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The Best Wide Receivers of All Time

Updated February 7, 2020 232.4k votes 23.4k voters 397.5k views214 items

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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 WR 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 NFL history, 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 Sr. (born October 13, 1962) is a former American football wide receiver who... more on Wikipedia

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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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    Randy Gene Moss (born February 13, 1977) is a television sports analyst and former American... more on Wikipedia
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    Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
    Larry Darnell Fitzgerald Jr. (born August 31, 1983) is an American football wide receiver for... more on Wikipedia
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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 Jr. (born September 29, 1985) is a former American football wide receiver. A... more on Wikipedia
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    Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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    Quintorris Lopez "Julio" Jones (; born February 8, 1989) is an American football wide receiver... more on Wikipedia
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    Sterling Sharpe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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    Sterling Sharpe (born April 6, 1965) is an American former American Football wide receiver and... more on Wikipedia
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    Cris Carter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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    Graduel Christopher Darin Carter (born November 25, 1965) is a former American football player... more on Wikipedia
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    Fred Biletnikoff is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
    Frederick S. Biletnikoff (born February 23, 1943) is a former gridiron football player and... more on Wikipedia
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    Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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    Stevonne Latrall Smith Sr. (born May 12, 1979) is a former American football wide receiver who... more on Wikipedia
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    Antonio Brown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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    Antonio Tavaris Brown Sr. (born July 10, 1988) is an American football wide receiver who is... more on Wikipedia

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    Steve Largent is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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    Stephen Michael Largent (born September 28, 1954) is an American former football player,... more on Wikipedia
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    Marvin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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    Marvin Darnell Harrison (born August 25, 1972) is a former American football wide receiver in... more on Wikipedia
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    Hines Ward is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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    Hines Edward Ward Jr. (born March 8, 1976) is a former American football wide receiver who... more on Wikipedia
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    Reggie Wayne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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    Reginald Wayne (born November 17, 1978) is a former American football wide receiver who spent... more on Wikipedia

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    Michael Irvin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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    Michael Jerome Irvin (born March 5, 1966) is a retired American football player, actor, and... more on Wikipedia
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    DeAndre Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
    DeAndre Rashaun Hopkins (born June 6, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the... more on Wikipedia

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    A. J. Green is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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    Adriel Jeremiah "A.J." Green (born July 31, 1988) is an American football wide receiver for... more on Wikipedia
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    Andre Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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    Andre Lamont Johnson (born July 11, 1981) is a former American football wide receiver who... more on Wikipedia
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    Lynn Swann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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    Lynn Curtis Swann (born March 7, 1952) is an American football player, broadcaster,... more on Wikipedia

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    John Stallworth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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    Johnny Lee Stallworth (born July 15, 1952) is a former American football wide receiver who... more on Wikipedia
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    Andre Reed is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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    Andre Darnell Reed (born January 29, 1964) is a former professional American football player.... more on Wikipedia

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    Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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    Timothy Donell Brown (born July 22, 1966) is a former American football wide receiver who... more on Wikipedia

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    Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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    Donald Montgomery Hutson (January 31, 1913 – June 26, 1997) was a professional American... more on Wikipedia

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    Art Monk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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    James Arthur Monk (born December 5, 1957) is an American former football wide receiver in the... more on Wikipedia
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    Lance Alworth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Wide Receivers of All Time
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    Lance Dwight Alworth (born August 3, 1940) is a former American football player who was a wide... more on Wikipedia
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