These Are Unarguably The 10 Greatest Wide Receivers Of All Time

These Are Unarguably The 10 Greatest Wide Receivers Of All Time

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No fancy or convoluted intro this time, just G.O.A.T. series part 3 (WR edition).

You can reread parts 1 (QB) and 2 (RB) through the respective links.

10. Michael "The Playmaker" Irvin

Stats/Records: 750 Receptions (T-38th), 11,094 Receiving Yards (27th), 15.9 Yards per reception (T-121st), 74.9 Receiving yards per game (T-11th), 11,910 Yards from scrimmage (64th), 65 Receiving Touchdowns (T-57th), 11,910 All-purpose yards (101st), and 65 Total TDs (T-128th)

Awards: 5× Pro Bowler (1991–1995), First-Team All-Pro (1991), 2× Second-Team All-Pro (1992, 1993), NFL 1990s All-Decade Team, NFL Hall of Fame, and Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor

Championships: Three NFC Championships and Three Super Bowls (XXVII, XXVIII, and XXX)

"The Playmaker" was just that, the Cowboys play-making wide receiver during Dallas' great run in the 90's. Michael Irvin doesn't have the greatest stat line in the world, but a large part of that comes from playing with one of the best offenses in NFL history, along with one of the greatest running backs in the NFL, Emmitt Smith. Irvin still had an amazing career that was unfortunately cut short by a career ending injury, and earns a place on this list because he could do it all whenever it was needed.

9. Larry "Sticky Fingers" Fitzgerald

Stats/Records: 1,234 Receptions (3rd), 15,545 Receiving Yards (3rd), 12.6 Yards per reception (Outside of the top 250), 71.3 Receiving yards per game (21st), 15,613 Yards from scrimmage (14th), 110 Receiving Touchdowns (8th), 15,613 All-purpose yards (25th), and 110 Total TDs (17th)

Awards: 11× Pro Bowler (2005, 2007–2013, 2015–2017), First-team All-Pro (2008), 2× Second-team All-Pro (2009, 2011), and Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2016)

Championships: One NFC Championship

Fitz is the best active (as of writing this) wide receiver in the NFL, and he finds a way to prove it regardless of who's playing on the team around him. Much like a former teammate of his from the running back list, a large part of Fitzgerald's success comes from sheer volume. There is a reason that Fitzgerald has such a high volume of receptions, receiving yards, and TDs; he is that big, that strong, and that good.

8. Cris "CC" Carter

Stats/Records: 1,101 Receptions (6th), 13,899 Receiving Yards (13th), 12.6 Yards per reception (Outside of the top 250), 59.4 Receiving yards per game (69th), 13,940 Yards from scrimmage (36th), 130 Receiving Touchdowns (4th), 14,184 All-purpose yards (50th), and 131 Total TDs (8th)

Awards: 8× Pro Bowler (1993–2000), 2× First-team All-Pro (1994, 1999), Second-team All-Pro (1995), Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (1999), NFL 1990s All-Decade Team, NFL Hall of Fame, Minnesota Vikings No. 80 retired, and Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor

Championships: None at the professional level

I'm beginning to sense a trend with this volume receivers, but CC still has the numbers to be one of the greats. He caught passes and scored TDs, which are the two main things you need in a wide receiver. Carter wasn't the game breaker like his teammate Randy Moss, but his ability to be a reliable pass catcher anywhere on the field (and especially in goal-line situations) makes him number eight on this list.

7. "Marvelous" Marvin Harrison

Stats/Records: 1,102 Receptions (5th), 14,580 Receiving Yards (9th), 13.2 Yards per reception (Outside of the top 250), 76.7 Receiving yards per game (8th), 14,608 Yards from scrimmage (27th), 128 Receiving Touchdowns (5th), 14,805 All-purpose yards (40th), and 128 Total TDs (9th) NFL Record for most receptions in a single season with 143 (2002) and most consecutive seasons of 1,000+ all-purpose yards and 10+ touchdown receptions (8), from 1999–2006

Awards: 8× Pro Bowler (1999–2006), 3× First-team All-Pro (1999, 2002, 2006). 5× Second-team All-Pro (2000, 2001, 2003–2005), NFL 2000s All-Decade Team, NFL Hall of Fame, and Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor

Championships: One AFC Championship and One Super Bowl

"Marvelous Marvin" is a weird one to judge because he has amazing statistics, but there are plenty of things against him. The two biggest things that led to him being number seven, instead of top five, are the fact that his numbers are, arguably, more of a product of playing his most successful years with Peyton Manning than actual talent and the fact that he was not a great postseason receiver, having only one 100-yard game in 16 appearances. Regardless of whether Manning made Harrison great, or Harrison made Manning better, the stats and the reception record still warrant a place this high on the list.

6. Steve "Yoda" Largent

Stats/Records: 819 Receptions (29th), 13,089 Receiving Yards (18th), 16.0 Yards per reception (T-113th), 65.4 Receiving yards per game (39th), 13,172 Yards from scrimmage (44th), 100 Receiving Touchdowns (T-9th), 13,396 All-purpose yards (61st), and 101 Total TDs (22nd)

Awards: 7× Pro Bowler (1978, 1979, 1981, 1984–1987), 3× First-team All-Pro (1983, 1985, 1987), 4× Second-team All-Pro (1978, 1979, 1984, 1986), NFL Man of the Year (1988), NFL 1980s All-Decade Team, NFL Hall of Fame, Seahawks Ring of Honor, and Seattle Seahawks No. 80 retired

Championships: None at the professional level.

Yoda (yeah, that was his actual nickname) was putting up numbers that most receivers would love to have, and he was doing while most of the receivers on this list were kids. He was capable of dominating the league as a wide receiver before teams started to really rely on the pass over the run. Steve Largent was the successor of the first true game-changing wide receiver, Charlie Joiner, and shattered Joiner's records, making Largent the most dominant receiver pre-1990s.

5. Calvin "Megatron" Johnson Jr.

Stats/Records: 731 Receptions (44th), 11,619 Receiving Yards (29th), 15.9 Yards per reception (T-121st), 86.1 Receiving yards per game (4th), 11,786 Yards from scrimmage (67th), 83 Receiving Touchdowns (22nd), 11,787 All-purpose yards (104th), 84 Total TDs (50th), and NFL record 1,964 receiving yards in a season (2012)

Awards: 6× Pro Bowler (2010–2015), 3× First-team All-Pro (2011–2013), and Second-team All-Pro (2010)

Championships: None at the professional level.

Megatron's overall statistics may not be as impressive as others on this list, but for nine seasons he was nearly unstoppable. His early retirement may leave him out of the Hall of Fame, but he was physically gifted and statistically one of the best to ever play the position. He played on some awful teams (including one of only two teams to ever go 0-16) but managed to always be great.

4. Terrell Owens aka "T.O."

Stats/Records:1,078 Receptions (8th), 15,934 Receiving Yards (2nd), 14.8 Yards per reception (T-207th), 72.8 Receiving yards per game (17th), 16,185 Yards from scrimmage (12th), 153 Receiving Touchdowns (3rd), 16,276 All-purpose yards (21st), 156 Total TDs (5th)

Awards: 6× Pro Bowl (2000–2004, 2007), 5× First-team All-Pro (2000–2002, 2004, 2007), and NFL 2000s All-Decade Second Team

Championships: One NFC Championship

The man that Skip Bayless affectionately refers to as "team obliterator," T.O. has always been a controversial figure in the cities he has played for, but his talent kept landing him job after job. Terrell Owens had all the talent a receiver could ask for, and no one knew that better than him. Owens is the not only the only player to score a TD against all 32 teams in the NFL, but he scored multiple TDs against all 32 teams, which shows just how good he was.

3. Don "The Alabama Antelope" Hutson

Stats/Records: 488 Receptions (153rd), 7,991 Receiving Yards (96th), 16.4 Yards per reception (T-84th), 68.9 Receiving yards per game (26th), 8,275 Yards from scrimmage (184th), 99 Receiving Touchdowns (11th), 8,709 All-purpose yards (235th), 103 Total TDs (21st), and NFL record for points scored in a quarter (29) and touchdowns scored in a quarter (4)

Awards: 4× NFL All-Star (1939–1942), 8× First-team All-Pro (1938–1945), 2× NFL Most Valuable Player (1941, 1942), NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, NFL 1930s All-Decade Team, NFL Hall of Fame, Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, and Green Bay Packers No. 14 retired

Championships: Three NFL Championships (1936, 1939, and 1944)

Some of the men on this list innovated the wide receiver position, but Hutson originated the position. Hutson changed the course of football history by taking the split end position and turning it into the wide receiver position. The numbers are not quite what all the players that have followed were able to generate, but the Alabama Antelope deserves credit for inventing this position and blazing the trail for everyone else.

2. Randy "Freak" Moss

Stats/Records: 982 Receptions (15th), 15,292 Receiving Yards (4th), 15.6 Yards per reception (T-138th), 70.1 Receiving yards per game (24th), 15,451 Yards from scrimmage (16th), 156 Receiving Touchdowns (2nd), 15,644 All-purpose yards (24th), 157 Total TDs (4th), and NFL records for receiving touchdowns in a season (23) and for receiving touchdowns in a rookie season (17)

Awards: 6× Pro Bowler (1998–2000, 2002, 2003, 2007), 4× First-team All-Pro (1998, 2000, 2003, 2007), NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1998), Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor, and NFL 2000s All-Decade Team

Championships: One AFC Championship and One NFC Championship

The Freak was just physically special, hence the nickname, and used his size, strength, and speed to dominate the league. His ability to jump over people and catch passes literally led to the invention of the phrase "getting Mossed," which is one of the most disrespectful to catch a pass on someone. Moss was amazing at scoring the football because of his physical gifts, and the way he played the game has led to the way most present-day receivers play the position (basically fade routes).

Honorable Mentions:

"Mr. Raider" Tim Brown—An amazing wide receiver, who played 16 seasons for the Oakland Raiders, that just had a slow start to his career, which kept him from making the list.

Lance "Bambi" Alworth—The original game breaker, Alworth was a big play machine who could take over any game, but there's a difference between being capable and actually doing it.

Quintorris "Julio" Jones—Julio is basically a lankier, faster Randy Moss with slightly worse hands, but he sometimes makes mistakes that cost the Falcons wins. Once his career is done, we will get a better understanding of his place in history.

Antonio "Ronald Ocean (seriously)" Brown—Mr. Ocean (such a dumb nickname) is the yin to Julio's yang. Brown is smaller, but more consistent and dominate than Jones. Just like with Julio, there is so much time left in Brown's career to know how great he'll be.

1. Jerry "Flash 80" Rice

Stats/Records: 1,549 Receptions (1st), 22,895 Receiving Yards (1st), 14.8 Yards per reception (T-207th), 75.6 Receiving yards per game (9th), 23,540 Yards from scrimmage (1st), 197 Receiving Touchdowns (1st), 23,546 All-purpose yards (1st), 208 Total TDs (1st), and NFL records for... well just look at the stats and those are the records.

Awards: 13× Pro Bowler (1986–1996, 1998, 2002), 10× First-team All-Pro (1986–1990, 1992–1996), 2× Second-team All-Pro (1991, 2002), Bert Bell Award (1987), 2× NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1987, 1993), NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, NFL 1980s All-Decade Team, NFL 1990s All-Decade Team, NFL Hall of Fame, and San Francisco 49ers No. 80 retired

Championships: One AFC Championship, Three NFC Championships, Three Super Bowl championships (XXIII, XXIV, XXIX), and One Super Bowl MVP (XXIII)

Flash 80 is simply the best wide receiver in the history of football. You can argue that a large part of his statistical success is because of the teams he's played on, his longevity, or the era he played in, but the gap between him and everyone else is just to big for any of those arguments to hold water, especially given his work ethic and desire to be the best, which is the only thing that actually ended his career. Rice is the G.O.A.T., and it's not even close.

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The Coach That Killed My Passion

An open letter to the coach that made me hate a sport I once loved.

I fell in love with the game in second grade. I lived for every practice and every game. I lived for the countless hours in the gym or my driveway perfecting every shot, every pass and every move I could think of. Every night after dinner, I would go shoot and would not allow myself to go inside until I hit a hundred shots. I had a desire to play, to get better and to be the best basketball player I could possibly be.

I had many coaches between church leagues, rec leagues, personal coaches, basketball camps, middle school and high school. Most of the coaches I had the opportunity to play for had a passion for the game like I did. They inspired me to never stop working. They would tell me I had a natural ability. I took pride in knowing that I worked hard and I took pride in the compliments that I got from my coaches and other parents. I always looked forward to the drills and, believe it or not, I even looked forward to the running. These coaches had a desire to teach, and I had a desire to learn through every good and bad thing that happened during many seasons. Thank you to the coaches that coached and supported me through the years.

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Along with the good coaches, are a few bad coaches. These are the coaches that focused on favorites instead of the good of the entire team. I had coaches that no matter how hard I worked, it would never be good enough for them. I had coaches that would take insults too far on the court and in the classroom.

I had coaches that killed my passion and love for the game of basketball.

When a passion dies, it is quite possibly the most heartbreaking thing ever. A desire you once had to play every second of the day is gone; it turns into dreading every practice and game. It turns into leaving every game with earphones in so other parents don't talk to you about it. It meant dreading school the next day due to everyone talking about the previous game. My passion was destroyed when a coach looked at me in the eyes and said, "You could go to any other school and start varsity, but you just can't play for me."

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Looking back now at the amount of tears shed after practices and games, I just want to say to this coach: Making me feel bad about myself doesn't make me want to play and work hard for you, whether in the classroom or on the court. Telling me that, "Hard work always pays off" and not keeping that word doesn't make me want to work hard either. I spent every minute of the day focusing on making sure you didn't see the pain that I felt, and all of my energy was put towards that fake smile when I said I was OK with how you treated me. There are not words for the feeling I got when parents of teammates asked why I didn't play more or why I got pulled after one mistake; I simply didn't have an answer. The way you made me feel about myself and my ability to play ball made me hate myself; not only did you make me doubt my ability to play, you turned my teammates against me to where they didn't trust my abilities. I would not wish the pain you caused me on my greatest enemy. I pray that one day, eventually, when all of your players quit coming back that you realize that it isn't all about winning records. It’s about the players. You can have winning records without a good coach if you have a good team, but you won’t have a team if you can't treat players with the respect they deserve.

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Taking A Step Back From My Sport Allowed Me To Be Able To Work On These 3 Things

Sometimes you need time away to appreciate the things you love.


Since the age of nine, horses have been my whole life. Before college, I never had your typical teenage experience. My weekends were spent driving two hours one way to train with a top show barn. My mom and I lived out of our suitcases during the summers, traveling from one show to the next.

The only glimpse of the senior prom I got was through Snapchat's my friends sent of them having the time of their life, while I was going to bed at nine to make sure I had plenty of sleep to compete the next day. I even graduated early to go work for a show barn in Florida for five months. I missed out on a lot, but it never felt that way because of how passionate I was about the sport. I was all in, I loved the thrill of competing, the early mornings, the long days, and most of all: the horses. If you would have told me that I would be here writing about feeling burned out a year ago, I would have laughed.

Going away to college and having to put a bit of pause on my athletic career allowed me to take a step back, breathe, and realize there is so much more than horse shows and blue ribbons to this world. If I could instill a piece of wisdom to my younger self it would be that taking a step back at times is the best thing you can do for yourself. Here is what I learned:

1. Mental health

As many of you know, the pressure of succeeding can put a toll on anyone. I have always been extremely hard on myself, but when I was showing almost every weekend I really started to notice that I would feel upset more than I felt happy. I could win the class but still, come out of the ring criticizing myself over every little thing that went wrong. Because of this, I went into the ring nervous and doubtful. It wasn't fun anymore.

After taking a step back, I have realized that there will always be ups and downs in any sport. I now go into the ring much more confident and I come out smiling- even when it didn't go as planned. There will always be another chance.

2. Physical health

Like any sport, riding takes a toll on your body. After working in Florida for five months, riding up to 12 horses a day, I really felt like something was wrong with my back. However, I pushed through the pain, convincing myself of the quote "no pain no gain". I continued to ignore it, until one day it was unbearable.

I went to the doctor and sure enough, I had herniated my L5 disc. He told us this was completely preventable if I would have rested or taken an hour out of my day to ice and stretch when the pain started. After months of healing and being on a first name basis with my chiropractor, I have realized just how important it is to put my wellness first.

3. Relationships

Taking a step back has also allowed me to develop better relationships with myself, family, and friends. Before, I had such a narrow mind frame and would allow my performance to dictate how I treated people that day. Now after a rough day, I am much better at putting it behind me and not dwelling on it.

I have also realized that I need time to just be "still". Practicing yoga, or meditating for five minutes has made a world of a difference in my relationship with myself (yes, that is a thing).

While packing up to go to school this past August, knowing I would be taking a step back from the sport I love, I felt as though I would never ride as well as I did when it consumed my whole life. But I couldn't have been more wrong. I am now going into the show ring with a clear mind and leaving with a smile on my face.

To my surprise, it has been more than me starting to have fun again- I am riding better, and getting more consistent results than I had before. So, to all those athletes out there that fear to take a step back from their own sport, I am here to tell you that it may just be the best thing you can do for your performance and yourself...

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