The 10 Best Wide Receivers of All-Time Not Named Jerry Rice

9. Paul Warfield

Warfield was one of the best that ever played. He averaged 20.1 yards per catch during his career, and when he played for the Dolphins he was a monster to cover. Whether it was Bob Griese throwing him the ball or a runner like Mercury Morris, Warfield was always doing his thing when he was on the scene. He finished his career with 8,565 yards and participated in eight Pro Bowls.

34 Replies to “The 10 Best Wide Receivers of All-Time Not Named Jerry Rice”

  1. Good list. I may rearranged the order a little bit, but hard to argue with any of these guys.

    It'll be interesting to see how our perceptions change in the future with the game turning into more of a passing game. The stats are going to get skewed bigger and bigger. Will we be viewing guys like Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson and Andre Johnson as the best all time 20 years from now? It'll be fun to see how it plays out.

    1. I got 4-5 names that COULD make this list too.

      1. Andre Reed
      2. Henry Ellard
      3. Don Maynard
      4. Lance Alworth
      5. Calvin Johnson (he's ready to go on this list now, I'm sorry.)

      However, the one person that SHOULD be on this list, but isn't is James Lofton. 7th all-time in yards, 8-time Pro Bowler and forever held it down with one of the greatest beards of all-time.

      -Ed.

    2. I debate this conversation a lot with people and,if you just hear me out on facts and mix in some common sense then you would see the problem with jerry rice at number #1 I hate when everybody says ohh hes the greatest hands dowm....first off you have to factor in who is the qb and there o line how much time do they have...jerry rice was a great route runner but what people dont relize is he played for bill walsh who brought the west coast offence to the league today,,people couldnt stop the 49ers in there prime...jerry rice jusy happend to be on that team was the best wideout for that team and not to memtion the 2 qbs he played for most of his carrer was 2of the best that ever played the game...joe montana,,and steve young,,,,do you,find it strange joe montana leaves and this guy out of nowhere fills,his,shoes and dominates????thats bc of the system they had...not taking anything away from rice great route runner some of the best hands but as far as flat out best has to be double coverd at all times one of the fastest wideouts ever maybe the best hands ever for sure the best deep threat ever,,6foot4 200 pounds,,42 inch vertical RANDY MOSS he had one hall of fame Qb his whole career ,,,and in his first season with him he broke the all time record of tds in a season that jerry held,,and yes I know it was in a shorter season but they also went umdeafeated in regular season and, they hold the,record for most points in a season,,,a lot of that was bc of randy,,,and guess what the second highest team was the 98 vikimgs randys brake out rookie season with 17 tds so that is, some hard facts he was on the to top scoring teams of,all time,nc of him they where able to,do that....if moss played with brady or peyton for a good 8years or more like rice had with the all time greats...im sorry but you would have to open a new book for all the, records moss would be holding

      1. Holy butchering the english language batman !

        Although that might have something to do with you being INSANE.

        Jerry Rice was UNSTOPPABLE for nearly 20 years.

      2. moss didnt break rice's td record in his rookie year...start studying school boy. your use of our language is embarrassing!

        1. You may want to re-read his statement, Mr. Internet Grammer Po-Po. He said, "RANDY MOSS he had one hall of fame Qb his whole career ,,,and in his first season with him he broke the all time record of tds in a season that jerry held"

          Read it slowly if you need more time.

  2. I like the list and agree with Moss at #1, but how is he "just reaching his full potential"? His best years are behind him. Also, he's played more than 10 seasons and I seriously doubt he's a threat to pass Rice, especially considering he didn't even play last year.

  3. #4 Michael Irvin
    #3 Terrel Owens(Pwns)
    #2 Randy Moss ( Cant get better then that)
    #1 Jerry Rice ( just got better with the top wide reciever of all time)

    Get ur facts right those guys are in order from least best to the greatest whenever u like it or not i personally only like Terrel and Jerry but Randy and Michael have boss hands no lie.

  4. 5.irvin
    4.moss
    3.swan
    2.harrison
    1.rice.

    Maybe its shouldnt be in that order. But there none better plus theres about ten superbowls and about

  5. To not see marvin on your guys list is a joke. And to put andre reed. Over reggie wayne. Hes a beast and i would take him over reed and johnson

  6. my rankings would be

    1.T.O
    2.Moss
    3.Isaac Bruce
    4.Marvin Harrison
    5.Andre Johnson
    6.Chris carter
    7.michael irvin
    8.Tim Brown
    9.Steve Smith
    10.Chad Johnson

  7. I appreciate the "I was born in the 1970's" disclaimer, because the second greatest wide receiver of all time (and there are stats that make him arguable for actually being better, certainly more dominant, than Jerry Rice) played long before you were born.

    That man is Don Hutson, and he set the benchmark what a receiver could do. He lead the league in receiving yards 7 times, and receptions 8 times. FInally, his 1942 (yes, '42!) season may be the best ever by any receiver, clocking in at 74 catches, 1211 yards, and 17 touchdowns in 12 games. The second, third, and fourth best receivers that year combined for 74 catches, 1336 yards, and 17 touchdowns. That is dominance. (DISCLAIMER: That statistical info was cribbed from a Bleacher Report article by Bryn Swartz).

    Now, I know that 1942 was the first year of World War II, and therefore competition was down, but the man wrote the book on route running and touchdown catching belongs in your Top 10

  8. This last list is a joke. LMFAO! Sidney Rice and Torrey Smith? Where's Chris Carter, Marvis Harrison, and Andre Johnson? Also, I've never heard of Michael Erving...

  9. 1. Randy moss 2.jerry rice 3.marvin harrison 4.T.O. 5.cris carter 6. Micheal irvin 7.chad johnson 8.calvin johnson 9. Tim brown 10. Larry fitzgerald

    1. Simply "No Respect" for any player before 1990.......Ever hear of Hutson, Berry, Monk, Stallworth, Swann, Largent, I thin I made my point........You must have been born in the "Nothing but pass era".

  10. I understand what Shane is saying. He didnt say Moss broke the td record in a season on his rokie season. He broke it the first year he was with Tom Brady, which was not his rookie year. He should've reworded it better.

  11. Although it is difficult to compare eras to eras and with the playing field increasingly favoring pass happy offenses that benefit today's generations of wide receivers. With this in miind.
    17. Calvin Johnson
    16. Larry Fitzgerald
    15. Don Hutson
    14. Don Maynard
    13. Lynn Swann
    12. James Lofton
    11. Art Monk
    10. Chris Carter
    9. Michael Irvin
    8. Tim Brown
    7. Paul Warfield
    6. Steve Largent
    5. Terryl Owens
    4. Randy Moss
    3. Marvin Harrison
    2. Issac Bruce
    1. Jerry Rice

    1. Top 10 maybe?........#2 0r #3 NO WAY!........I would put John Stallworth or Lynn Swann ahead of him, atleast they won 4 instead of losing 4 (straight).

  12. Because in the era he played, Hutson isn't listed. He is definitely top 5 IMO. He revolutionized the position and his records stood for half a century until Rice broke them...

  13. Here is my "Top 10" :

    1. Jerry Rice
    2. Don Hutson
    3. Steve Largent
    4. Randy Moss
    5. Cris Carter
    6. Tim Brown
    7. Marvin Harrison
    8. Art Monk
    9. Terrell Owens
    10. Michael Irvin

  14. Top 25 Wide Receivers of All Time

    1. Jerry Rice
    2. Don Hutson
    3. Steve Largent
    4. Randy Moss
    5. Lance Alworth
    6. Marvin Harrison
    7. Terrell Owens
    8. Raymond Berry
    9. Paul Warfield
    10. Cris Carter
    11. James Lofton
    12. Andre Reed
    13. Isaac Bruce
    14. Tim Brown
    15. Michael Irvin
    16. Art Monk
    17. Fred Biletnikoff
    18. Torry Holt
    19. Don Maynard
    20. Donald Driver
    21. Henry Ellard
    22. Sterling Sharpe
    23. Hines Ward
    24. Charlie Joiner
    25. Charley Taylor

  15. U guys can't write off Moss's "couple years of obscurity in Oakland" like that...lol he had a strong armed good Dante culpepper who mistakingly didn't turn into "nothing" when moss and Carter left, it was a career threatening knee injury that ruined him. Those years of obscurity count lol, like browns when he had marinovich, Megatron with the lions qb carousel pre Stafford, and Isaac Bruce with Tony banks, lol that all counts. While I will say moss is probably the most athletically gifted, just as Calvin Johnson is probably the most physically gifted with his measurements, that doesnt make either of them the best. Moss was not a leader, not a role model, and is one of the few former raiders where fans don't even bring him up at all. He rejuvenated his career with Tom Brady as Oakland was sick of him like Minnesota got, and had the best seasons since he was Carter's wingman.....then after a few more years, obscurity...the niners, whoever else there was and that's moss's legacy...was he great? sure.....was he a player that for some reason couldn't find a home for whatever reason I'm not gonna speculate on? Yes. Aside from T.o., who's very similar in many ways to moss, the rest of these receivers found homes within a place or two, a rare three....

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