Top 20 Receivers

At the Start of the 2004 NFL Season

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Marvin Harrison of the Indianapolis Colts added 94 catches to his career total in 2003 to climb six spots - from No. 18 to No. 12 - among the NFL's all-time reception leaders. Harrison is one of eight active players who rank in the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Top 20 receivers including two newcomers in 2003 - Keenan McCardell of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Isaac Bruce of the St. Louis Rams.

McCardell (right) hauled in a team-leading 84 receptions for 1,174 yards and 8 TDs this past season to join the Top 20. In 12 NFL seasons, he has accumulated 724 receptions which puts him at No. 16 of all-time.

Bruce, in his 10th season, added 69 grabs to his career résumé and now ranks 20th all-time with 688 receptions for 10,461 yards.

Tight end Shannon Sharpe of the Denver Broncos registered 62 catches for 770 yards and 8 touchdowns in 2003 as he jumped two spots to No. 9 all-time.

Firmly entrenched atop the list of Top 20 receivers is Jerry Rice of the Oakland Raiders. Rice, in his 19th NFL season, led the Raiders in receiving during 2003 with 63 receptions for 869 yards and 2 TDs.

Three other active players - Rice's teammate Tim Brown (No. 3), New England Patriots running back Larry Centers (No. 7) and Jimmy Smith of the Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 17) - are ranked in the Top 20 receivers of all time.

At the Start of the 2004 Season
 
Rank   Player League
Yrs.
No.
Yards
Avg.
TD
1 (1) JERRY RICE NFL
19
1,519
22,466
14.8
194
2 (2) Cris Carter NFL
16
1,101
13,899
12.6
130
3 (3) TIM BROWN NFL
16
1,070
14,734
13.8
99
4 (4) Andre Reed NFL
16
951
13,198
13.9
87
5 (5) Art Monk NFL
16
940
12,721
13.5
68
6 (6) Irving Fryar NFL
17
851
12,785
15.0
84
7 (9) LARRY CENTERS NFL
14
827
6,797
8.2
28
8 (7) Steve Largent * NFL
14
819
13,089
16.0
100
9 (11) SHANNON SHARPE NFL
14
815
10,060
12.3
62
10 (8) Henry Ellard NFL
16
814
13,777
16.9
65
11 (10) James Lofton * NFL
16
764
14,004
18.3
75
12 (18) MARVIN HARRISON NFL
8
759
10,072
13.3
83
13T (12T) Charlie Joiner * AFL-NFL
18
750
12,146
16.2
65
13T (12T) Michael Irvin NFL
12
750
11,904
15.9
65
15 (14) Andre Rison NFL
12
743
10,205
13.7
84
16 (--) KEENAN McCARDELL NFL
12
724
9,370
12.9
52
17 (19) JIMMY SMITH NFL
11
718
10,092
14.1
55
18 (15) Gary Clark NFL
11
699
10,856
15.5
65
19 (16) Terance Mathis NFL
13
689
8,809
12.8
63
20 (--) ISAAC BRUCE NFL
10
688
10,461
15.2
68
 
2003 Notes:
KEENAN McCARDELL entered the Top 20 in Week 7. ISAAC BRUCE entered the Top 20 in Week 11. Ozzie Newsome* (662 receptions for 7,980 yards, 47 TDs) and Herman Moore (670 receptions for 9,174 yards, 62 TDs) were displaced from the Top 20.
Next in Line:
Players active in 2003 who rank closest to a Top Twenty ranking: MARSHALL FAULK (673), ROD SMITH (633), RICKY PROEHL (607), KEYSHAWN JOHNSON (603), and TERRELL OWENS (592).
 
ACTIVE IN 2003
* Pro Football Hall of Fame Member
( ) - indicates rank at the start of the 2003 season