NFL 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.
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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Jerry Rice


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 ...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: 54

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#1 on The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time

#1 on The Best Football Players Ever

#43 on The Best Oakland Raiders of All Time

#4 on The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

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Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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111 people just voted on Randy Moss


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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#26 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

#1 on The Best Minnesota Vikings of All Time

#17 on The Best Football Players Ever

#6 on People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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Terrell Owens


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 ...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: 43

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#25 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

#34 on Athletes Who Should Get a Reality Show

#30 on The Celebrities You Most Want To See Play Survivor

#51 on The Funniest Professional Athletes

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Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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Calvin Johnson


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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#12 on The Athletes That Millennials Love the Most

#26 on The Best Football Players Ever

#82 on People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

#37 on Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

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Marvin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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83 people just voted on Marvin Harrison


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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#3 on The Best Indianapolis Colts of All Time

#92 on The Best Football Players Ever

#24 on People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

#26 on The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

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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 Fitzgerald


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 ...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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#1 on The Best Arizona Cardinals of All Time

#32 on The Best Football Players Ever

#19 on People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

#2 on The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

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Michael Irvin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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Michael Irvin


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 ...more

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Teams: Dallas Cowboys

Position: Wide receiver

Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America

Age: 51

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#5 on The Best Dallas Cowboys of All Time

#41 on The Best Football Players Ever

#7 on The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

#4 on The Best Miami Football Players of All Time

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Cris Carter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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Cris Carter


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 ...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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#2 on The Best Minnesota Vikings of All Time

#67 on The Best Football Players Ever

#9 on The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

#5 on The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time

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