Top 20 Wide Receivers of the 2000s: 10 - 1
10. Issac Bruce
We have our 2nd member of the “Greatest Show on Turf” here in the form of Issac Bruce. Bruce lead the NFL in receiving yards in 1996 and put u over 1,700 yards the season before. He finished his career with 15,208 yards and 91 touchdowns.
9. Marvin Harrison
When Peyton Manning started hitting his stride, Marvin Harrison was hitting his as well. He had some incredible seasons, but probably none better than 2002 where he had 143 receptions for 1,722 yards and 11 touchdowns. He finished his Hall of Fame career with 1,102 catches, 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns.
8. Julio Jones
Although the touchdown numbers are not as gaudy as some of the other players on this list, Julio Jones was without a doubt the most feared receiver in the league during his prime. In 2015 he lead the league in receiving yards with 1,871 yards which was in the middle of a 6 year stretch where he had 1,350 yards or better every single year. He is also one of only 5 players that have 3 or more seasons of 1,500 yards through the air.
7. Antonio Brown
Busines was boomin’ for Antonio Brown during his first 8 seasons as a full-time receiver. During that time he put up 11,000 yards and 73 touchdowns… over just an 8 year span. Sadly, the end of his career has been a bit disappointing because of off-the-field issues and on-the-field antics. Still, Brown’s peak can go toe-to-toe with any WR that has ever played.
6. Chris Carter
Chris Carter’s Hall of Fame career started a bit slower than most of the guys on this list. He didn’t record his first 1,000 yard season until age 28. However, from 1993 on he lead the league in catches once and in touchdowns on 3 separate occasions.
5. Larry Fitzgerald
It’s not often that one says “what if” about a player that hauled in 17,492 career yards, but thats where we are at with Larry Fitzgerald. He played for 17 years and put up some unreal numbers despite never having upper level quarterbacks throwing him the football. He had a few years of Kurt Warner when he was past his prime, but one can only imagine what he would have done with guys like Brees, Brady, Rodgers etc.
4. Terrell Owens
“T.O.” spent time on several different teams, but no matter where he played, he always produced. He finished his career with an eye popping 153 touchdowns and nearly 16,000 yards.
3. Calvin Johnson
The massive receiver affectionately known as “Megatron” only played 9 seasons. However, in those 9 years with the consistently underperforming Detroit Lions, Johnson accumulated 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns. Most believe that he easily has 5 more seasons in him, but after being disgruntled with the organization for years, he quietly exited and rode into the sunset.
2. Randy Moss
Between his last name being turned into a verb, him posting a 23 touchdown season and him fake mooning fans, his career was nothing short of incredible. He burst on the scene in 1998 and did things as a rookie that made people go WOW! He finished his career with 156 touchdowns and 15,292 yards… and of course a gold jacket.
1. Jerry Rice
Although most of his career was spent in the late 80s and throughout the 90s, he did sneak a few seasons in at the beginning of the 2000’s and that qualifies him for this list. His numbers will likely never be matched and his 21-year career is something we will likely never see from the position again. Nearly 23,000 receiving yards and 197 touchdowns… Legend.