Arguably the position of the receiver is the most crucial role in football. Sure, the quarterback gets all the glory. However, legends like Joe Montana and Tom Brady wouldn’t look so good if they didn’t have a great wide receiver to throw to. The job of choosing the best WR of all time is a challenging one, but here’s our list.
Jerry Rice is believed by many to be the best receiver of all time in the NFL. During his career lasting from 1985 to 2005, he recorded 22,895 receiving yards. He also made 1,549 successful catches. He scored 208 touchdowns during his career for the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. Fans will remember his three winning Super Bowl performances alongside Steve Young.
Randy Moss entered the NFL in 1998 by scoring 17 touchdowns during his rookie season for the Minnesota Vikings. During his career, he amassed 15,292 receiving yards. His record of receiving 23 winning touchdowns for New England during the 2007 season has never been passed.
While Don Hutson’s statistics may not be as impressive as those racked up by more modern players, he led the way by showing others what a wide receiver could do. While playing for the Green Bay Packers, he helped his team win the NFL championship game three times. During his career that lasted from 1935 to 1945, he led the league seven times in receiving yards, eight times in receptions and nine times in touchdowns.
Terrell Owens was one of the most gifted athletes to ever play for the league. Owens was named a Pro Bowler six times and a First-Team All-Pro five times. He also caught the football for 15,934 yards.