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.
- 1Jerry Lee Rice Sr. (born October 13, 1962) is a former American football wide receiver who... more
- 2Randy Gene Moss (born February 13, 1977) is a television sports analyst and former American... more
- 3Larry Darnell Fitzgerald Jr. (born August 31, 1983) is an American football wide receiver for... more
- 4Quintorris Lopez "Julio" Jones (; born February 8, 1989) is an American football wide receiver... more
- 5Calvin Johnson Jr. (born September 29, 1985) is a former American football wide receiver. A... more
- 6Sterling Sharpe (born April 6, 1965) is an American former American Football wide receiver and... more
- 7Graduel Christopher Darin Carter (born November 25, 1965) is a former American football player... more
- 8Frederick S. Biletnikoff (born February 23, 1943) is a former gridiron football player and... more
- 9Stevonne Latrall Smith Sr. (born May 12, 1979) is a former American football wide receiver who... more
- 10Antonio Tavaris Brown Sr. (born July 10, 1988) is an American football wide receiver who is... more
- 11Stephen Michael Largent (born September 28, 1954) is an American former football player,... more
- 12Hines Edward Ward Jr. (born March 8, 1976) is a former American football wide receiver who... more
- 13Marvin Darnell Harrison (born August 25, 1972) is a former American football wide receiver in... more
- 14Reginald Wayne (born November 17, 1978) is a former American football wide receiver who spent... more
- 15Michael Jerome Irvin (born March 5, 1966) is a retired American football player, actor, and... more
- 16DeAndre Rashaun Hopkins (born June 6, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the... more
- 17Adriel Jeremiah "A.J." Green (born July 31, 1988) is an American football wide receiver for... more
- 18Lynn Curtis Swann (born March 7, 1952) is an American football player, broadcaster,... more
- 19Johnny Lee Stallworth (born July 15, 1952) is a former American football wide receiver who... more
- 20Andre Lamont Johnson (born July 11, 1981) is a former American football wide receiver who... more
- 21Andre Darnell Reed (born January 29, 1964) is a former professional American football player.... more
- 22James Arthur Monk (born December 5, 1957) is an American former football wide receiver in the... more
- 23Donald Montgomery Hutson (January 31, 1913 – June 26, 1997) was a professional American... more
- 24Timothy Donell Brown (born July 22, 1966) is a former American football wide receiver who... more
- 25Dwight Edward Clark (January 8, 1957 – June 4, 2018) was an American football wide receiver ... more