If you ask anyone, Jerry Rice is the best wide receiver in NFL history; note the keywords «almost».
A current wide receiver disagrees with common thinking and says that one of his old opponents is the GOAT.
DK Metcalf not only doesn’t have Rice at the top of his list, he doesn’t even have him as second or third.
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The Seattle Seahawks receiver hopped on the «All Things Covered» podcast and was asked who he thought were the top five receivers the game has ever seen, and he didn’t even have to think twice about his answer.
His quick list, from No. 1 to No. 5, is Antonio Brown, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Rice and Julio Jones.
At the time of his retirement, Rice held 38 NFL records, many of which still stand, including arguably the most important.
His 22,895 receiving yards, 1,549 catches and 197 touchdowns remain the most in his history, each by fairly healthy margins. He also holds postseason and Super Bowl records in each of those categories.
Rice simply dominated the game from start to finish, as he posted 14 seasons of at least 1,000 yards, also an NFL record.
In his sophomore season, at age 24, he was named First Team All-Pro and a first-time Pro Bowler as he led the NFL with 1,570 receiving yards and 15 receiving touchdowns. At 40 with the Oakland Raiders, in his 18th NFL season, he caught 92 passes for 1,211 yards and seven touchdowns en route to his latest Pro Bowl nomination and second-team All-Pro selection. He also became the oldest player to catch a touchdown in a Super Bowl that season.
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He was a three-time Super Bowl champion, a two-time Offensive Player of the Year, a six-time receiving yards and touchdowns leader, a 13-time Pro Bowler, and a 10-time first-team All-Pro.
During Brown’s prime, he was arguably the best wide receiver in football. His 9,145 receiving yards from 2013 to 2018 are the most in any six-year span in NFL history, and those six consecutive 100-plus reception seasons is the longest streak in history.
From 2013 through 2021, he went on pace for 17 games with 122 receptions, 1,610 yards and 12 touchdowns. However, his all-time statistical rankings fall far short, ranking 21st in receptions, 24th in yards and 25th in touchdowns.
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Moss and Owens certainly weren’t far behind either. While many attribute their antics to their lack of Super Bowl rings and why they played for five teams each, they both rank in the top four for most receiving yards and top three in receiving touchdowns all-time.
However, it’s certainly a good idea to have Rice, who is still pretty much licking the field in the record books despite his era in football, not in the top spot.