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List of National Football League career receiving yards leaders

In American football, yards gained on a forward pass play are credited to the receiver as receiving yards. In the National Football League (NFL), 48 players have gained at least 10,000 receiving yards in their career: all but four are wide receivers; the rest are tight ends. Wide receiver Jerry Rice is the NFL's all-time leader in receiving yards, with 22,895. He is the only player to surpass 17,000 yards. Larry Fitzgerald is the only active player nearing this milestone.

Regular season career receiving yards leadersEdit

Key
^ Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
* Denotes player who is still active in the NFL

Through Week 10 of 2019 season

Rank Player Position Team(s) by season Receptions Yards Average
1 Jerry Rice^ Wide Receiver San Francisco 49ers (19852000)
Oakland Raiders (20012004)
Seattle Seahawks (2004)
1,549 22,895 14.8
2 Larry Fitzgerald* Arizona Cardinals (2004–present) 1,353 16,835 12.4
3 Terrell Owens^ San Francisco 49ers (19962003)
Philadelphia Eagles (20042005)
Dallas Cowboys (20062008)
Buffalo Bills (2009)
Cincinnati Bengals (2010)
1,078 15,934 14.8
4 Randy Moss^ Minnesota Vikings (19982004, 2010)
Oakland Raiders (20052006)
New England Patriots (20072010)
Tennessee Titans (2010)
San Francisco 49ers (2012)
982 15,292 15.6
5 Isaac Bruce Los Angeles / St. Louis Rams (19942007)
San Francisco 49ers (20082009)
1,024 15,208 14.9
6 Tony Gonzalez^ Tight end Kansas City Chiefs (19972008)
Atlanta Falcons (20092013)
1,325 15,127 11.4
7 Tim Brown^ Wide receiver L.A./Oakland Raiders (19882003)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2004)
1,094 14,934 13.7
8 Steve Smith Sr. Carolina Panthers (20012013)
Baltimore Ravens (20142016)
1,031 14,731 14.3
9 Marvin Harrison^ Indianapolis Colts (19962008) 1,102 14,580 13.2
10 Reggie Wayne Indianapolis Colts (20012014) 1,070 14,345 13.5
11 Andre Johnson Houston Texans (20032014)
Indianapolis Colts (2015)
Tennessee Titans (2016)
1,062 14,185 13.4
12 James Lofton^ Green Bay Packers (19781986)
Los Angeles Raiders (19871988)
Buffalo Bills (19891992)
Los Angeles Rams (1993)
Philadelphia Eagles (1993)
764 14,004 18.3
13 Cris Carter^ Philadelphia Eagles (19871989)
Minnesota Vikings (19902001)
Miami Dolphins (2002)
1,101 13,899 12.6
14 Anquan Boldin Arizona Cardinals (20032009)
Baltimore Ravens (20102012)
San Francisco 49ers (20132015)
Detroit Lions (2016)
1,076 13,779 12.8
15 Henry Ellard Los Angeles Rams (19831993)
Washington Redskins (19941998)
New England Patriots (1998)
814 13,777 16.9
16 Torry Holt St. Louis Rams (19992008)
Jacksonville Jaguars (2009)
920 13,382 14.5
17 Andre Reed^ Buffalo Bills (19851999)
Washington Redskins (2000)
951 13,198 13.9
18 Steve Largent^ Seattle Seahawks (19761989) 819 13,089 16.0
19 Jason Witten Tight end Dallas Cowboys (20032017, 2019–present) 1,188 12,786 10.8
20 Irving Fryar Wide Receiver New England Patriots (19841992)
Miami Dolphins (19931995)
Philadelphia Eagles (19961998)
Washington Redskins (19992000)
851 12,785 15.0
21 Art Monk^ Washington Redskins (19801993)
New York Jets (1994)
Philadelphia Eagles (1995)
940 12,721 13.5
22 Brandon Marshall Denver Broncos (20062009)
Miami Dolphins (20102011)
Chicago Bears (20122014)
New York Jets (20152016)
New York Giants (2017)
Seattle Seahawks/New Orleans Saints (2018)
970 12,351 12.7
23 Jimmy Smith Dallas Cowboys (19921993)
Jacksonville Jaguars (19952005)
862 12,287 14.3
24 Charlie Joiner^ Houston Oilers (19691972)
Cincinnati Bengals (19721975)
San Diego Chargers (19761986)
750 12,146 16.2
25 Hines Ward Pittsburgh Steelers (19982011) 1,000 12,083 12.1
26 Derrick Mason Tennessee Oilers/Titans (19972004)
Baltimore Ravens (20052010)
New York Jets/Houston Texans (2011)
943 12,061 12.8
27 Michael Irvin^ Dallas Cowboys (19881999) 750 11,904 15.9
28 Antonio Gates Tight end San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (20032018) 955 11,841 12.4
29 Don Maynard^ Wide receiver New York Giants (1958)
New York Titans/Jets (19601972)
633 11,834 18.7
30 Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions (20072015) 731 11,619 15.9
31 Julio Jones* Atlanta Falcons (2011–present) 751 11,522 15.3
32 Muhsin Muhammad Carolina Panthers (19962004, 20082009)
Chicago Bears (20052007)
860 11,438 13.3
33 Rod Smith Denver Broncos (19952007) 849 11,389 13.4
34 Keenan McCardell Cleveland Browns (19921995)
Jacksonville Jaguars (19962001)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (20022003)
San Diego Chargers (20042006)
Washington Redskins (2007)
883 11,373 12.9
35 Antonio Brown Pittsburgh Steelers (20102018)
New England Patriots (2019)
841 11,263 13.4
36 Chad Johnson Cincinnati Bengals (20012010)
New England Patriots (2011)
766 11,059 14.4
37 Joey Galloway Seattle Seahawks (19951999)
Dallas Cowboys (20002003)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (20042008)
New England Patriots/Pittsburgh Steelers (2009)
Washington Redskins (2010)
698 10,918 15.6
38 Roddy White Atlanta Falcons (20052015) 808 10,863 13.4
39 Gary Clark Washington Redskins (19851992)
Arizona/Phoenix Cardinals (19931994)
Miami Dolphins (1995)
699 10,856 15.5
40 Stanley Morgan New England Patriots (19771989)
Indianapolis Colts (1990)
557 10,716 19.2
41 Keyshawn Johnson New York Jets (19961999)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (20002003)
Dallas Cowboys (20042005)
Carolina Panthers (2006)
814 10,571 13.0
42 DeSean Jackson* Philadelphia Eagles (20082013, 2019–present)
Washington Redskins (20142016)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (20172018)
598 10,420 17.4
43 Harold Jackson Los Angeles Rams (1968, 19731977)
Philadelphia Eagles (19691972)
New England Patriots (19781981)
Minnesota Vikings (1982)
Seattle Seahawks (1983)
579 10,372 17.9
44 Santana Moss New York Jets (20012004)
Washington Redskins (20052014)
732 10,283 14.0
45 Lance Alworth^ San Diego Chargers (19621970)
Dallas Cowboys (19711972)
542 10,266 18.9
46 Andre Rison Indianapolis Colts (1989)
Atlanta Falcons (19901994)
Cleveland Browns (1995)
Jacksonville Jaguars/Green Bay Packers (1996)
Kansas City Chiefs (19971999)
Oakland Raiders (2000)
743 10,205 13.7
47 Donald Driver Green Bay Packers (19992012) 743 10,137 13.6
48 Shannon Sharpe^ Tight end Denver Broncos (19901999, 20022003)
Baltimore Ravens (20002001)
815 10,060 12.3
49 Eric Moulds Wide receiver Buffalo Bills (19962005)
Houston Texans (2006)
Tennessee Titans (2007)
764 9,995 13.1
50 Wes Welker San Diego Chargers (2004)
Miami Dolphins (20042006)
New England Patriots (20072012)
Denver Broncos (20132014)
St. Louis Rams (2015)
903 9,924 11.0

Active players not in top 50 but at least 8,800 receiving yardsEdit

Through Week 10 of 2019 season; includes ranking.

1 Demaryius Thomas 9,646 (53rd)
2 A.J. Green 8,907 (67th)

Players with at least 1,000 post season receiving yardsEdit

Through start of 2019 season[1]

Rank Player Position Team(s) by season Receptions Yards Average
1 Jerry Rice^ Wide Receiver San Francisco 49ers (19852000)
Oakland Raiders (20012004)
Seattle Seahawks (2004)
151 2,245 14.9
2 Julian Edelman* Wide Receiver New England Patriots (2009–present) 115 1,412 12.3
3 Michael Irvin^ Wide Receiver Dallas Cowboys (19881999) 87 1,315 15.1
4 Cliff Branch Wide Receiver Oakland Raiders (19721985) 73 1,289 17.7
5 Reggie Wayne Wide Receiver Indianapolis Colts (20012014) 93 1,254 13.5
6 Andre Reed^ Wide Receiver Buffalo Bills (19851999)
Washington Redskins (2000)
85 1,229 14.5
7 Hines Ward Wide Receiver Pittsburgh Steelers (19982011) 88 1,181 13.4
8 Fred Biletnikoff^ Wide Receiver Oakland Raiders (19651978) 70 1,167 16.7
9 Rob Gronkowski Tight End New England Patriots (20102018) 81 1,163 14.4
10 Drew Pearson Wide Receiver Dallas Cowboys (19731983) 68 1,131 16.6
11 Paul Warfield^ Wide Receiver Cleveland Browns (19641969 and 19761977)
Miami Dolphins (19701974)
58 1,121 19.3
12 Art Monk^ Wide Receiver Washington Redskins (19801993)
New York Jets (1994)
Philadelphia Eagles (1995)
69 1,062 15.4
13 Anquan Boldin Wide Receiver Arizona Cardinals (20032009)
Baltimore Ravens (20102012)
San Francisco 49ers (20132015)
Detroit Lions (2016)
70 1,057 15.1
14 John Stallworth^ Wide Receiver Pittsburgh Steelers (19741987) 57 1,054 17.5
15 Steve Smith Sr. Wide Receiver Carolina Panthers (20012013)
Baltimore Ravens (20142016)
59 1,001 17.0

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NFL Receiving Yards Career Playoffs Leaders". ProFootballReference.com. Retrieved 8 February 2019.