The Best Wide Receivers in NFL History

NFL experts and fans alike have debated the question for decades: who are the best wide receivers in NFL history?  Well, we hope to contribute to the conversation with this article. considering the running abilities, good football cleats for wide receivers is a must.

Here are the 5 best wide receivers who graced the NFL with their skills.

5. Michael Irvin


Michael Irvin

Michael Irvin played for the Dallas Cowboys with Troy Aikman behind center. During this time, he earned the nickname “The Playmaker.” 

He got the name after it became normal and expected for him to make huge plays in crucial games, both in college at the University of Miami and in the NFL.

And, not surprisingly, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

4. Larry Fitzgerald Jr.


Larry Fitzgerald Jr.

After playing football at the University of Pittsburgh and earning a spot on the All-American team, Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. went to play for the Arizona Cardinals in 2004, and he has never played for any other NFL team.

He now has the fifth most receiving yards in NFL history, and he also was the youngest player in the NFL to catch 1,000 receptions in his career. And Fitzgerald is the only player on this list who has not yet retired, although there is speculation that 2018 may be his last year.

3. Terrell Owens


Terrell Owens

Terrell Owens, aka T.O., went to the Pro Bowl six times and holds a handful of NFL records. He has the second most career receiving yards with 15,934. 

He has the third most receiving touchdowns with 153. Also, he and eight other players are the only ones to have at least 1,000 career catches. (Side note: if this were a list of the most controversial NFL wide receivers, Owens would probably be number one or two.   

Throughout his career, Owens bounced around to different cities, playing for the San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, and the Seattle Seahawks.

2. Randy Moss


Randy Moss

After 14 seasons as an NFL wide receiver, Moss is one of the most respected wide receivers in history. He holds the record the most touchdowns in a season as a veteran (23) and a rookie.

He ranks second for the most catches in a season with 156. Some say he’s the best wide receiver to ever play the game, but there’s one person left to mention.    

He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings where he played for seven years. He also played for the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans, and New England Patriots.

1. Jerry Rice 


Jerry Rice

Most people recognize Jerry Rice as the best wide receiver ever and one of the best NFL players period. He wins when it comes to most of the stats.He has the most overall touchdowns, most receptions, and the most yards.

He was a 13-time Pro Bowl selectee and a 12-time All-Pro selectee. Plus, he won three Super Bowls, all with the San Francisco 49ers.     

He also was the fastest player to get 100 touchdowns, and the fastest to get 12k, 13k, 14k, and 15k receiving yards. On top of that (and probably the reason he holds so many records), he holds the record for most games played in a regular season.

Above are the best wide receivers in NFL history. How could Rice not be the best wide receiver in NFL history?

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