Top 20 Receivers

02/21/2006

Marvin Harrison of the Indianapolis Colts became just the sixth player in NFL history to catch 900 passes when he reached the plateau during Week 11 action. Harrison, in his 10th season, hauled in 82 catches for 1,146 yards, and tied for the league lead with 12 touchdown receptions in 2005. He jumped one spot in the Top 20 and his career numbers now read 927 catches for 12,331 yards and 110 touchdowns.

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Rod Smith

Denver Broncos wide receiver Rod Smith recorded his eighth 1,000-yard season in the past nine years as he hauled in a team-high 85 receptions for 1,105 yards and 6 TDs. Smith, who entered the Top 20 late in 2004 season, climbed five places among the career reception leaders in 2005 to finish his 11th year ranked No. 15 of all-time with 797 catches.

Five other active players climbed the Top 20 reception chart in 2005 including the lone newcomer to the list, Keyshawn Johnson (No. 20) of the Dallas Cowboys. The others are Jimmy Smith of the Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 7), San Diego Chargers' Keenan McCardell (No. 10), and a pair of St. Louis Rams - Isaac Bruce (No. 14) and running back Marshall Faulk (No. 16).

(At the Start of the 2006 NFL Season)
 
Rank   Player League
Yrs.
No.
Yards
Avg.
TD
1 (1) Jerry Rice NFL
20
1,549
22,895
14.8
197
2 (2) Cris Carter NFL
16
1,101
13,899
12.6
130
3 (3) Tim Brown NFL
17
1,094
14,934
13.7
100
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 (7) MARVIN HARRISON NFL
10
927
12,331
13.3
110
7 (12) JIMMY SMITH NFL
12
862
12,287
14.3
67
8 (6) Irving Fryar NFL
17
851
12,785
15.0
84
9 (8) Larry Centers NFL
14
827
6,797
8.2
28
10 (15) KEENAN McCARDELL NFL
14
825
10,680
12.9
62
11 (9) Steve Largent * NFL
14
819
13,089
16.0
100
12 (10) Shannon Sharpe NFL
14
815
10,060
12.3
62
13 (11) Henry Ellard NFL
16
814
13,777
16.9
65
14 (13) ISAAC BRUCE NFL
12
813
12,278
15.1
77
15 (20) ROD SMITH NFL
11
797
10,877
13.6
65
16 (19) MARSHALL FAULK NFL
12
767
6,875
9.0
36
17 (14) James Lofton * NFL
16
764
14,004
18.3
75
18T (16T) Charlie Joiner * AFL-NFL
18
750
12,146
16.2
65
18T (16T) Michael Irvin NFL
12
750
11,904
15.9
65
20 (–) KEYSHAWN JOHNSON NFL
10
744
9,756
13.1
60
 
2005 Notes:
KEYSHAWN JOHNSON entered the Top 20 during Week 17. He displaced Andre Rison (743 receptions for 10,205 yards and 84 TDs).
Next in Line:
Players active in 2005 who rank closest to a Top 20 ranking: TERRELL OWENS (716), ERIC MOULDS (675), RICKY PROEHL (666), TONY GONZALEZ (648), MUHSIN MUHAMMAD (642), RANDY MOSS (634), JOHNNIE MORTON (624), and TORRY HOLT (619).
 
ACTIVE IN 2005
* Pro Football Hall of Fame Member
( ) - indicates rank at the start of the 2005 season
 
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