25 Greatest Wide Receivers in NFL History

5 February 2018

25 Greatest Wide Receivers in NFL History

Lynn Swann

A great wide receiver can truly extend an offense’s range and open up the other weapons in a team’s attack.

If you looked at stats alone, every one of the greatest receivers would have arrived in the NFL after 1985. However, pro football has seen its fair share of exceptional receivers since the 1930s. It just took the league and offenses decades to take full advantage of them. Here is a ranking of the 25 best factoring in the era in which the played.

Of course you know who the G.O.A.T. is.

— Rankings by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports’ Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.

Lynn Swann

Pittsburgh 1974-82
(116 games – 336 rec., 5,462 yards, 51 TDs)

His performances in big games have reached an almost legendary aura. 

Sterling Sharpe

Green Bay 1988-94
(112 games – 595 rec., 8,134 yards, 65 TDs)

A neck injury cut his brilliant career short. Imagine if Brett Favre had been able to throw to him for most of his career.

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