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The Best Wide Receivers of All Time

Updated February 7, 2020 237.9k votes 23.7k voters 399.7k 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 Rice1
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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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  • Larry Fitzgerald3
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  • Calvin Johnson4
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    Calvin Johnson Jr. (born September 29, 1985) is a former American football wide receiver. A... more on Wikipedia
  • Julio Jones5
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  • Steve Largent6
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  • Cris Carter7
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  • Sterling Sharpe8
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    Sterling Sharpe (born April 6, 1965) is an American former American Football wide receiver and... more on Wikipedia
  • Marvin Harrison9
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    Marvin Darnell Harrison (born August 25, 1972) is a former American football wide receiver in... more on Wikipedia
  • Steve Smith10
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    Stevonne Latrall Smith Sr. (born May 12, 1979) is a former American football wide receiver who... more on Wikipedia
  • Fred Biletnikoff11
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  • Reggie Wayne12
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    Reginald Wayne (born November 17, 1978) is a former American football wide receiver who spent... more on Wikipedia
  • Antonio Brown13
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    Antonio Tavaris Brown Sr. (born July 10, 1988) is an American football wide receiver who is... more on Wikipedia
  • Hines Ward14
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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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  • DeAndre Hopkins16
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  • Andre Johnson17
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    Andre Lamont Johnson (born July 11, 1981) is a former American football wide receiver who... more on Wikipedia
  • Lynn Swann18
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  • A. J. Green19
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    Adriel Jeremiah "A.J." Green (born July 31, 1988) is an American football wide receiver for... more on Wikipedia
  • Don Hutson20
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  • John Stallworth21
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    John Stallworth

    Johnny Lee Stallworth (born July 15, 1952) is a former American football wide receiver who... more on Wikipedia
  • Andre Reed22
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  • Tim Brown23
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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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  • Art Monk25
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