NFL Wide Receiver - Best & Top Ranked Ever
Who is or was the best NFL Wide Reciever's to play the game? Rice? Moss? Take a moment and rank your favorites or add one that you believe is missing.
The wide receiver's principal role is to catch passes from the quarterback. On passing plays, the receiver attempts to avoid, outmaneuver, or simply outrun defenders (typically cornerbacks and/or safeties) in the area of his pass route. If the receiver becomes open, or has an unobstructed path to the destination of a catch, he may then become the quarterback's target. Once a pass is thrown in his direction, the receiver's goal is to first catch the ball and then attempt to run downfield.
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Jerry Lee Rice (born October 13, 1962) is an American former football player. He is widely regarded as the greatest wide receiver ever and one of the greatest players in National Football League (NFL) history. The all-time leader in every major statistical category for wide receivers and the all-time NFL leader in touchdowns scored with 208, Rice was selected to the Pro Bowl 13 times (1986–1996, 1998, 2002) and named All-Pro 10 times in his 20 NFL seasons. He won three Super Bowl rings playing for the San Francisco 49ers and an AFC Championship with the Oakland Raiders.
Michael Jerome Irvin (born March 5, 1966) is a former American football player for the Dallas Cowboys. He is regarded as one of the most successful wide receivers in the history of the National Football League. Irvin was self-nicknamed "The Playmaker" due to his penchant for making big plays in big games during his college career. In 2007, he was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Irvin is also known as one of The Triplets along with Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith. The Triplets highlighted the Dallas Cowboys' offense in the 1990s that won three Super Bowls.
Marvin Daniel Harrison (born August 25, 1972 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft. He played college football at Syracuse.
In 2002 Harrison broke Herman Moore's single season receptions record by 20 receptions. He finished with 143 catches, and he also had over 1,700 yards receiving. In December, 2006 Harrison became just the fourth player in NFL history to record 1000 receptions, joining Jerry Rice (1549), Cris Carter (1101), and Tim Brown (1094). He is also one of only seven wide receivers in NFL history to reach 100 touchdowns.
Timothy Donell Brown (born July 22, 1966) is a retired American football wide receiver, who played college football for Notre Dame, where he won the Heisman Trophy, and in the National Football League (NFL). He spent sixteen years with the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, during which he established himself as one of the NFL's most prolific wide receivers. His fame and success with the Raiders organization earned him the title Mr. Raider.
Charles Robert Taylor (born September 28, 1941 in Grand Prairie, Texas) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. Taylor was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1984.
During his tenure with the Redskins they reached the Super Bowl in 1973, (Super Bowl VII), after the 1972 season. They also made the playoffs four other times in the 1970s.
Terrell Eldorado Owens (born on December 7, 1973) is an American football wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. A six-time Pro Bowl selection, and former holder of the league single-game reception record, Owens has been one of the dominant receivers of his era.
Donald Montgomery Hutson (January 31, 1913 – June 24, 1997) was the first star wide receiver in National Football League history. He is considered by many to have been the first modern receiver. Hutson is credited with creating many of the modern pass routes used in the NFL today. He was the dominant receiver of his day and is widely considered to be one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history, holding almost all important receiving records at the time of his retirement. As of the end of the 2007 NFL season, Hutson still holds the following records: Most seasons leading league in pass receptions, Most consecutive seasons leading league in pass receptions, Most seasons leading league in pass receiving yards gained, Most consecutive seasons leading league in pass receiving yards gained, Most seasons leading league in pass receiving touchdowns, Most consecutive seasons leading league in pass receiving touchdowns, Most seasons leading league in scoring, and Most consecutive seasons leading league in scoring
Cristopher D. Carter (born November 25, 1965) is a former American football player in the National Football League. He played wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles (1987–89), the Minnesota Vikings (1990–2001) and the Miami Dolphins (2002).
After starting for the Ohio State University Buckeyes, Carter was drafted by the Eagles in the 4th round of the 1987 NFL supplemental draft. While in Philadelphia, head coach Buddy Ryan helped to coin one of ESPN's Chris Berman's famous quotes about Carter: "All he does is catch touchdowns." He was let go by Ryan in 1989, however, due to off-the-field issues. Carter was signed by the Vikings and turned his life and career around, becoming a two-time First-team, one-time Second-team All-Pro and playing in 8 straight Pro Bowls. When he left the Vikings after 2001, he held most of the team career receiving records. He briefly played for the Dolphins in 2002 before retiring.
Steven Michael "Steve" Largent (born September 28, 1954, Tulsa, Oklahoma) is a retired American football player, enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. When Largent retired, he held all major NFL receiving records, including: most receptions in a career (819), most receiving yards in a career (13,089), and most touchdown receptions (100). He was also in possession of a then-record streak of 177 consecutive regular-season games with a reception.
Randall Gene Moss (born February 13, 1977 in Rand, West Virginia) is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He was originally drafted by the Minnesota Vikings 21st overall in the 1998 NFL Draft. He played college football at Marshall University.
Moss played the first seven years of his career in Minnesota before a trade in 2005 brought him to the Oakland Raiders. On April 29, 2007, Moss was traded to the New England Patriots for a fourth-round draft pick. Moss holds the NFL single season touchdown reception record (23, set in 2007), and the NFL single-season touchdown reception record for a rookie (17, in 1998).
Paul Dryden Warfield (born November 28, 1942 in Warren, Ohio) was a professional American football wide receiver in the 1960s and 1970s known for his speed, fluid moves, grace, jumping ability and hands. In his 13 NFL seasons Warfield caught 427 passes for 8,565 yards for 20.1 yards per catch, 9th highest all time, and scored 85 touchdowns. He added another 204 yards on 22 rushing attempts. In his only WFL season (1975) he caught 25 passes for 422 yards, a 16.9 yards per catch average, with 3 touchdowns.