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42 Best Non-Bama/Non-Jet NFL WRs I've ever seen


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  1. Jerry Rice
  2. Marvin Harrison
  3. Larry Fitzgerald
  4. Randy Moss
  5. Calvin Johnson
  6. Terrell Owens
  7. Deandre Hopkins
  8. Tim Brown
  9. Isaac Bruce
  10. Andre Reed
  11. Steve Largent
  12. Chris Carter
  13. Michael Irvin
  14. Chad Johnson
  15. Michael Thomas
  16. Cliff Branch
  17. James Lofton
  18. Lynn Swann
  19. Charley Taylor
  20. John Jefferson
  21. Mel Gray
  22. Tory Holt
  23. Reggie Wayne
  24. Antonio Brown
  25. Desean Jackson
  26. Art Monk
  27. Harold Carmichael
  28. Fred Biltenikoff
  29. Steve Smith
  30. Paul Warfield
  31. Sterling Sharpe
  32. Irving Fryer
  33. Andre Rison
  34. Stanley Morgan
  35. Dez Bryant
  36. Issac Curtis
  37. Mark Clayton
  38. Tyrek Hill
  39. Drew Pearson
  40. Mike Evans
  41. John Stallworth
  42. Hines Ward
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1 hour ago, Sarge4Tide said:

 

  1. Jerry Rice
  2. Marvin Harrison
  3. Larry Fitzgerald
  4. Randy Moss
  5. Calvin Johnson
  6. Terrell Owens
  7. Deandre Hopkins
  8. Tim Brown
  9. Isaac Bruce
  10. Andre Reed
  11. Steve Largent
  12. Chris Carter
  13. Michael Irvin
  14. Chad Johnson
  15. Michael Thomas
  16. Cliff Branch
  17. James Lofton
  18. Lynn Swann
  19. Charley Taylor
  20. John Jefferson
  21. Mel Gray
  22. Tory Holt
  23. Reggie Wayne
  24. Antonio Brown
  25. Desean Jackson
  26. Art Monk
  27. Harold Carmichael
  28. Fred Biltenikoff
  29. Steve Smith
  30. Paul Warfield
  31. Sterling Sharpe
  32. Irving Fryer
  33. Andre Rison
  34. Stanley Morgan
  35. Dez Bryant
  36. Issac Curtis
  37. Mark Clayton
  38. Tyrek Hill
  39. Drew Pearson
  40. Mike Evans
  41. John Stallworth
  42. Hines Ward

Was truly beautiful to watch. Two guys , probably before your time?   Otis Taylor (Chiefs) and Lance Alworth(Chargers). Used to make the 4PM late games in the old AFL days on NBC worth waiting for.

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8 minutes ago, section314 said:

Was truly beautiful to watch. Two guys , probably before your time?   Otis Taylor (Chiefs) and Lance Alworth(Chargers). Used to make the 4PM late games in the old AFL days on NBC worth waiting for.

Yep, before my time, I may have caught their last season or 2 on the random TV game

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2 hours ago, section314 said:

Was truly beautiful to watch. Two guys , probably before your time?   Otis Taylor (Chiefs) and Lance Alworth(Chargers). Used to make the 4PM late games in the old AFL days on NBC worth waiting for.

Otis Taylor was a beast.  When he was lined up outside I always hoped they were handing it off and not going play action. 

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4 hours ago, Sarge4Tide said:

 

  1. Jerry Rice
  2. Marvin Harrison
  3. Larry Fitzgerald
  4. Randy Moss
  5. Calvin Johnson
  6. Terrell Owens
  7. Deandre Hopkins
  8. Tim Brown
  9. Isaac Bruce
  10. Andre Reed
  11. Steve Largent
  12. Chris Carter
  13. Michael Irvin
  14. Chad Johnson
  15. Michael Thomas
  16. Cliff Branch
  17. James Lofton
  18. Lynn Swann
  19. Charley Taylor
  20. John Jefferson
  21. Mel Gray
  22. Tory Holt
  23. Reggie Wayne
  24. Antonio Brown
  25. Desean Jackson
  26. Art Monk
  27. Harold Carmichael
  28. Fred Biltenikoff
  29. Steve Smith
  30. Paul Warfield
  31. Sterling Sharpe
  32. Irving Fryer
  33. Andre Rison
  34. Stanley Morgan
  35. Dez Bryant
  36. Issac Curtis
  37. Mark Clayton
  38. Tyrek Hill
  39. Drew Pearson
  40. Mike Evans
  41. John Stallworth
  42. Hines Ward

really nice list.  i don't think i can add to it much.  maybe howard twilley for an old guy.  but i think you also need to consider welker,  edelman, and troy brown.  sure they played for the cheaters but those guys were/are pretty much money.

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There are some omissions better than a number of these guys. 

I can’t name 42 receivers better than AJ Green, even on a highly subjective list.

90s-00s guys like Rod Smith, Roddy White, Joe Horn, and more were better than a number of them. Jimmy Smith gets remembered almost like a compiler, but nobody compiles a 291 yd, 3 TD game against the 2000 Ravens.  

There are others whose careers were mostly wasted on bleh offenses/QBs. Derrick Alexander’s 20s were hardly maxed out by Testaverde and Martyball. Never mind freaking Walker for us, even with one eye, and I still can’t get how he did it. 

I started watching football in the late 70s myself, so not as early as some, but do think plenty 60s-80s guys actually get overrated. Not just by NFL Films nostalgia-highlights, but also just not seeing them as regularly before so many more nationally televised games and just 24/7 NFL coverage in general. Getting to see just one Jets + Giants game + MNF, for most of these guys we saw a highlight play every few weeks or so, and it seemed like it was every week years later in hindsight; not to mention big play highlights that often show the one wow play where a speedster dusted the coverage, but ignore that he was hardly a go-to target to keep from punting nor was he a far more regular dagger stabbing a defense with a reception on most drives.

Like Mel Gray may have been a deadly burner in his prime but c’mon, for as much as the game’s changed since then, the guy caught 3 passes a game and had all of 1 season with >7 TDs (a league leading 11). He had a few excellent division games against Dallas over his career, but overwhelmingly most of his great games came against terrible, losing teams (the 70s Giants in particular, against whom he did most of his big damage, for all NYers to see). This is what I mean about older nostalgia; one could see him burning the Giants and Jets on TV every year, or a long TD catch against a random team now and then, while missing all of his many 1-2 catch games. I’m not arguing he wasn’t a star receiver for a bit, but 21st best anyone’s ever seen play the game? No, you’ve seen more than 20 better WRs. Top 21 Giants-killers? Sure. 

Any such subjective list is bound to get some equally subjective criticism, though. Especially from a hypercritical douche like yours truly. ;) 

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Nice list.  However...[you knew there were going to be 'howevers', right? :)]

I'm not sure how you ranked them, but by almost any metric, Randy Moss should be #2 on that list.  I could go on about why, but I'm curious to see how others react to that first.   

Also, you can find a home for Drew Pearson but not Don Maynard?  No way I should be the first person to raise that.

 

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23 hours ago, Sarge4Tide said:

 

  1. Jerry Rice
  2. Marvin Harrison
  3. Larry Fitzgerald
  4. Randy Moss
  5. Calvin Johnson
  6. Terrell Owens
  7. Deandre Hopkins
  8. Tim Brown
  9. Isaac Bruce
  10. Andre Reed
  11. Steve Largent
  12. Chris Carter
  13. Michael Irvin
  14. Chad Johnson
  15. Michael Thomas
  16. Cliff Branch
  17. James Lofton
  18. Lynn Swann
  19. Charley Taylor
  20. John Jefferson
  21. Mel Gray
  22. Tory Holt
  23. Reggie Wayne
  24. Antonio Brown
  25. Desean Jackson
  26. Art Monk
  27. Harold Carmichael
  28. Fred Biltenikoff
  29. Steve Smith
  30. Paul Warfield
  31. Sterling Sharpe
  32. Irving Fryer
  33. Andre Rison
  34. Stanley Morgan
  35. Dez Bryant
  36. Issac Curtis
  37. Mark Clayton
  38. Tyrek Hill
  39. Drew Pearson
  40. Mike Evans
  41. John Stallworth
  42. Hines Ward

Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison were a blast to watch during those Colts years. 

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On 1/23/2020 at 3:00 PM, Sarge4Tide said:

 

  1. Jerry Rice
  2. Marvin Harrison
  3. Larry Fitzgerald
  4. Randy Moss
  5. Calvin Johnson
  6. Terrell Owens
  7. Deandre Hopkins
  8. Tim Brown
  9. Isaac Bruce
  10. Andre Reed
  11. Steve Largent
  12. Chris Carter
  13. Michael Irvin
  14. Chad Johnson
  15. Michael Thomas
  16. Cliff Branch
  17. James Lofton
  18. Lynn Swann
  19. Charley Taylor
  20. John Jefferson
  21. Mel Gray
  22. Tory Holt
  23. Reggie Wayne
  24. Antonio Brown
  25. Desean Jackson
  26. Art Monk
  27. Harold Carmichael
  28. Fred Biltenikoff
  29. Steve Smith
  30. Paul Warfield
  31. Sterling Sharpe
  32. Irving Fryer
  33. Andre Rison
  34. Stanley Morgan
  35. Dez Bryant
  36. Issac Curtis
  37. Mark Clayton
  38. Tyrek Hill
  39. Drew Pearson
  40. Mike Evans
  41. John Stallworth
  42. Hines Ward

Carl Pickens, Alvin Harper, A.J. Green 

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