The Best Wide Receivers of All Time

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The best wide receivers of all time are a group of elite athletes inclusive of some of the best athletes of all time. The greatest wide receivers are the ones that make amazing plays every game while simultaneously making the little plays that move the ball down the field. These are the top wide receivers ever to play the game of football.

These elite football players are members of pro-bowl squads, Super Bowl winners, and all-around all-star football players. Some, like Jerry Rice, became the stuff of football legend while they were still playing, while others like Wes Welker are just making their marks as the go-to wide receivers on franchise teams. Most of the top wide receivers in the NFL are on this list, and whether they are the best wide receivers currently in the NFL or the best wide receivers in the history of the NFL, they all have a fighting chance to land at #1 on the list of the best wide receivers ever.

Who are the best wide receivers of all time? What are the qualities of the top wide receivers? Who is the greatest wide receiver ever? These are some of the questions this list looks to tackle with its compilation of the best wide receivers of all time. There are scores of famous wide receivers in the history of the NFL, so if you don't see your favorite wide receiver on the list, make sure to add him so other users can vote for him to move up this list of the greatest wide receivers of all time.

If you want a little more football after checking out this list of the best wide receivers in the NFL, check out the best touchdown celebrations of all time to see some of these guys in endzone action.
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    Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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    Jerry Lee Rice is a former American football wide receiver who played 20 seasons in the National Football League. He is widely considered to be the greatest wide receiver in NFL history and among the greatest NFL players overall. On November 4, 2010, Rice was chosen by NFL Network's NFL Films production ...more

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    • Teams: Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils football, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers
    • Position: Wide receiver
    • Birthplace: Crawford, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Age: 53
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    Randy Gene Moss is a retired American football wide receiver who played 14 seasons in the National Football League. He holds the NFL single-season touchdown reception record, the NFL single-season touchdown reception record for a rookie, and is second on the NFL all-time regular season touchdown ...more

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    • Teams: Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings
    • Position: Wide receiver
    • Birthplace: Rand, West Virginia, United States of America
    • Age: 38
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    Calvin Johnson, Jr., nicknamed Megatron, is an American football wide receiver for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He played college football for Georgia Tech, and was recognized as an All-American twice. He was selected by the Lions with the second overall pick in the 2007 NFL ...more

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    • Teams: Detroit Lions
    • Position: Wide receiver
    • Birthplace: Newnan, Georgia, United States of America
    • Age: 30
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    Michael Irvin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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    Michael Jerome Irvin is a former American football player for the Dallas Cowboys, and an actor. He is also a former broadcaster for ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown and currently an analyst for NFL Network. Irvin was self-nicknamed "The Playmaker" due to his penchant for making big plays in big games during ...more

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    • Teams: Dallas Cowboys
    • Position: Wide receiver
    • Birthplace: USA, Florida, Fort Lauderdale
    • Age: 49
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    Cris Carter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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    Graduel Christopher Darin "Cris" Carter is a former American football and Hall of Fame player in the National Football League. He was a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles, the Minnesota Vikings and the Miami Dolphins. After starting for the Ohio State University Buckeyes, Carter was drafted by ...more

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    • Teams: Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Ohio State Buckeyes football
    • Position: Wide receiver
    • Birthplace: Troy, Ohio, USA
    • Age: 50
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    Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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    Larry Darnell Fitzgerald, Jr. is an American football wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Pittsburgh, and earned unanimous All-American honors. The Arizona Cardinals chose Fitzgerald with the third overall pick in the ...more

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    • Teams: Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Panthers football
    • Position: Wide receiver
    • Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Age: 32
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    Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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    Terrell Eldorado Owens is an American football wide receiver who played 15 seasons in the National Football League. A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Owens holds or shares several National Football League records. His 15,934 career receiving yards rank 2nd in NFL history, and his 153 receiving touchdowns ...more

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    • Teams: Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Texas Revolution, + more
    • Position: Wide receiver
    • Birthplace: Alexander City, Alabama, United States of America
    • Age: 42
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    Marvin Daniel Harrison is a former American football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League for 13 seasons. He played college football for Syracuse University, and was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft. He spent all thirteen of his NFL ...more

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    • Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Syracuse Orange football
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Age: 43
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