Who are the best receivers of all time?

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In this world without live sports, we’ve got to find something to talk about. Earlier this week, Bills receiver Stefon Diggs helped fill the vacuum with one simple tweet:

Top 5 wideouts to ever play the game . . . GO.”

Simms and I did just that on PFT Live, with a five-round draft of the best receivers in NFL history. We exempted Jerry Rice from the process, because he remains the consensus best receiver ever, and perhaps the best player to ever play at any position.

So with Rice at No. 1, where did we go from there? Find out by checking out the video. And then chime in with your thoughts below as to your own top five or as to where and how our lists are wrong.

119 responses to “Who are the best receivers of all time?

  1. In no particular order:
    Jerry Rice, Megatron, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Steve Largent

  2. 1. Jerry Rice
    2. Lynn Swan
    3. Billy (whiteshoes) Johnson
    4. Fred Biletnikoff
    5. any WR not named moss!

  3. It’s kinda hard to say who is the ‘best’ when the WR has one of the best QB of all time throwing his way

  4. Jerry admitted to using stickum (then recanted his admission, of course). Automatically drops him. He can sit safely at 5.

    Moss, Largent, TO, Megatron, Jerry “stickum” Rice

  5. Best WR I ever saw play was Sterling Sharpe. Had his career not been cut short by injury he would be right there with Rice. To me, those 2 are 1&2 all-time. It’s not all about numbers. It’s about pure talent and being able to control and win games single-handedly.

    James Lofton is not far behind Rice and Sharpe in my mind. Lofton floated when he ran and the softest, best hands perhaps ever. First player ever to 14,000 rec yards.

    Don Hutson I never saw play live, but I have to add him because he may be not only one of the best WR’s ever, but may be the best NFL player ever.

    Calvin Johnson was a absolute dominant beast at the WR position. If you don’t have him in your top 5 best WR’s ever you don’t know the game.

    Larry Fitzgerald was the youngest player ever to 1,000 receptions and I think he is up to very close to 1,400 now. Smart, classy, and as talented as they come. 3 traits that all in my top 5 had/have.

  6. 1. Randy Moss (just because Jerry Rice was a hard worker and class off the field doesn’t make him a better WR)

    2. Terrell Owens (had multiple 1,000 yard season with numerous QBs)

    3. Everybody else

  7. In no order Jerry Rice, Calvin Johnson, Randy Moss, Don Hudson and Fred Biletnikoff.

    Florio saved his list with Hudson. You can’t have this discussion without bringing him up. You can only dominate your era in football. The game changes constantly but his records stood over more changes than most. Was probably even more dominate for his time than Rice was in his.

  8. The definitive list of the complete Wide Receiver list is easy to compile, but placing them in the correct order is difficult.
    Here is the way I see it.

    5: Steve Largent
    4: Larry Fitzgerald
    3: Don Hutson
    2: Calvin Johnson
    1: Jerry Rice

    Enjoy your thumbs down.

  9. Let’s take it to 10…

    1. Rice
    2. Owens
    3. Moss
    4. Hutson
    5. Fitzgerald
    6. Alworth
    7. Largent
    8. Lofton
    9. Harrison
    10. Irvin

  10. Probably due to his recent production as a role player but Larry Fitzgerald should be getting more love as he’s the closest to Jerry Rice’s numbers and he had trash Qb’s throwing to him all but maybe 5 years total of his almost 20 year career.

  11. Don Hutson, without question. From 1936 to 1945, Hutson had 470 catches and 93 TD’s. The next closest over that span had 190 catches and 33 TD. Nobody dominated his era like the Alabama Antelope.

  12. Rice
    Calvin Johnson
    Moss
    Fitzgerald
    Owens——He could have been the best if he’d have gotten his head out of his ass or his agent didn’t sabotage his career with hold out strategies.

  13. Fitz is a class act and should be applauded for that, but he’s a little light on the touchdowns for me to put him ahead of Owens and Moss.

    Megatron had the talent to be the best since Rice, but injuries and being fed up playing for a trash franchise, cut things short for him.

  14. Andre not Andrea, maybe not too 5 but his career stats at time of retirement were superb. Surely a top 20 great

  15. jerry “stickum” rice should not be considered anywhere near top ten. Take away the glue gloves and hes just a jag

  16. 1. Rice
    2. Harrison
    3. TO
    4 Fitzgerald
    5 Biletnikoff
    6. Moss – he quits, only plays when he wants

  17. Jerry Rice
    Marijuana Moss
    Calvin Johnson
    Larry Fitzgerald
    Terrell Owens

    No way any Cowboys WR should even be in the top five, not even close.

  18. Jerry Rice
    Marijuana Moss
    Calvin Johnson
    Larry Fitzgerald
    Terrell Owens (49’ers only)

    No way any Cowboys WR should even be in the top five, not even close.

  19. qckappa says: Jim Brown is the greatest NFL player of all time.
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    That’d be Tom Brady. Look, Jim Brown is def one of the best players ever and the goat FB, but neither he nor any other player gets much above half of what Brady has achieved so far.

  20. Nice to see some love for Steve Largent. He barely even gets remembered in Seattle, since all the Seattlites got replaced by Amazon employees

  21. 12Packabs says:
    March 28, 2020 at 12:40 pm
    Don Hutson, without question. From 1936 to 1945, Hutson had 470 catches and 93 TD’s. The next closest over that span had 190 catches and 33 TD. Nobody dominated his era like the Alabama Antelope.

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    Great choice. I had him or Alworth as my early era choice and you could certainly put him in a top very easily for the mere fact he was the first of the genre and at the dawn of the passing era.

  22. If you took all the contenders for best WR of all time, and put them in a draft while each was at the peak of his abilities, Randy Moss would be the 1st WR taken. Period.

  23. Rice, Moss, and Carter in no particular order. GB fans can hate on Moss all they want, all they need to do is watch the games from 98-05 between the Cheese and the Vikes and they will see why he is the greatest of all time and a first ballot HOF.

  24. Homer Jones ….my favorite player growing up. May not have had the stats, but he was wicked fast and more importantly, he invented the “spike.”

  25. There is a difference in WR from the last 10-15 years and their predecessors. The rules have been changed to greatly favor the receiver from years gone by. When a receiver went up for a catch, it was considered to be a “great play” to cut their legs out from under them so they flipped around and landed on their head. Helmet to Helmet “perfectly timed hit” by the defender another great play. Receivers saw the video of Darryl Stingley who was hit low and flipped onto his head. He spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair. There was no penalty called because it was legal. Most of the players being named here never played under those rules. They only have to catch the ball.

  26. Calvin Johnson wasn’t even the best Lions WR of all time. Some of you youngins need to wise up.

  27. Tom Brady is the greatest receiver of all time. Three receptions for 65 yards, and he won six Super Bowls which is all that matters.

  28. Jerry Rice
    Cris Carter
    Terrell Owens
    Tim Brown
    Randy Moss (if he gave more effort, he would probably be higher)

    Biletnikoff, Hutson and maybe a couple more belong in there, but I didn’t see them play or know enough about them.

  29. Impossible to rank players from different eras. Back before the bump rule ( The Mel Blount rule) you had to actually be a football player, tough, to play the position. Now anyone who can run fast and complain that they were interfered with can play the position. I’ll take the old timers any day.

  30. merde4brains says:
    March 28, 2020 at 1:49 pm
    If you took all the contenders for best WR of all time, and put them in a draft while each was at the peak of his abilities, Randy Moss would be the 1st WR taken. Period.

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    I think it would be Calvin Johnson. All the ability and none of the drama around him. Since he was quiet he gets forgotten but I never saw a physical talent like him. He was Owens and Moss combined.

  31. Thumbs down me all you want, but the idea that Jerry Rice is the best WR of all time is nothing short of ludicrous and is the biggest fallacy of all time in the NFL. He had 2 HOF QBs throwing to him nearly his entire career. And he dropped more than his fair share of balls, admitted to using pine tar, played with a great OL, a great RB, a very good TE in an era what defenses couldn’t key on one guy like Megatron, Julio, Cris Carter, and so many others saw for much of their careers. I’m a Packers fan living in the Bay Area for 30 years and watched a good # of his games. OVER-RATED. Very good, yes. But when you have 2 QBs putting the ball on the money nearly every time, you BETTER have great stats.

    Had you had 10+ other great WRs playing with Montana and Young, they would have out-statted #80. Rice earned his reputation as a hard worker (he used to run up long hills as part of his exercise regimen) but 9er fans have blinders on and if they step back from their love affair, they’d come to the same conclusion.

  32. I didn’t follow football for real until 2000’s. That said, my favorite WR was Anquan Boldin for catching anything near him. Second favorite was Steve Smith; same reason plus he didn’t take kindly to people running their mouth. Ocho Cinco for comedic value. His description of being laid out by Ray Lewis is my all-time favorite!

  33. It’s a tough one. Rice was the greatest in many ways. But Moss (whom I thought was a selfish jerk) dominated like I’ve never seen anyone dominate other NFL players. He really was a man among boys in his prime . But he didn’t have his head screwed on tightly like Rice did. If he had, he’d own every record in the books. I think every receiver is a step behind those two.

  34. Moss is the best ever. Rice was great, and maybe the hardest working. But for pure talent, nobody compares to Moss. Any other opponent draft CB for 3 straight picks after a rookie season like the Packers did once they saw Moss in action?

  35. “Nobody dominated his era like the Alabama Antelope.”

    Nobody since has played in an segregated, all white NFL that was decimated when many of its best players left to fight in WW2.

    It’s not like Hutson played at the same time as Moss and Rice and still ran circles around them. He played at a time where teams cared far more about running the ball than throwing it and many of the best skill position players were not at end.

    It’s pretty much undisputed that Hutson was the best of his era. The best of all time is another issue entirely.

  36. 1. Jerry Rice
    2. Calvin Johnson
    3. Randy Moss
    4. Larry Fitzgerald
    5. Steve Smith

    6. Hines Ward
    7. Marvin Harrison

  37. Not making some concensus “list”…a waste of time and naturally folks will put their fave WRs on this list. And why does anyone give a crap about what waaayyy over-rated Stephon Diggs thinks? Oh right. He signed with the Bills…whoop-tee-do….

  38. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    March 28, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    Rice, Moss, and Carter in no particular order. GB fans can hate on Moss all they want, all they need to do is watch the games from 98-05 between the Cheese and the Vikes and they will see why he is the greatest of all time and a first ballot HOF.
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    First of all, Chris Carter is not a top 5 candidate for all-time WRs, not even close.
    But, what else would I expect from a Barney.

    And contrary to your assertion, I considered Randy Moss for recognition.
    And despite being one of the most physically gifted receivers of all time, I still had him on the outside looking in.

    I factored in his on field demeanor, which included juvenile antics like spraying a water bottle at an official who was just trying to do his job, taking numerous plays off, as well as taking whole seasons off when he played for the Raiders.

    His abrasive attitude and lack of leadership in the locker room also had to be factored in.
    If Moss would have worked as hard as Steve Largent to hone his game, and route running ability there would be no denying his overall greatness.
    He relied on his speed and his speed alone to get the job done, and when that left him he was useless.
    He was an amazing talent, that was led by a 10 cent head.

  39. aj66shanghai says:
    March 28, 2020 at 1:35 pm
    Nice to see some love for Steve Largent. He barely even gets remembered in Seattle, since all the Seattlites got replaced by Amazon employees

    15 4

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    He was the best WR in the AFC in the 1980s. Imagine if he had a qb? If Dave Krieg is your best QB, and you produce like that? Wow.

    Plus, he ran all the routes and was sneaky fast and tough. Hands down the best Seahawk ever.

  40. You could probably name 25 receivers and somehow make a case for them all to be in the top 5. They all brought different things to the game.

    Cliff Branch gets left off every ones list but he one of the most feared players to play the spot. He was the Tyreek Hill of the 70’s.

    And don’t laugh but one of the best that will always be left off is Wes Welker. The Moss deep and Welker underneath combo was amazing in New England. He might not be a top 5 or even top 25 in pure WR talent alone but what he was able to do in New England had everyone looking for the next Wes Welker, even today. Even New England was looking and made Julian Edelman their new Welker.

  41. Jerry Rice
    Hines Ward
    Lynn Swann
    Steve Largent
    Fred Belitnikoff
    Michael Irvin
    John Stallworth
    Larry Fitzgerald
    Drew Hill
    Randy Moss
    T.O.
    Juiio Jones
    Reggie Wayne
    Anquan Boldin

  42. Not making some concensus “list”…a waste of time and naturally folks will put their fave WRs on this list. And why does anyone give a crap about what waaayyy over-rated Stephon Diggs thinks? Oh right. He signed with the Bills…whoop-tee-do….

    Not really sure what Diggs has to do with this. And you’re right. I believe Andre reed doesnt get enough credit although he isn’t necessarily the top.

    And how can anyone say rice is over rated because of his qbs when Irvin has that offense and didn’t put up close to rices numbers.

    In my opinion, Irvin and Harrison are the two most overrated of all time.

  43. Ooooh,Jerry Rice used stickum! Have you ever felt a modern receivers glove?

  44. One thing is for sure. There will never ever be another NFL player come out of Dave Krieg’s alma mater. That’s all we can bank on.

  45. The argument is greatest, not most talented. Hence why Moss is not #1. If he wasn’t a jackass he would have been the greatest without a doubt.

  46. This would be my list if they all had the same team circumstances…

    1. Moss
    2. Megatron
    3. Julio
    4. Rice
    5. T.O.

  47. freefromwhatyouare says:
    March 28, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    Best WR I ever saw play was Sterling Sharpe. Had his career not been cut short by injury he would be right there with Rice. To me, those 2 are 1&2 all-time. It’s not all about numbers. It’s about pure talent and being able to control and win games single-handedly.

    James Lofton is not far behind Rice and Sharpe in my mind. Lofton floated when he ran and the softest, best hands perhaps ever. First player ever to 14,000 rec yards.

    Don Hutson I never saw play live, but I have to add him because he may be not only one of the best WR’s ever, but may be the best NFL player ever.
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    Thank you for that completely unbiased opinion.

  48. docsmith54 says:
    March 28, 2020 at 12:20 pm
    Moss, Warfield, Monk, Megatron

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    Warfield also a good choice as was Charley Taylor from the Skins. Not sure if they really are top 5, though. Similar styles and careers.

  49. 1. Jerry Rice.
    2. Calvin Johnson, who is almost “1B”. He was that good.
    3. Ray Berry. He was one reason Johnny Unitas is considered one of the all-time great qb’s.
    4. Larry Fitzgerald. A great receiver for a lot of bad qb’s.
    5. Drew Pearson. He was the best I ever saw in the 70’s.

  50. Without a doubt Don Hudson. The numbers he put up with a twelve game schedule and in an era where throwing the ball was rare are unbelievable…

  51. If you take Jerry RIce’s career and divide it half, both halves have HOF numbers. Anyone arguing he is not the consensus overall #1 WR has an axe to grind or is flat out ignoring the numbers, the incredible individual games, and the Championships won.

  52. No. 1 is easy, Jerry Rice. After that we really should first consider the times the player played in, the team(s) the player played on, the QB(s) the WR had throwing to him, the other talent on the team. Larry Fitzgerald is special but he’s playing today. I don’t see special WRs playing today, or really in the last 20 years. Look at Don Hudson in the 1930’s/40’s.

  53. Jerry Rice, Lynn Swann; then a ton of guys with no rings.

    Kickers are more important than WRs.

    Water boys as well. Hot dog vendors, score board operators and even the grounds crew matter more than WRs.

  54. Statistically?

    1. Jerry Rice
    2. Terrell Owens
    3. Marvin Harrison
    4. Randy Moss
    5. Reggie Wayne

  55. war27 says:
    March 28, 2020 at 3:27 pm
    You could probably name 25 receivers and somehow make a case for them all to be in the top 5. They all brought different things to the game.

    Cliff Branch gets left off every ones list but he one of the most feared players to play the spot. He was the Tyreek Hill of the 70’s.

    And don’t laugh but one of the best that will always be left off is Wes Welker. The Moss deep and Welker underneath combo was amazing in New England. He might not be a top 5 or even top 25 in pure WR talent alone but what he was able to do in New England had everyone looking for the next Wes Welker, even today. Even New England was looking and made Julian Edelman their new Welker.

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    Welker was great but limited. Edelman has more range and is clearly the more dynamic player.

    Edelman’s incredible postseason numbers support that.

    Edelman is somewhere in a top 15-20 range, but ahead of Welker.

    There are quiet producers like Steve Smith or someone like Jimmy Smith from Jax who get left off of lists. All of them are borderline HoF candidates.

  56. edmcgon says:
    March 28, 2020 at 4:14 pm
    1. Jerry Rice.
    2. Calvin Johnson, who is almost “1B”. He was that good.
    3. Ray Berry. He was one reason Johnny Unitas is considered one of the all-time great qb’s.
    4. Larry Fitzgerald. A great receiver for a lot of bad qb’s.
    5. Drew Pearson. He was the best I ever saw in the 70’s.

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    Pearson fits into that 10-15 discussion or maybe 15-20 with Cliff Branch. Quietly consistent for like 12 years and somehow people act like they are not HOFers. Art Monk took forever to get in but look at the qbs he had to play with, too. In that regard, Monk was like the Steve Largent of the NFC. I can only imagine if Monk had someone like a Montana or Staubach.

    As a Pats fan, same kind of argument, Stanley Morgan was awesome and would have had better numbers in a non-run first style
    offense with a better qb.

  57. The greatest wide receiver weapon was Paul Warfield … He had to be accounted for on every play, which opened up the Browns and Dolphins great running games … Had 85 TDs despite only 400 plus catches and averaged 20 yrds per catch …

    Browns last championship … 1964
    Dolphins last championship … 1973/74

    Both with Warfield

  58. .1 Lance Rentzel
    .2 Jack Snow
    .3 Roger Carr
    .4 Bob Chandler RIP
    .5 Dwight Clark
    .6 Jimmy Cefalo
    .7 Golden Richards
    .8 Jordy Nelson
    .9 Wes Welker
    .10 Wayne Chrebet

  59. It’s a question with error built in to any answer. The old-timers you can only assess by numbers–you didn’t see them play, and out-of-context highlights are meaningless. Everyone agrees that numbers aren’t the whole story, so none of us can really evaluate Don Hutson, or Alworth or Raymond Berry for that matter–some people may have childhood memories of Alworth and Berry, but nothing better than that. As for people you have seen, memory is unreliable and affected by reputation, and anyway it’s meaningless to try to talk about a player’s raw ability outside of the context of coaching, the quarterbacks throwing to him, etc.

    You don’t play to make a list. You play to win the game.

  60. In no particular order: Moss, Rice, Monk, Irvin, Megatron, A. Brown (sad but true), Largent, T.O., Carter and Larry Fitz.

  61. Funny on how the green and yellows do not mention Moss, with obviously good reason. Moss dominated the pack and disliked their fans. Greatest receivers . Sterling Sharpe James Lofton? Please child.

  62. stellarperformance says:
    March 28, 2020 at 2:08 pm
    Moss had an all-time losing record of 7-8 against the Packers

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    The Vikings had a 7-8 record against the packers during Moss career. Moss pulled his weight having over 70 receptions over 1300 yards and 14 TDS. Silly green and yellow

  63. Honestly though, please just go youtube randy moss highlights. All that needs to be said in terms of most talent. Agreed he did not live up to his potential, but that was still good enough for consensus top 3 all time.

    Let’s not forget, Moss never truly played with a great offensive mind until NE, where he broke the NFL record for TD passes, when he was past his athletic prime.

    Steve Young said of Randy Moss “I always wanted him in the West Coast offense so he could run some routes. He’d be unstoppable, completely unstoppable, in a more structured offense. And he’s a Hall of Fame player as it is. But in a more structured offense, they would have had to make him illegal.

  64. Moss was the most uncoverable WR of all time. He laughed at DBs. When he felt like it.

    Welker was a better WR than Edelman. Edelman has better playoff stats because he played in more games. Welker invented the position. And had much better numbers overall.

  65. Rice, Hutson, Alworth top 3. Split lot of hairs on next two with Fitz, then maybe Megatron, Largent

  66. The best way to answer this question is to ask:

    Deion Sanders, D.Revis, C. Bailey, Rod Woodson, Mel Blount, Mike Haynes and Willie Brown.

    What we see as fans and what they see as All Pros are totally different. Only the best ever on defense can judge the best ever on offense.

  67. Don Hutson
    Tim Brown
    Marvin Harrison
    Steve Largent
    Larry Fitz

    Moss, TO, Megatron do not get on my list because 2 of the guys were major headaches, and Megatron didn’t play long enough and allowed injuries to make him a worthless decoy for about 1/3 of his games.

  68. Everybodys list is valid, of course. But I would ask that some of the younger Fans look at SuperBowls VIII and IX. Griese won a Ring going 6 of 7 for 63Yds in VIII. Bradshaw was 9 of 14 for 84 Yds in IX.

    The “Mel Blount Rule” outlawing Bump and Run defense fundamentally changed the game! Might be a better Poll is the eras were separated, in my opinion.

  69. Lots of great ones but this is my top favs Jerry Rice,don Hudson,raymond berry,harlon hill,randy moss. No order they all could play ball .

  70. Receivers these days have it pretty nice compared to the old days when head hunters roamed the field. Prior to the rules changes that favored the offense, receivers would get bumps and bruises as they ran their patterns downfield. Now they get a police escort from the zebras. With that in mind I favor the older crowd and have Don Hutson along with Paul Warfield at the top of my draft board. Hutson because he clearly outclassed the field of his day and Warfield because of his speed, hands and reputation as a great, hard-hitting blocker which was a significant contribution to their undefeated season.

  71. I wish Digg’s wanted to stay in Minnesota, but I sure as heck know he can manipulate the media.

  72. Don Hutson led the league in receptions 8 times, including 5 straight years. Twice he finished 2nd and his rookie year he finished 6th.

    7 times he finished first in receiving yards. 3x he was 2nd and once he was 3rd.

    9x led the league in receiving TDs. 2x he was second.

    8x he led the league in touchdowns and was always in the top 5.

    5x he led the league in scoring, 3x he was second, 1x 3rd.

    9x he was in the leagues top 5 in yards from scrimmage, leading the league 3x.

    He was also league MVP 2x, the only WR to ever win the award.

    Hutson is the best receiver to ever play the game. He was so much better than anyone else at the position when he played that to try to compare him to guys who play in the passing era is a complete disservice.

    Jerry Rice was very good and had amazing stats for years, but the differential between his numbers and many other players at the time is not great. In 1995, perhaps Rice’s best, Herman Moore, Chris Carter Isaac Brice and others had similar types of seasons. Pick the season and the story is the same.

    With Hutson, the numbers in comparison are silly.

  73. 1 – Randy Moss
    2 – Jerry Rice
    3 – Calvin Johnson
    4 – Terrell Owens
    5 – Larry Fitzgerald

  74. tylawspick6 says:
    March 28, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    war27 says:
    March 28, 2020 at 3:27 pm
    You could probably name 25 receivers and somehow make a case for them all to be in the top 5. They all brought different things to the game.

    Cliff Branch gets left off every ones list but he one of the most feared players to play the spot. He was the Tyreek Hill of the 70’s.

    And don’t laugh but one of the best that will always be left off is Wes Welker. The Moss deep and Welker underneath combo was amazing in New England. He might not be a top 5 or even top 25 in pure WR talent alone but what he was able to do in New England had everyone looking for the next Wes Welker, even today. Even New England was looking and made Julian Edelman their new Welker.

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    Welker was great but limited. Edelman has more range and is clearly the more dynamic player.

    Edelman’s incredible postseason numbers support that.

    Edelman is somewhere in a top 15-20 range, but ahead of Welker.

    There are quiet producers like Steve Smith or someone like Jimmy Smith from Jax who get left off of lists. All of them are borderline HoF candidates.

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    Edelman is great but he has no where near the stats Welker put up in 6 seasons in New England.

    683 – 7459

    2007 tied for league lead in receptions with 112
    2009 lead league in receptions and 2nd in yardage 123/1348
    2011 lead the league in receptions and was 2nd in yardage with 122/1569

    By stats only JE topped 100 receptions twice in 10 seasons.
    He has only 3 1000 yard seasons. 1117, 1106, 1056.

    Welker topped 100 receptions 5 out of 6 seasons. 123, 122, 118, 112 and 111
    Welker topped 1000 yards 5 out of 6 seasons. 1569!!!!, 1354, 1348, 1175 and 1165.

    5 out of 6 of Welkers New England years are better than everything Edelman has ever had.

  75. Steve Largent held nearly all WR records when he retired 30 years ago.
    He was the first receiver to record 100 receiving TDs, breaking Don Hutson’s record that stood for 44 years. 30 years later Largent is still 9th all-time.
    “The Hit” on Mike Harden is Legendary. One of the all-time great hits by ANYBODY let alone a WR that was considered too small and too slow to play the game.

  76. Don Hutson for his era domination. Jerry Rice. From there probably a dozen names.

    But not Fred Blietnekoff. That guy averaged MORE than 60 yards a game 2 times in 14 seasons (never more than 75).

    His name probably belongs outside a top 30 conversation, different era allowance included.

  77. theitalianarmy says:
    I think this guy’s a little confused… He thought the question was “Who’s the greatest WHITE receiver of all time”…

  78. aj66shanghai says:
    March 28, 2020 at 1:35 pm
    Nice to see some love for Steve Largent. He barely even gets remembered in Seattle, since all the Seattlites got replaced by Amazon employees

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    You’ve obviously NEVER been to Seattle. LMAO
    There are more classic Largent jerseys at every home game than any other by far.
    Amazon is only the third largest employer in Seattle, well behind Boeing and Microsoft, then of course theres Starbucks,

  79. So I looked at it a little differently. Let’s assume all of these receivers are in their absolute prime. And now, your team is playing in the Super Bowl against one of them. Which one would most NOT want on the another team?…admit it, most of you thought Randy Moss, right?

  80. The problem with making a list like this and having fans offer their opinions is, most of the fans only know the “modern” era — and worse — most of the announcers and media only know the “modern” era, too. So — the present players get an overwhelmingly biased view verses their predecessors.
    It’s why these “greatest of all time” lists are a total waste of time. I could mention a dozen WR’s right off the top of my head from the 50’s and 60’s that were great players that 75% of the people posting in here never heard of. And almost no one saw the players of the early days of the NFL, so all those players get slighted, too.
    Lists like this are a joke and mean absolutely nothing. The only list you can make which is more fair is a list of the greatest players “of their era”. Then it’s a lot more accurate.

  81. I’m shooting for 500 thumbs down.

    1. Antonio Brown
    2. OBJ
    3. T.O.
    4. Michael Irving
    5. JUJU – For that block that layed out Vontez

  82. @flviking

    Sterling Sharpe James Lofton? Please child.

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    They played when WR’s had to take a hit.

    Moss was a toothpick. He likely would have been a two year and out player in a league where lighting up a receive was the norm.

    Moss was the perfect receiver for the touch football era he played in. Nevermind he wouldn’t have had all that live jumbotron goodness to watch and time his catches.

  83. Rice
    Antonio Brown(seriously look at his career stats)
    Randy Moss
    Calvin Johnson
    Hines Ward (one of the best FOOTBALL players ever.)
    The lack of Antonio Brown in these lists is infuriating.

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