jeffery
Probably best of all time at keeping his feet in bounds, jumping, and he's tall and never drop passes. Give him 3 years and he'll be in the top ten on h
This s
List

84Travis Williams

85Sean Morey

86Dante Hall
If uv ever used him in madden 06 ud understand darn well where I'm comin from, just way too good

87Al Carmichael

88Boyd Dowler

89Charlie Brown
I'm gonna kick that football straight over the MOON! (Trips and falls)

90Charlie Hennigan

91Tai Streets

92Tommy McDonald

93Jacoby Jones

94Roy Green

95Antonio Brown

96Richard Sherman
Dude what the crap this guy is a corner not a reciever

97Haywood Jeffires
For nearly ten years he was one of the top receivers in football. He was tough and fun to watch in the run and shoot offense with Warren Moon pulling the trigger

98Pierre Garçon
He is the Redskins All-Time Receptions Leader in a Season beating the great Art Monk.

99Santana Moss

100Golden Tate III

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