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Published: June 26, 2017 at 12:19 p.m.
Updated: June 26, 2017 at 02:45 p.m.

Gil Brandt's greatest NFL receivers of all time

NFL Media senior analyst and personnel guru Gil Brandt ranks the best wide receivers in NFL history. Take a look at how they stack up.

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  • St. Louis Rams 1999-2008, Jacksonville Jaguars 2009<br>
&raquo; One-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to seven Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time<br>
&raquo; Recorded 13,382 career receiving yards<br>
&raquo; Scored 74 career receiving touchdowns 32

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    32. Torry Holt

    St. Louis Rams 1999-2008, Jacksonville Jaguars 2009
    » One-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to seven Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time
    » Recorded 13,382 career receiving yards
    » Scored 74 career receiving touchdowns

  • Pittsburgh Steelers 1974-1982<br>
&raquo; Four-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time<br>
&raquo; Recorded 5,462 career receiving yards and scored 51 career receiving touchdowns<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 31

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    31. Lynn Swann

    Pittsburgh Steelers 1974-1982
    » Four-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time
    » Recorded 5,462 career receiving yards and scored 51 career receiving touchdowns
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • &raquo; Pittsburgh Steelers, 1974-1987<br>
&raquo; Four-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to three Pro Bowls, one-time First Team All-Pro<br>
&raquo; 537 career receptions, 8,723 receiving yards, 63 receiving touchdowns<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame 30

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    30. John Stallworth

    » Pittsburgh Steelers, 1974-1987
    » Four-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to three Pro Bowls, one-time First Team All-Pro
    » 537 career receptions, 8,723 receiving yards, 63 receiving touchdowns
    » Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • &raquo; Oakland Raiders, 1965-1978<br>
&raquo; One-time Super Bowl champion, one-time AFL champion<br>
&raquo; Named Super Bowl XI MVP<br>
&raquo; Voted to Pro Bowl four times, one-time First Team All-Pro, one-time First Team All-AFL<br>
&raquo; NFL receptions leader in 1971<br>
&raquo; Finished career with 589 receptions, 8,974 receiving yards, 76 touchdowns<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame 29

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    29. Fred Biletnikoff

    » Oakland Raiders, 1965-1978
    » One-time Super Bowl champion, one-time AFL champion
    » Named Super Bowl XI MVP
    » Voted to Pro Bowl four times, one-time First Team All-Pro, one-time First Team All-AFL
    » NFL receptions leader in 1971
    » Finished career with 589 receptions, 8,974 receiving yards, 76 touchdowns
    » Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Washington Redskins 1980-1993, New York Jets 1994, Philadelphia Eagles 1995<br>
&raquo; Three-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time<br>
&raquo; Recorded 12,721 career receiving yards and scored 68 career receiving touchdowns<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 28

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    28. Art Monk

    Washington Redskins 1980-1993, New York Jets 1994, Philadelphia Eagles 1995
    » Three-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time
    » Recorded 12,721 career receiving yards and scored 68 career receiving touchdowns
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Cleveland Browns 1946-1952<br>
&raquo; One-time NFL champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to two Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times<br>
&raquo; Recorded 5,602 career receiving yards<br>
&raquo; Scored 33 career receiving touchdowns 27

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    27. Mac Speedie

    Cleveland Browns 1946-1952
    » One-time NFL champion
    » Voted to two Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times
    » Recorded 5,602 career receiving yards
    » Scored 33 career receiving touchdowns

  • &raquo; Seattle Seahawks, 1976-1989
&raquo; Voted to seven Pro Bowls, three-time First Team All-Pro<br>
&raquo; Led league in receiving yards two times<br>
&raquo; NFL 1980s All-Decade Team<br>
&raquo; Finished career with 819 receptions, 13,089 receiving yards, 100 touchdowns<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame 26

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    26. Steve Largent

    » Seattle Seahawks, 1976-1989 » Voted to seven Pro Bowls, three-time First Team All-Pro
    » Led league in receiving yards two times
    » NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
    » Finished career with 819 receptions, 13,089 receiving yards, 100 touchdowns
    » Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • &raquo; Pittsburgh Steelers, 1998-2011<br>
&raquo; Two-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to five Pro Bowls<br>
&raquo; Finished career with 1,000 receptions for 12,083 yards and 85 receiving touchdowns 25

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    25. Hines Ward

    » Pittsburgh Steelers, 1998-2011
    » Two-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to five Pro Bowls
    » Finished career with 1,000 receptions for 12,083 yards and 85 receiving touchdowns

  • &raquo; Washington Redskins, 1964-1977<br>
&raquo; Voted to eight Pro Bowls, one-time First Team All-Pro<br>
&raquo; Two-time NFL receptions leader<br>
&raquo; NFL 1960s All-Decade Team<br>
&raquo; 649 career receptions, 9,110 receiving yards, 79 receiving touchdowns, 11 rushing touchdowns<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame 24

    Pro Football Hall of Fame

    24. Charley Taylor

    » Washington Redskins, 1964-1977
    » Voted to eight Pro Bowls, one-time First Team All-Pro
    » Two-time NFL receptions leader
    » NFL 1960s All-Decade Team
    » 649 career receptions, 9,110 receiving yards, 79 receiving touchdowns, 11 rushing touchdowns
    » Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Indianapolis Colts 2001-2014<br>
&raquo; One-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time<br>
&raquo; Recorded 14,345 career receiving yards<br>
&raquo; Scored 82 career receiving touchdowns 23

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    23. Reggie Wayne

    Indianapolis Colts 2001-2014
    » One-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time
    » Recorded 14,345 career receiving yards
    » Scored 82 career receiving touchdowns

  • Houston Oilers 1969-1972, Cincinnati Bengals 1972-1975, San Diego Chargers 1977-1986<br>
&raquo; Recorded 12,146 career receiving yards<br>
&raquo; Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time<br>
&raquo; Scored 65 career receiving touchdowns<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 22

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    22. Charlie Joiner

    Houston Oilers 1969-1972, Cincinnati Bengals 1972-1975, San Diego Chargers 1977-1986
    » Recorded 12,146 career receiving yards
    » Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time
    » Scored 65 career receiving touchdowns
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • &raquo; Dallas Cowboys, 1988-1999<br>
&raquo; Three-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to five Pro Bowls, two-time First Team All-Pro<br>
&raquo; NFL 1990s All-Decade Team<br>
&raquo; 750 career receptions, 11,904 receiving yards, 65 receiving touchdowns<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame 21

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    21. Michael Irvin

    » Dallas Cowboys, 1988-1999
    » Three-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to five Pro Bowls, two-time First Team All-Pro
    » NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
    » 750 career receptions, 11,904 receiving yards, 65 receiving touchdowns
    » Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • &raquo; Denver Broncos, 1995-2007<br>
&raquo; Two-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to three Pro Bowls, two-time First Team All-Pro<br>
&raquo; Finished career with 849 receptions, 11,389 receiving yards, 68 receiving touchdowns 20

    Greg Trott/Associated Press

    20. Rod Smith

    » Denver Broncos, 1995-2007
    » Two-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to three Pro Bowls, two-time First Team All-Pro
    » Finished career with 849 receptions, 11,389 receiving yards, 68 receiving touchdowns

  • Dallas Cowboys 1973-1983<br>
&raquo; One-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times<br>
&raquo; NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
&raquo; Recorded 7,822 career receiving yards and scored 48 career receiving touchdowns 19

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    19. Drew Pearson

    Dallas Cowboys 1973-1983
    » One-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times
    » NFL 1970s All-Decade Team » Recorded 7,822 career receiving yards and scored 48 career receiving touchdowns

  • Houston Texans 2003-2014, Indianapolis Colts 2015, Tennessee Titans 2016<br>
&raquo; Voted to seven Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times<br>
&raquo; Recorded 14,185 career receiving yards<br>
&raquo; Scored 70 career receiving touchdowns 18

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    18. Andre Johnson

    Houston Texans 2003-2014, Indianapolis Colts 2015, Tennessee Titans 2016
    » Voted to seven Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times
    » Recorded 14,185 career receiving yards
    » Scored 70 career receiving touchdowns

  • Los Angeles Rams 1994, St. Louis Rams 1995-2007, San Francisco 49ers 2008-2009<br>
&raquo; One-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to four Pro Bowls<br>
&raquo; Recorded 15,208 receiving yards<br>
&raquo; Scored 91 career receiving touchdowns 17

    Greg Trott/Associated Press

    17. Isaac Bruce

    Los Angeles Rams 1994, St. Louis Rams 1995-2007, San Francisco 49ers 2008-2009
    » One-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to four Pro Bowls
    » Recorded 15,208 receiving yards
    » Scored 91 career receiving touchdowns

  • Los Angeles Rams 1948-1956<br>
&raquo; One-time NFL champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to one Pro Bowl, First Team All-Pro one time<br>
&raquo; Recorded 5,397 career receiving yards and 38 career receiving touchdowns<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 16

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    16. Tom Fears

    Los Angeles Rams 1948-1956
    » One-time NFL champion
    » Voted to one Pro Bowl, First Team All-Pro one time
    » Recorded 5,397 career receiving yards and 38 career receiving touchdowns
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Chicago Rockets 1946-1948, Los Angeles Rams 1950-1957<br>
&raquo; One-time NFL champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times<br>
&raquo; Recorded 7,029 receiving yards and 60 receiving touchdowns<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 15

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    15. Elroy 'Crazy Legs' Hirsch

    Chicago Rockets 1946-1948, Los Angeles Rams 1950-1957
    » One-time NFL champion
    » Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times
    » Recorded 7,029 receiving yards and 60 receiving touchdowns
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Green Bay Packers 1978-1986, Los Angeles Raiders 1987-1988,
 Buffalo Bills 1989-1992, Philadelphia Eagles 1993, Los Angeles Rams 1993<br>
&raquo; Recorded 14,004 career receiving yards<br>
&raquo; Voted to eight Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one times<br>
&raquo; Logged 75 career receiving touchdowns<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 14

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    14. James Lofton

    Green Bay Packers 1978-1986, Los Angeles Raiders 1987-1988, Buffalo Bills 1989-1992, Philadelphia Eagles 1993, Los Angeles Rams 1993
    » Recorded 14,004 career receiving yards
    » Voted to eight Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one times
    » Logged 75 career receiving touchdowns
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Los Angeles Raiders 1988-1994, Oakland Raiders 1995-2003,
 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2004<br>
&raquo; Recorded 14,934 receiving yards<br>
&raquo; Voted to nine Pro Bowls<br>
&raquo; Logged 100 career receiving touchdowns<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 13

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    13. Tim Brown

    Los Angeles Raiders 1988-1994, Oakland Raiders 1995-2003, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2004
    » Recorded 14,934 receiving yards
    » Voted to nine Pro Bowls
    » Logged 100 career receiving touchdowns
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • San Diego Chargers 1962-1970, Dallas Cowboys 1971-1972<br>
&raquo; One-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to seven Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro six times<br>
&raquo; Had 10,266 receiving yards and scored 85 receiving touchdowns<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 12

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    12. Lance Alworth

    San Diego Chargers 1962-1970, Dallas Cowboys 1971-1972
    » One-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to seven Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro six times
    » Had 10,266 receiving yards and scored 85 receiving touchdowns
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Cleveland Browns 1964-1969; 1976-1977, Miami Dolphins 1970-1974<br>
&raquo; Two-time Super Bowl champion, One-time NFL champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to eight Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times<br>
&raquo; Had 8,565 career receiving yards and scored 85 career touchdowns<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 11

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    11. Paul Warfield

    Cleveland Browns 1964-1969; 1976-1977, Miami Dolphins 1970-1974
    » Two-time Super Bowl champion, One-time NFL champion
    » Voted to eight Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times
    » Had 8,565 career receiving yards and scored 85 career touchdowns
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Baltimore Colts 1955-1967<br>
&raquo; Two-time NFL champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times<br>
&raquo; Had 9,275 career receiving yards and scored 68 career touchdowns<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 10

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    10. Raymond Berry

    Baltimore Colts 1955-1967
    » Two-time NFL champion
    » Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times
    » Had 9,275 career receiving yards and scored 68 career touchdowns
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Philadelphia Eagles 1987-1989, Minnesota Vikings 1990-2001,
 Miami Dolphins 2002<br>
&raquo; Recorded 13,899 career receiving yards and 130 career receiving touchdowns<br>
&raquo; Voted to eight Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times<br>
&raquo; Ranks No. 5 all-time in career receptions<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 9

    Al Messerschmidt/Associated Press

    9. Cris Carter

    Philadelphia Eagles 1987-1989, Minnesota Vikings 1990-2001, Miami Dolphins 2002
    » Recorded 13,899 career receiving yards and 130 career receiving touchdowns
    » Voted to eight Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times
    » Ranks No. 5 all-time in career receptions
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Detroit Lions, 2007-2015<br>
&raquo; Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times<br>
&raquo; Started 130 of 135 NFL games<br>
&raquo; Holds NFL's single-season receiving yardage record with 1,964 yards in 2012<br>
&raquo; Third-highest receiving yards per game (86.1) in NFL history 8

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    8. Calvin Johnson

    Detroit Lions, 2007-2015
    » Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times
    » Started 130 of 135 NFL games
    » Holds NFL's single-season receiving yardage record with 1,964 yards in 2012
    » Third-highest receiving yards per game (86.1) in NFL history

  • Arizona Cardinals, 2004-present<br>
&raquo; Voted to 10 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time<br>
&raquo; Started 200 of 202 NFL games<br>
&raquo; Holds NFL record of four consecutive playoff games with at least 100 yards receiving.<br>
&raquo; No. 3 on the all-time receptions list with 1,125<br> 7

    Rick Scuteri/Associated Press

    7. Larry Fitzgerald

    Arizona Cardinals, 2004-present
    » Voted to 10 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time
    » Started 200 of 202 NFL games
    » Holds NFL record of four consecutive playoff games with at least 100 yards receiving.
    » No. 3 on the all-time receptions list with 1,125

  • Dallas Cowboys 1965-1974, San Francisco 49ers 1975<br>
&raquo; One-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times<br>
&raquo; Recorded 7,414 career receiving yards and 71 career receiving touchdowns<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 6

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    6. Bob Hayes

    Dallas Cowboys 1965-1974, San Francisco 49ers 1975
    » One-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times
    » Recorded 7,414 career receiving yards and 71 career receiving touchdowns
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Indianapolis Colts 1996-2008<br>
&raquo; One-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to eight Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times<br>
&raquo; Recorded 14,580 career receiving yards and scored 128 career receiving touchdowns.<br>
&raquo; No. 4 on all-time receptions list with 1,102<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 5

    Greg Trott/Associated Press

    5. Marvin Harrison

    Indianapolis Colts 1996-2008
    » One-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to eight Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times
    » Recorded 14,580 career receiving yards and scored 128 career receiving touchdowns.
    » No. 4 on all-time receptions list with 1,102
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • San Francisco 49ers 1996-2003, Philadelphia Eagles 2004-2005,
 Dallas Cowboys 2006-2008, Buffalo Bills 2009, Cincinnati Bengals 2010 <br>
&raquo; Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro five times<br>
&raquo; Recorded 15,934 career receiving yards, 153 career receiving touchdowns 4

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    4. Terrell Owens

    San Francisco 49ers 1996-2003, Philadelphia Eagles 2004-2005, Dallas Cowboys 2006-2008, Buffalo Bills 2009, Cincinnati Bengals 2010
    » Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro five times
    » Recorded 15,934 career receiving yards, 153 career receiving touchdowns

  • Minnesota Vikings 1998-2004; 2010, Oakland Raiders 2005-2006, New England Patriots 2007-2009; 2010, Tennessee Titans 2010, San Francisco 49ers 2012 <br>
&raquo; Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro four times<br>
&raquo; Recorded 15,292 career receiving yards<br>
&raquo; Scored 156 career receiving touchdowns<br>
&raquo; Holds NFL records for most receiving touchdowns in single season (23) and most in rookie season (17) 3

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    3. Randy Moss

    Minnesota Vikings 1998-2004; 2010, Oakland Raiders 2005-2006, New England Patriots 2007-2009; 2010, Tennessee Titans 2010, San Francisco 49ers 2012
    » Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro four times
    » Recorded 15,292 career receiving yards
    » Scored 156 career receiving touchdowns
    » Holds NFL records for most receiving touchdowns in single season (23) and most in rookie season (17)

  • Green Bay Packers 1935-1945<br>
&raquo; Three-time NFL champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to four Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro eight times<br>
&raquo; Recorded 7,991 receiving yards and 99 career receiving touchdowns<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 2

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    2. Don Hutson

    Green Bay Packers 1935-1945
    » Three-time NFL champion
    » Voted to four Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro eight times
    » Recorded 7,991 receiving yards and 99 career receiving touchdowns
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • San Francisco 49ers 1985-2000, Oakland Raiders 2001-2004, Seattle Seahawks 2004 <br>
&raquo; Three-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Super Bowl XXIII MVP<br>
&raquo; Voted to 13 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro 10 times<br>
&raquo; Had 22,895 receiving yards and scored an NFL-record 197 touchdowns while adding an NFL-best 1,549 career receptions<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 1

    David Durochik/Associated Press

    1. Jerry Rice

    San Francisco 49ers 1985-2000, Oakland Raiders 2001-2004, Seattle Seahawks 2004
    » Three-time Super Bowl champion
    » Super Bowl XXIII MVP
    » Voted to 13 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro 10 times
    » Had 22,895 receiving yards and scored an NFL-record 197 touchdowns while adding an NFL-best 1,549 career receptions
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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