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The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s 

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Updated January 16, 2020 3k votes 486 voters 6.3k views 38 items

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Wide receivers have hisorically been some of the most dazzling players in all of the NFL. They can very quickly turn the tide of a game with one great catch. When talking about 70s wide receivers, there are plenty of great players that one can easily remember and love! So, here is a list of the best wide receivers of the 70s! Take a look and be sure to vote up your favorite 70s WRs!

When looking at 1970s wide receivers, is Ahmad Rashad your favorite? Or is it Steve Largent? Or is it somebody else? There are tons of great players on this list. Take a look at the top wide receivers of the 1970s and vote up the players you believe are some of the best wide receivers to ever play the game.

Who are the greatest WRs of the 70s? The best wide receivers of the 1970s? 
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Lynn Swann is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s
Wide receiver from Alcoa, Tennessee, United States of America

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, USC Trojans football

Age: 63

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Steve Largent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s
Wide receiver from Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

Teams: Seattle Seahawks

Age: 61

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Fred Biletnikoff is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s
Wide receiver from Erie, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Teams: Oakland Raiders

Age: 76

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John Stallworth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s
John Stallworth Wide receiver from Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers

Age: 66

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Cliff Branch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s
Cliff Branch Wide receiver from Texas, USA, Houston

Teams: Oakland Raiders

Age: 67

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#300 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #13 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #43 of 248 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time

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Drew Pearson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s
Drew Pearson Wide receiver from South River, New Jersey

Teams: Tulsa Golden Hurricane football, Dallas Cowboys

Age: 68

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Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s
Wide receiver from Warren, Ohio

Teams: Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns

Age: 73

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Lance Alworth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s
Wide receiver from Houston, Texas

Teams: San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys

Age: 78

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Charlie Joiner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s
Wide receiver from Many, Louisiana

Teams: Houston Oilers, Cincinnati Bengals, San Diego Chargers

Age: 68

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James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s
Wide receiver from Fort Ord, California

Teams: Green Bay Packers

Age: 59

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Charley Taylor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s
Running back and Wide receiver from Dallas, Texas

Teams: Washington Redskins

Age: 74

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John Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s
John Jefferson Wide receiver from Dallas, Texas

Teams: San Diego Chargers

Age: 59

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Otis Taylor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s
Otis Taylor Wide receiver from Houston, Texas

Teams: Kansas City Chiefs

Age: 76

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Bob Hayes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s
Wide receiver from Jacksonville, Florida

Teams: Dallas Cowboys

Age: Dec. at 60 (1942-2002)

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Ahmad Rashād is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s
Running back and Wide receiver from Portland, Oregon, United States of America

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills, Oregon Ducks football, St. Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings

Age: 69

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Harold Carmichael is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s
jim.vivian added Harold Carmichael Wide receiver from Jacksonville, Florida

Teams: Philadelphia Eagles

Age: 69

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Wes Chandler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s
Wes Chandler Wide receiver from New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Teams: New Orleans Saints

Age: 59

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Don Maynard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s
Wide receiver from Crosbyton, Texas, United States of America

Teams: New York Jets, St. Louis Cardinals

Age: 84

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Dwight Clark is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s
Dwight Clark Tight end and Wide receiver from Kinston, North Carolina, United States of America

Teams: San Francisco 49ers, Clemson Tigers football

Age: 62

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#254 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #35 of 248 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time #10 of 36 The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '80s

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Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s
joestout76 added Gene Washington Wide receiver from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States of America

Teams: San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions

Age: 68

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Mel Gray is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s
JoeStout added Wide receiver from Fresno, California

Teams: St. Louis Cardinals

Age: 70

22
Isaac Curtis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s
Wide receiver from Santa Ana, California

Teams: Cincinnati Bengals

Age: Died at 61 (1950-2011)

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Harold Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s
Harold Jackson Wide receiver from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States of America

Teams: Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots

Age: 69

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#450 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #86 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #203 of 248 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time

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Ken Burrough is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s
Jeff List added Wide receiver from Jacksonville, Florida

Teams: Houston Oilers

Age: 70

25
Stanley Morgan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s
Stanley Morgan Wide receiver from Easley, South Carolina

Teams: New England Patriots

Age: 60

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