NFL wide receivers who fly through the air with the greatest of ease are many things. They’re speedy, crafty and have the best hands on a team. Though the position may not be as glamorous as quarterback or running back, wide receivers have made a tremendous impact on football.
From Don Hutson in the 1930s to Larry Fitzgerald of today, these talented athletes can break open games with a spectacular catch or by dodging defenders for a game-winning touchdown. On the football field, few things are more exciting than watching a wide receiver haul in a 50-yard pass over his shoulder and then tip-toe down the line for a highlight-reel score.
Though enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame isn’t mandatory for inclusion on this list, the only reason all 16 aren’t yet in Canton, Ohio, is because they’re still active or have retired in the past few years.
16. Andre Johnson – Tennessee Titans/Indianapolis Colts/Houston Texans
NFL seasons: 14 (2003-present)
Drafted: 3rd overall in 2003 by Houston
Did you know? Johnson, the only NFL player with 60 catches in each of his first eight NFL seasons, is a member of the 1,000-catch and 10,000-yard clubs. The 7-time Pro Bowler and 4-time All-Pro twice led the NFL in receiving yards (2008 and ’09). He has caught more than 100 passes, including 115 in 2008 for Houston, five times in his career. Johnson gained more than 1,500 yards receiving in 2008, 2009 and 2012.