NFL Best of the Decade- Part 3- Wide Receivers

There were some bigtime stars at the wr position this past decade.  Who was the best?

Top 20 Wide Receivers

1. Marvin Harrison- The decade was filled with some ground breaking touchdown celebrations, but that wasn’t Harrison’s style. His superior hands and feet did the talking for him, constantly plucking balls out of the air with his hands and tip-toeing the sideline with his feet to pull in some of the decades most astonishing receptions.  Year after year, he and Manning were consistently rewritting the NFL history book.  He and Manning have set 3 NFL records as a QB to WR tandem; receiving touchdowns, yards and receptions .


2. Randy Moss- Absolutely the best deep threat of the decade.  His athletic prowess at the position made him almost impossible to keep up with on a deep route in single coverage.  In 2007, Moss set the reception touchdown record of 23.  His quarterback, Tom Brady set the single-season passing touchdown mark with 50. 

3. Terrell Owens- By far the most controversial wide-receiver of the decade.  He played for four different franchises; San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Buffalo.  He excelled working underneath and picking up yards after the catch.  For a big man he also had some freakish speed when he went out for deeper routes.  His most courageous effort came as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.  Late in the 2004 season against Dallas, Owens severely sprained his ankle on a horse-collar tackle by Roy Williams.  Many wondered if Owens would play again that season.  In the Super Bowl against New England gave it a go and caught 9 balls for 122 yards.  The Eagles lost the game.

4. Torry Holt- Torry “Big Game” Holt surely played up to his entitled monicker.  He had spectacular hands, and always ran precise, crisp, clean-cut routs. Top 10 all-time in receiving yards and total receptions.  He holds NFL records for most consecutive 1,300 plus receiving yard seasons with 6, and consecutive 90+ receptions seasons with 6.


5. Chad Ocho-Cinco- Another rather flamboyant individual who loved the attention and spotlight, constantly creating innovative touchdown celebration routines for everyone to see.  Of course, you have to be catching touchdowns to celebrate in the endzone; Chad had plenty of those.  He was consistent in his production, averaging approximately 90+ catches, 1,200 yards and 8-10 touchdowns a season.

6. Reggie Wayne- Peyton Manning’s second favorite target of the decade.  He really excelled when Marvin Harrison started to slip out of his prime playing career.  He ran great routes and snagged balls with his vice-grip like hands.  He was another stand-out of “The U” of Miami, as that school produced NFL star after star early on in the decade. 

7. Larry Fitzgerald- The best jump-ball receiver in the decade.  Just go back and look at his outstanding playoff performance in the 2008 season, pulling down jump-ball after jump-ball.  He has already eclipsed the 1,400 receiving mark in a season 3 times, and has also had 4 10+ touchdown seasons. 

LarryFitzgerald.jpg Larry Fitzgerald image by sjs8736

8. Hines Ward- One of the most versatile receivers of the decade.  He had great hands, and was always delivering a blow when he was blocking.  Ward played quarterback in college, and he has been used on that capacity for Pittsburgh throwing the football on trick plays, and running many reverses and end-arounds.  He won the Super Bowl XL MVP award.

9. Steve Smith- He was one of the top deep-threats in the decade.  He had unreal speed to go along with great body-control.  He won the “Triple Crown” of the position in 2005, he led the league in receptions, yards, and touchdowns.  Earlier on in his career, Smith also created havoc in the special teams game as an excellent punt-returner.

10. Derrick Mason- Began the decade as an elite special teams return man, he ended the decade as an elite wide-receiver.  The start of his career began as Tennessee Titan where he was quarterback Steve McNair’s favorite target on the outside.  As he got older, Mason went to the Baltimore Ravens; he continues to be an elite wide-receiver.


11. Andre Johnson

12. Isaac Bruce-

13. Donald Driver-

14. Rod Smith-

RodSmith.jpg Rod Smith image by MrRighTNow954

15. Joe Horn

16.  Jimmy Smith

17. Plaxico Burress

18. Eric Moulds

19. Wes Welker

20. T.J. Houshmenzadeh

Notable Mentions- Muhsin Muhammed, Anquan Boldin, Lavernous Coles, Keenan McCardell, Troy Brown, Santana Moss, Amani Toomer, Joey Galloway, Keyshawn Johnson, Drew Bennett, Lee Evans, Brandon Marshall, Marques Colston, Jerry Rice, Peerless Price

Some Names to Throw Out for Next Decade- Calvin Johnson, DeSean Jackson, Sidney Rice, Michael Crabtree, Steve Smith, Miles Austin, Vincent Jackson, Roddy White, Santonio Holmes, Greg Jennings, Donnie Avery, Mohammed Massaquio, Louis Murphy Percy Harvin, Jeremy Maclin, Kenny Britt, Dez Bryant, Mardy Gillyard, Golden Tate 




  1. I’ll probably get flamed for what I say.I do not dislike the Colts, even though I grew up in the hood. Whats not to like about Peyton Manning? Hes got game gifted by Buddha, not to mention Daddy Arch, and he seems to be a humble guy. Every time somebody mentions his recods Peyton sometime says something to the effect of I just feel humbled to be mentioned in the same breath as those players.The Holy Ones 31 The Baby Horses 28

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    • March 19th, 2012

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