Greatest Wide Receivers

by OfficialPaul | created - 21 Dec 2010 | updated - 01 Nov 2012 | Public

1. Jerry Rice

Actor | The Class

The finest wide receiver in the history of NFL football, bar none. The incredibly athletic Rice has scored the most touchdowns in NFL history, plus he holds virtually every career record for receptions, yards receiving, all-purpose yards, touchdown receptions and yards from scrimmage, and most ...

1,549 Rec | 22,895 Rec YDs | 197 Rec TDs • 13× Pro Bowl selection; • 12× All-Pro selection; • 3× Super Bowl Champion (XXIII, XXIV, XXIX); • 3x NFC champion; • AFC champion

Awards • 2× AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1987, 1993) • 3× NFC Offensive Player of the Year (1986, 1987) • PFWA MVP (1988) • Pro Bowl MVP (1996) • Super Bowl XXIII MVP

Honors • Pro Football Hall of Fame (2010) • NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team • NFL 1980s All-Decade Team • NFL 1990s All-Decade Team • San Francisco 49ers #80 retired • Rated #2 NFL Player of all-time by Sporting News (1999) • Rated #1 NFL Player of all-time by NFL.com (2010)

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2. Don Hutson

Self | Super Bowl XXII

Donald Montgomery Hutson was the first star wide receiver in NFL history. He is credited with creating many of the modern pass routes used in the NFL today. He is credited as the first to use the buttonhook, z-out, hook and go and countless other routes that have become staples of offensive ...

488 REC | 7,991 YDs | 99 TDs

Awards • 2× Joe F. Carr Trophy winner (1941, 1942)

Records • Green Bay Packers all-time leading TD receptions leader (99)

Honors • Pro Football Hall of Fame (1963) • Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame • NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team • NFL 1930s All-Decade Team • Green Bay Packers #14 Retired • Rated #6 NFL Player of all-time by Sporting News (1999) • Rated #9 NFL Player of all-time by NFL.com (2010)

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3. Michael Irvin

Actor | Jack and Jill

Michael Irvin was born on March 5, 1966 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA as Michael Jerome Irvin. He is an actor and writer, known for Jack and Jill (2011), The Longest Yard (2005) and Criminal Minds (2005). He has been married to Sandy Harrell since June 23, 1990. They have four children.

750 Rec | 11,904 YDs | 65 TDs

• 5× Pro Bowl selection (1991, 92, 93, 94, 95); • First-Team All-Pro selection (1991); • 2× Second-Team All-Pro selection (1992, 93); • 3× Super Bowl champion (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX)

Awards • Pro Bowl MVP (1992)

Honors • Pro Football Hall of Fame (2007) • NFL 1990s All-Decade Team • Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor • Rated #92 NFL Player of all-time by NFL.com (2010)

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4. Terrell Owens

Actor | Any Given Sunday

Terrell Owens was born on December 7, 1973 in Alexander City, Alabama, USA as Terrell Eldorado Owens. He is an actor and producer, known for Any Given Sunday (1999), Dysfunctional Friends (2012) and Lap Dance (2014). He has been married to Rachel Snider since January 23, 2014.

NFL 2000s All-Decade Team

5. Marvin Harrison

Self | NFL Monday Night Football

Marvin Harrison was born on August 25, 1972 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Marvin Daniel Harrison. He is known for his work on NFL Monday Night Football (1970), The NFL on CBS (1956) and The NFL on NBC (1965).

NFL 2000s All-Decade Team

6. Randy Moss

Producer | Sunday NFL Countdown

Randy Moss was born on February 13, 1977 in Rand, West Virginia, USA as Randy Gene Moss. He is an actor and producer, known for Sunday NFL Countdown (1985), Fox Football Daily (2013) and ADHDtv: With Lew Marklin (2007).

NFL 2000s All-Decade Team

7. Raymond Berry

Self | NFL Monday Night Football

Raymond Berry was born on February 27, 1933 in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA as Raymond Emmett Berry. He is known for his work on NFL Monday Night Football (1970), The NFL on CBS (1956) and The NFL on NBC (1965).

8. Steve Largent

Self | The NFL on NBC

Steve Largent was born on September 28, 1954 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA as Stephen Michael Largent. He is known for his work on The NFL on NBC (1965), NFL Monday Night Football (1970) and The NFL on CBS (1956). He has been married to Terry Largent since January 4, 1975. They have four children.

9. Lance Alworth

Actor | Greatest Sports Legends

Lance Alworth was born on August 3, 1940 in Houston, Texas, USA as Lance Dwight Alworth. He is an actor, known for Greatest Sports Legends (1972), NFL Monday Night Football (1970) and AFL on ABC (1960). He has been married to Laura Churchill since 1997. He was previously married to Joyce Lewis ...

10. Fred Biletnikoff

Actor | The Norseman

Fred Biletnikoff was born on February 23, 1943 in Erie, Pennsylvania, USA as Frederick Biletnikoff. He is an actor, known for The Norseman (1978), A Knife for the Ladies (1974) and Matt Houston (1982). He has been married to Angela Loder since May 31, 1991. They have one child. He was previously ...

11. Paul Warfield

Self | NFL Monday Night Football

Paul Warfield was born on November 28, 1942 in Warren, Ohio, USA as Paul Dryden Warfield. He is known for his work on NFL Monday Night Football (1970), The NFL on NBC (1965) and The NFL on CBS (1956).

12. Charlie Joiner

Self | NFL Monday Night Football

Charlie Joiner was born on October 14, 1948 in Many, Louisiana, USA as Charles Joiner Jr. He is known for his work on NFL Monday Night Football (1970), The NFL on CBS (1956) and The NFL on NBC (1965).

13. Charley Taylor

Self | The NFL on NBC

Charley Taylor was born on September 28, 1941 in Grand Prairie, Texas, USA as Charles Robert Taylor. He is an actor, known for The NFL on NBC (1965), NFL Monday Night Football (1970) and The NFL on CBS (1956). He has been married to Patricia since 1965. They have three children.

14. Don Maynard

Self | AFL on ABC

Don Maynard was born on January 25, 1935 in Crosbyton, Texas, USA as Donald Rogers Maynard. He is known for his work on AFL on ABC (1960), The NFL on CBS (1956) and NFL Monday Night Football (1970). He was previously married to Marilyn Weaver.

15. Andre Reed

Actor | MacGyver

Andre Reed was born on January 29, 1964 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA as Andre Darnell Reed. He is an actor, known for MacGyver (2016), Hawaii Five-0 (2010) and Magnum P.I. (2018).

16. Cris Carter

Actor | Ballers

Cris Carter was born on November 25, 1965 in Troy, Ohio, USA as Graduel Christopher Darin Carter. He is an actor, known for Ballers (2015), NFL Monday Night Football (1970) and The NFL on CBS (1956). He has been married to Melanie Morgan since February 24, 1990. They have two children.

17. Tim Brown

Self | Little Giants

Tim Brown was born on July 22, 1966 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Timothy Donell Brown. He is an actor, known for Little Giants (1994), Ballers (2015) and NFL Monday Night Football (1970). He has been married to Sherice Weaver since June 21, 1997. They have four children.

18. Art Monk

Actor | Jerry Maguire

Art Monk was born on December 5, 1957 in White Plains, New York, USA as James Arthur Monk. He is an actor, known for Jerry Maguire (1996), NFL Monday Night Football (1970) and The NFL on CBS (1956). He is married to Desirre. They have three children.

19. Torry Holt

Producer | The Hip-Hop Fellow

Torry Holt was born on June 5, 1976 in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA as Torry Jabar Holt. He is a producer, known for The Hip-Hop Fellow (2014), NFL Monday Night Football (1970) and The NFL on CBS (1956).

NFL 2000s All-Decade Team

20. Lynn Swann

Actor | The Waterboy

Lynn Swann was born on March 7, 1952 in Alcoa, Tennessee, USA as Lynn Curtis Swann. He is an actor, known for The Waterboy (1998), The Last Boy Scout (1991) and Family Matters (1989). He has been married to Charena Shaffer since June 23, 1991. They have two children. He was previously married to ...

21. John Stallworth

Self | NFL Monday Night Football

John Stallworth was born on July 15, 1952 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA as Johnny Lee Stallworth. He is known for his work on NFL Monday Night Football (1970), The NFL on NBC (1965) and Super Bowl X (1976). He has been married to Flora Stein since May 25, 1974. They have two children.

22. Bob Hayes

Self | NFL Monday Night Football

Bob Hayes was born on December 20, 1942 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA as Robert Lee Hayes. He is known for his work on NFL Monday Night Football (1970), The NFL on CBS (1956) and The NFL on NBC (1965). He died on September 18, 2002 in Jacksonville.

23. James Lofton

Writer | NFL on Prime Video

James Lofton was born on July 5, 1956 in Fort Ord, California, USA as James David Lofton. He is a writer and producer, known for NFL on Prime Video (2017), NFL Monday Night Football (1970) and The NFL on NBC (1965). He has been married to Beverly Fanning since January 30, 1981. They have four ...

24. Issac Bruce

Self | The NFL on CBS

Issac Bruce was born on November 10, 1972 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA as Isaac Isidore Bruce. He is known for his work on The NFL on CBS (1956), NFL Monday Night Football (1970) and The NFL on NBC (1965).

25. Hines Ward

Actor | Dynasty

Hines Ward was born on March 8, 1976 in Seoul, South Korea as Hines Ward Jr. He is an actor, known for Dynasty (2017), NFL Monday Night Football (1970) and The NFL on CBS (1956). He has been married to Lindsey Georgalas since July 27, 2014. He was previously married to Simone.

26. Andre Johnson

Self | NFL Monday Night Football

Andre Johnson was born on July 11, 1981 in Miami, Florida, USA as Andre Lamont Johnson. He is known for his work on NFL Monday Night Football (1970), The NFL on CBS (1956) and ESPN College Football Thursday Primetime (1992).

27. Larry Fitzgerald

Producer | All Eyez on Me

Height: 6'3 / Weight: 218 / College: Pittsburgh / Hometown: Minneapolis, MN / DOB: August 31, 1983 / Pro Bowl Selection: 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Two-time All-State and prep All-America receiver at Academy of the Holy Angels (Minneapolis, MN), High School Larry Fitzgerald ...

28. Larry Fitzgerald

Self | A Football Life

Larry Fitzgerald was born as Larry Darnell Fitzgerald Sr.

29. Calvin Johnson

Self | The NFL on CBS

Calvin Johnson was born on September 29, 1985 in Newnan, Georgia, USA as Jr. Calvin Johnson. He is known for his work on The NFL on CBS (1956), ESPN College Football Thursday Primetime (1992) and Entertainment Tonight (1981). He has been married to Brittney McNorton since June 4, 2016. They have ...

30. Anquan Boldin

Self | NFL Monday Night Football

Anquan Boldin was born on October 3, 1980 in Pahokee, Florida, USA as Anquan Kenmile Boldin. He is known for his work on NFL Monday Night Football (1970), ESPN College Football (1979) and The NFL on CBS (1956).

31. Wes Welker

Actor | Ballers

Wes Welker was born on May 1, 1981 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. He is an actor, known for Ballers (2015), NFL Monday Night Football (1970) and The NFL on CBS (1956). He has been married to Anna Welker since June 24, 2012. They have three children.

32. Sterling Sharpe

Self | The NFL on NBC

Sterling Sharpe was born on April 6, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is known for his work on The NFL on NBC (1965), NFL Monday Night Football (1970) and The NFL on CBS (1956).

33. Irving Fryar

Actor | Any Given Sunday

Irving Fryar was born on September 28, 1962 in Mount Holly, New Jersey, USA as Irving Dale Fryar. He is an actor, known for Any Given Sunday (1999), NFL Monday Night Football (1970) and The NFL on NBC (1965). He was previously married to Jacqueline.

34. Andre Rison

Actor | TNA iMPACT! Wrestling

Andre Rison was born on March 18, 1967 in Flint, Michigan, USA as Andre Previn Rison. He is an actor and producer, known for TNA iMPACT! Wrestling (2004), Arli$$ (1996) and Hopelessly in Love (2020). He is married to Lisa Lopez. They have four children. He was previously married to Tonja Harding.

35. Jimmy Smith

Self | NFL Monday Night Football

Jimmy Smith was born on February 9, 1969 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Jimmy Lee Smith Jr. He is known for his work on NFL Monday Night Football (1970), The NFL on NBC (1965) and The NFL on CBS (1956).

36. Keenan McCardell

Self | NFL Monday Night Football

Keenan McCardell was born on January 6, 1970 in Houston, Texas, USA as Keenan Wayne Mccardell. He is known for his work on NFL Monday Night Football (1970), The NFL on NBC (1965) and The NFL on CBS (1956).

37. Keyshawn Johnson

Writer | Keyshawn, JWill and Zubin

Keyshawn Johnson was born on July 22, 1972 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Keyshawn Joseph Johnson. He is a writer and producer, known for Keyshawn, JWill and Zubin (2020), 30 for 30 (2009) and NFL Live (1991). He has been married to Jennifer Conrad since August 24, 2014. They have two children....

38. Reggie Wayne

Actor | Parks and Recreation

Reggie Wayne was born on November 17, 1978 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He is an actor, known for Parks and Recreation (2009), NFL Monday Night Football (1970) and The NFL on CBS (1956).

39. Rod Smith

Actor | Woodshop

Rod Smith was born on May 15, 1970 in Texarkana, Arkansas, USA as Roderick Smith. He is an actor, known for Woodshop (2010), NFL Monday Night Football (1970) and The NFL on CBS (1956).

40. Chad Johnson

Actor | American Reunion

Chad Johnson was born on January 9, 1978 in Miami, Florida, USA as Chad Javon Johnson. He is an actor, known for American Reunion (2012), Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015) and The League (2009). He was previously married to Evelyn Lozada.

41. Muhsin Muhammed

Self | NFL Monday Night Football

Muhsin Muhammed was born on May 5, 1973 in Lansing, Michigan, USA as Muhsin Muhammad II. He is known for his work on NFL Monday Night Football (1970), The NFL on CBS (1956) and ESPN's Sunday Night Football (1987).

42. Henry Ellard

Self | NFL Monday Night Football

Henry Ellard was born on July 21, 1961 in Fresno, California, USA as Henry Austin Ellard. He is known for his work on NFL Monday Night Football (1970), The NFL on NBC (1965) and The NFL on CBS (1956).

43. Gary Clark

Self | NFL Monday Night Football

Gary Clark was born on May 1, 1962 in Radford, Virginia, USA as Gary C. Clark. He is known for his work on NFL Monday Night Football (1970), The NFL on CBS (1956) and The NFL on NBC (1965).

44. Steve Smith

Self | NFL Monday Night Football

Steve Smith was born on August 30, 1964 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Steven Anthony Smith. He is an actor, known for NFL Monday Night Football (1970), The NFL on NBC (1965) and The NFL on CBS (1956).

45. Eric Moulds

Self | NFL Monday Night Football

Eric Moulds was born on July 17, 1973 in Lucedale, Mississippi, USA as Eric Shannon Moulds. He is known for his work on NFL Monday Night Football (1970), The NFL on CBS (1956) and The NFL on NBC (1965).

46. Joey Galloway

Writer | ESPN College Football

Joey Galloway was born on November 20, 1971 in Bellaire, Ohio, USA as Joseph Scott Galloway. He is a writer and producer, known for ESPN College Football (1979), College Football Live (2007) and ESPN College Football Thursday Primetime (1992).

47. Donald Driver

Actor | Living on the Fringe

Donald Driver is the Green Bay Packers' all-time leading wide receiver, a Super Bowl champion, New York Times bestselling author and season 14 "Dancing with the Stars" champion. Driver has made over a dozen appearances on "Good Morning America," and has also appeared on popular programs such as "...

48. Laveranues Coles

Actor | Why Did I Get Married Too?

Laveranues Coles was born on December 29, 1977 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA as Laveranues Leon Coles. He is an actor, known for Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010), NFL Monday Night Football (1970) and The NFL on CBS (1956).

49. Santana Moss

Producer | The Safety

Santana Moss was born on June 1, 1979 in Miami, Florida, USA as Santana Terrell Moss. He is a producer, known for The Safety, NFL Monday Night Football (1970) and The NFL on CBS (1956).

50. Herman Moore

Actor | Jerry Maguire

Herman Moore was born on October 20, 1969 in Danville, Virginia, USA as Herman Joseph Moore. He is an actor, known for Jerry Maguire (1996), Sensual (2010) and NFL Monday Night Football (1970).

51. Amani Toomer

Producer | Perfect Effort

Amani Toomer was born on September 8, 1974 in Berkeley, California, USA as Amani Askari Toomer. He is a producer, known for Perfect Effort (2007), NFL Monday Night Football (1970) and The NFL on CBS (1956). He was previously married to Yolanda Dabrowski.

52. Drew Hill

Self | NFL Monday Night Football

Drew Hill was born on October 5, 1956 in Newnan, Georgia, USA as Andrew Hill. He is known for his work on NFL Monday Night Football (1970), American Gladiators (1989) and The NFL on NBC (1965). He died on March 18, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.

53. Terrance Mathis

Self | NFL Monday Night Football

Terrance Mathis was born on June 7, 1967 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Terance Paul Mathis. He is known for his work on NFL Monday Night Football (1970), The NFL on CBS (1956) and The NFL on NBC (1965).

54. Ricky Proehl

Self | NFL Monday Night Football

Ricky Proehl is a 17-year veteran of the NFL. He started playing football when he was eight years old. He attended Hillsborough High School in Hillsborough, New Jersey, where he starred in both football and baseball. Proehl attended Wake Forest University, where he was a four-year letterman in ...

55. Bobby Engram

Self | The NFL on NBC

Bobby Engram was born on January 7, 1973 in Camden, South Carolina, USA as Simon J. Engram III. He is known for his work on The NFL on NBC (1965), NFL Monday Night Football (1970) and The NFL on CBS (1956).

56. Rob Moore

Actor | Jerry Maguire

Born September 27, 1968, Rob Moore is one of the most talented wide receivers in the NFL today. Originally from Long Island, Moore played wide receiver for Syracuse University. He was drafted in the first round of the 1990 supplemental draft by the New York Jets. In 1994, he was selected to the Pro...

57. Johnnie Morton

Actor | Jerry Maguire

Johnnie Morton was born on October 7, 1971 in Inglewood, California, USA as Johnnie James Morton. He is an actor, known for Jerry Maguire (1996), Moesha (1996) and NFL Monday Night Football (1970).

58. T.J. Houshmandzadeh

Self | NFL Monday Night Football

T.J. Houshmandzadeh was born on September 26, 1977 in Victorville, California, USA as Touraj Houshmandzadeh. He is known for his work on NFL Monday Night Football (1970), The NFL on CBS (1956) and NFL Thursday Night Football (2006).

59. Joe Horn

Self | The NFL on NBC

Joe Horn was born on January 16, 1972 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA as Joseph Horn. He is known for his work on The NFL on NBC (1965), NFL Monday Night Football (1970) and The NFL on CBS (1956).

60. Curtis Conway

Actor | Married with Children

Curtis Conway was born on January 13, 1971 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Curtis LaMont Conway. He is an actor, known for Married... with Children (1987), NFL Monday Night Football (1970) and The NFL on CBS (1956). He has been married to Laila Ali since July 22, 2007. They have two children. He...

61. Terry Glenn

Self | NFL Monday Night Football

Terry Glenn was born on July 23, 1974 in Columbus, Ohio, USA as Terrance Tyree Glenn. He is known for his work on NFL Monday Night Football (1970), The NFL on NBC (1965) and The NFL on CBS (1956). He died on November 20, 2017 in Dallas, Texas, USA.

62. Tony Martin

Self | NFL Monday Night Football

Tony Martin was born on September 5, 1965 in Miami, Florida, USA as Tony Derick Martin. He is known for his work on NFL Monday Night Football (1970), The NFL on NBC (1965) and The NFL on CBS (1956).

63. Harold Carmichael

Self | NFL Monday Night Football

Harold Carmichael was born on September 22, 1949 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA as Lee Harold Carmichael. He is known for his work on NFL Monday Night Football (1970), The NFL on CBS (1956) and The NFL on NBC (1965).

64. Mike Quick

Actor | Invincible

Mike Quick was born on May 14, 1959 in Hamlet, North Carolina, USA as Michael Anthony Quick. He is an actor, known for Invincible (2006), The Goldbergs (2013) and The NFL on NBC (1965).

65. Anthony Miller

Self | The NFL on CBS

Anthony Miller was born on April 15, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Lawrence Anthony Miller. He is known for his work on The NFL on CBS (1956), NFL Monday Night Football (1970) and The NFL on NBC (1965).

66. Bill Brooks

Self | NFL Monday Night Football

Bill Brooks was born on April 6, 1964 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as William Brooks Jr. He is known for his work on NFL Monday Night Football (1970), The NFL on NBC (1965) and The NFL on CBS (1956).

67. Mark Clayton

Self | NFL Monday Night Football

Mark Clayton was born on April 8, 1961 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA as Mark Gregory Clayton. He is known for his work on NFL Monday Night Football (1970), The NFL on CBS (1956) and American Gladiators (1989).

68. Carl Pickens

Self | NFL Monday Night Football

Carl Pickens was born on March 23, 1970 in Murphy, North Carolina, USA as Carl McNally Pickens. He is known for his work on NFL Monday Night Football (1970), The NFL on NBC (1965) and The NFL on CBS (1956).

69. Marty Booker

Self | NFL Monday Night Football

Marty Booker was born on July 31, 1976 in Marrero, Louisiana, USA as Marty Montez Booker. He is known for his work on NFL Monday Night Football (1970), The NFL on CBS (1956) and ESPN's Sunday Night Football (1987).

70. Ike Hilliard

Producer | When I Grow Up?

Ike Hilliard was born on April 5, 1976 in Patterson, Louisiana, USA as Isaac Jason Hilliard. He is a producer, known for When I Grow Up? (2020), NFL Monday Night Football (1970) and The NFL on CBS (1956).

71. Eddie Kennison

Self | The NFL on CBS

Eddie Kennison was born on January 20, 1973 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA as Eddie Joseph Kennison III. He is known for his work on The NFL on CBS (1956), NFL Monday Night Football (1970) and The NFL on NBC (1965).

72. Stanley Morgan

Self | The NFL on CBS

Stanley Morgan was born on February 17, 1955 in Easley, South Carolina, USA as Stanley Douglas Morgan. He is an actor, known for The NFL on CBS (1956), NFL Monday Night Football (1970) and The NFL on NBC (1965).

73. Troy Brown

Actor | The Three Stooges

Troy Brown was born on July 2, 1971 in Barnwell, South Carolina, USA as Troy Fitzgerald Brown. He is an actor, known for The Three Stooges (2012), Family Guy (1999) and NFL Monday Night Football (1970).

74. Santonio Holmes

Self | NFL Monday Night Football

Santonio Holmes was born on March 30, 1984 in Belle Glade, Florida, USA as Santonio Holmes Jr. He is known for his work on NFL Monday Night Football (1970), The NFL on CBS (1956) and NFL Thursday Night Football (2006).



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