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The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s

Updated January 16, 2020 7.7k votes 605 voters 7.2k views38 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.

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  • John Gilliam1
    155
    22

    John Gilliam

    St. Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceGreenwood, South Carolina

    Age75

  • Ahmad Rashād2
    180
    37

    Ahmad Rashād

    Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills

    PositionRunning back, Wide receiver

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon, United States of America

    Age70

  • Sammy White3
    147
    22

    Sammy White

    Minnesota Vikings

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceWinnsboro, Louisiana

    Age66

  • Charlie Joiner4
    152
    73

    Charlie Joiner

    Houston Oilers, Cincinnati Bengals

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceMany, Louisiana

    Age72

  • John Jefferson5
    140
    67

    John Jefferson

    San Diego Chargers

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Age64

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  • Wes Chandler6
    106
    59

    Wes Chandler

    New Orleans Saints

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceNew Smyrna Beach, Florida

    Age64

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  • Lance Alworth7
    141
    105

    Lance Alworth

    San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    Age80

  • Cliff Branch8
    171
    137

    Cliff Branch

    Oakland Raiders

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

    Age72

  • Paul Warfield9
    145
    143

    Paul Warfield

    Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceWarren, Ohio

    Age77

  • Harold Carmichael10
    81
    82

    Harold Carmichael

    Philadelphia Eagles

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceJacksonville, Florida

    Age71

  • Bob Hayes11
    110
    125

    Bob Hayes

    Dallas Cowboys

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceJacksonville, Florida

    AgeDec. at 60 (1942-2002)

  • Steve Largent12
    156
    185

    Steve Largent

    Seattle Seahawks

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Age66

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  • Fred Biletnikoff13
    150
    181

    Fred Biletnikoff

    Oakland Raiders

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceErie, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age77

  • Drew Pearson14
    157
    191

    Drew Pearson

    Tulsa Golden Hurricane football, Dallas Cowboys

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceSouth River, New Jersey

    Age69

  • John Stallworth15
    156
    194

    John Stallworth

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceTuscaloosa, Alabama

    Age68

  • Lynn Swann16
    176
    220

    Lynn Swann

    Pittsburgh Steelers, USC Trojans football

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceAlcoa, Tennessee, USA

    Age68

  • Isaac Curtis17
    70
    98

    Isaac Curtis

    Cincinnati Bengals

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceSanta Ana, California

    Age69

  • Charley Taylor18
    96
    142

    Charley Taylor

    Washington Redskins

    PositionRunning back, Wide receiver

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Age79

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  • James Lofton19
    94
    141

    James Lofton

    Green Bay Packers

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceFort Ord, California

    Age64

  • Ken Burrough20
    64
    97

    Ken Burrough

    Houston Oilers

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceJacksonville, Florida

    Age72

  • Wesley Walker21
    67
    102

    Wesley Walker

    New York Jets

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceSan Bernardino, California

    Age65

  • Otis Taylor22
    74
    131

    Otis Taylor

    Kansas City Chiefs

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    Age78

  • Billy Johnson23
    60
    113

    Billy Johnson

    Houston Oilers, Washington Redskins

    PositionReturn specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner, Wide receiver

    BirthplaceBoothwyn, Pennsylvania

    Age68

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  • Mel Gray24
    51
    115

    Mel Gray

    St. Louis Cardinals

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceFresno, California

    Age72

  • Dwight Clark25
    56
    131

    Dwight Clark

    San Francisco 49ers, Clemson Tigers football

    PositionTight end, Wide receiver

    BirthplaceKinston, North Carolina, United States of America

    Age63