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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Once Upon A Time


Before the start of the 2013 NFL season, Steve Largent's 819 career receptions had him ranked #21 in NFL history.  Since then, Jason Witten and Andre Johnson have passed him and it won't be long before Wes WelkerAnquan BoldinSteve Smith, and Larry Fitzgerald leap frog him too.

In fact... it's very likely that by the end of the season, Largent will be off of the NFL's top 25 all-time receptions list.

But once upon a time... Steve Largent was the NFL's All-Time Reception Leader.  And at the time of his retirement, he was also the career leader in touchdown receptions and receiving yards.  It's been almost twenty-four years since he caught his final pass, but he still ranks 7th in TD receptions and 14th in receiving yards.

Most importantly... he's #1 on my all-time favorite wide receivers list.

What about you...

Who's your favorite wide receiver of all-time?

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Happy Sunday and sayonara!

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    1. Green is a beast! Look forward to see him play for the next decade or so.

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  2. As a Buffalo Bills fan, I'll have to pick Andre Reed. As a Hamilton Tiger-Cats fan, my pick would be Earl Winfield. The latter finally got into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame Hopefully, Andre will follow stateside soon.

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    1. I never felt that Reed received the hobby respect that he deserved. Hopefully he gets inducted into Canton sooner, than later. As for Winfield... haven't heard about him. I'll have to look him up.

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  3. I'll go kind of old school with Raider Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff.

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    1. Biletnikoff is definitely a local legend... very popular with old school Raiders fans.

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  4. NC State and Rams receiver Torry Holt

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    1. Nice call. Holt had a solid career. It was sad to see him just one day disappear.

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  5. For the Dolphins it would be Mark Duper but for former Hurricanes it would be Santana Moss.

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    1. Loved watching Marino throw to Duper and Clayton in the 80's. As for Moss... never really been a huge fan... but the guy had talent.

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  6. Largent! That brings back a lot of childhood memories! He and Jim Zorn...what a combo!

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    1. Yup. One of my favorite combos of all-time.

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  7. I suppose by default it's LaDainian Tomlinson because he caught so many passes and the Chargers haven't had great receivers in my lifetime.

    Antonio Gates is right there too.

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    1. If we're going with Chargers... I've gotta go with Joiner, Chandler, and Winslow.

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  8. Steve Largent, his time with Zorn and Krieg at QB were classic.

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    1. Krieg to Largent was another one of my favorite combo's from my childhood.

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  9. As a Steelers fan, there's really one player that comes to mind...Hines Ward. However Larry Fitzgerald could have been the greatest all-time if he had a QB to pass to him since Kurt Warner's retirement.

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    1. Loved the fact that Ward played his entire career with the Steelers. In terms of Steelers... that catch by Swann against the Cowboys was one of the greatest catches I've ever seen. Insane!

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  10. Since I only follow NFL and got to know some players since '09 I don't know many 'vintage' players. So I have to name a Saints WR to my favourite: Marques Colston.

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    1. Hmmm... when it comes to the Saints... Joe Horn was the first to pop into my head.

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  11. I grew up with the Cowboys of the 90's so no doubt it was the Playmaker Michael Irvin. Today, It's Dez of course. Attitude problems aside, that guy is AMAZING. I sure hope we don't waste his career.

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    1. I have Dez on my fantasy team. The guy is a beast!

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  12. Old dude alert.....

    This is really tough. My guy Tommy McDonald is special because he was so much a part of my younger days of playing street football. He was the last guy to play without a facemask.

    Ben Hawkins was a high school star in my hometown in New Jersey when I was growing up. Every kid in town would wear his football helmet without snapping the chin strap because that was Ben's trademark. He became a star at Arizona State and he's still #8 all time among Philadelphia Eagles receivers in yards and TDs.

    Lenny Moore was a flanker for the Colts but he was also a halfback. He's up there with Gale Sayers and Barry Sanders for flat-out football excitement. He taped up his cleats with white tape and was known as 'Spats'. Jimmy Orr used to 'own' the back right corner of the soyth endzone at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. It was called 'Orrs-ville'.

    But to pick a favorite... I guess I'd say Ray Berry. He was the best receiver I ever saw. Ran perfect routes and Johnny Unitas could hit him with a blindfold on I bet.

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  13. I've definitely heard of Lenny Moore and Raymond Berry... but McDonald and Orr are new to me. I'll have to look them up. Thanks for sharing your wisdom ;-)

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