Top 20 Receiving

01/01/2005

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Marvin Harrison (Photo: Associated Press)
Marvin Harrison

Marvin Harrison of the Indianapolis Colts rewrote the record book in 2002 when he hauled in 143 receptions. Along the way, his career total climbed to 665 catches earning him a ranking among the game's top twenty leading receivers. Harrison, the first player in history to record 1,500 yards receiving in consecutive seasons, entered the Top 20 in Week 15.

Meanwhile, age failed to slow down the Oakland Raiders' Jerry Rice in 2002. At age 40, the game's all-time leading receiver added yet another chapter to his storied career. Playing in his 18th NFL season, Rice had a team-leading 92 catches for 1,211 yards. It marked the 14th time in his career that he's recorded a 1,000-yard season.

Tim Brown joined Rice, and Cris Carter of the Miami Dolphins as the only players ever to record 1,000 receptions in a career. Brown, who caught 81 passes for 930 yards, climbed two spots in 2002 from fifth place to third all-time.

Five other active players, including newcomer Jimmy Smith (No. 19) of the Jacksonville Jaguars, rank in the Top 20 receiving. They include Carter (No. 2), Larry Centers (No. 9), Shannon Sharpe (No. 11), and Terance Mathis (No. 16).

Leading Lifetime Receivers
(At the Start of 2003 Season)

Rank Player League Yrs No. Yds Avg TD
1
(1) JERRY RICE NFL 18 1,456 21,597 14.8 192
2 (2) CRIS CARTER NFL 16 1,101
13,899 12.6 130
3 (5) TIM BROWN NFL 15 1,018
14,167 13.9 97
4 (3) Andre Reed NFL 16 951 13,198 13.9 87
5 (4) Art Monk NFL 16 940 12,721 13.5 68
6 (6) Irving Fryar NFL 17 851 12,785 15.0 84
7 (7) Steve Largent* NFL 14 819 13,089 16.0 100
8 (8) Henry Ellard NFL 16 814 13,777 16.9 65
9 (9) LARRY CENTERS NFL 13 808 6,691 8.3 27
10 (10) James Lofton* NFL 16 764 14,004 18.3 75
11 (15) SHANNON SHARPE NFL 13 753
9,290 12.3 54
12T (11T) Charlie Joiner* AFL-NFL 18 750 12,146 16.2 65
12T (11T) Michael Irvin NFL 12 750 11,904 15.9 65
14 (13) Andre Rison NFL 12 743 10,205 13.7 84
15 (14) Gary Clark NFL 11 699 10,856 15.5 65
16 (17) TERANCE MATHIS NFL 13 689 8,809 12.8 63
17 (16) Herman Moore NFL 11 670 9,174 13.7 62
18 (-) MARVIN HARRISON NFL 7 665 8,800 13.2 73
19 (-) JIMMY SMITH NFL 9 664 9,287 14.0 51
20 (18) Ozzie Newsome* NFL 13 662 7,980 12.1 47

2002 Notes:
JIMMY SMITH entered the Top 20 in Week 11. MARVIN HARRISON entered in Week 15. Drew Hill (634 receptions for 9,831 yards, 60 TDs) and Charley Taylor * (649 receptions for 9,110 yards, 79 TDs) were displaced from the Top 20.

Next in Line:
Players active in 2002 who rank closest to a Top Twenty ranking: KEENAN McCARDELL (640), MARSHALL FAULK (628), ISAAC BRUCE (619), RICKY PROEHL (580), ROD SMITH (559), KEYSHAWN JOHNSON (558), ED McCAFFREY (546), ERIC METCALF (541), and TERRELL OWENS (512).

ACTIVE IN 2002
* Pro Football Hall of Fame Member
( ) - indicates rank at the start of the 2002 season

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