Weekly Top 20 Receivers - Week 3

The Panthers’ Muhsin Muhammad had 6 catches against the Cowboys on Monday night. He moved ahead of Hall of Famer Steve Largent into 17th place on the all-time career leaders in receptions.

1 Jerry Rice 1,549
2 Marvin Harrison 1,102
3 Cris Carter 1,101
4 Tim Brown 1,094
5 Isaac Bruce 1,013
6 Terrell Owens 956
7 Andre Reed 951
8 Art Monk 940
9 Tony Gonzalez 929
10 Keenan McCardell 883
11 Torry Holt 881
12 Randy Moss 869
13 Jimmy Smith 862
14 Irving Fryar 851
15 Rod Smith 849
16 Larry Centers 827
17 Muhsin Muhammad 821
18 Steve Largent 819
19 Hines Ward 818
20 Shannon Sharpe 815
Italics denotes Hall of Famers
Bold denotes players active during the 2009 season
Statistics courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau

AAFC Stats:
The Pro Football Hall of Fame began tracking the Top 20 career leaders at the conclusion of the 1968 season.  These lists were maintained in a museum display and later on our website.  One difference from the Hall of Fame’s lists from other similar statistical lists was that they included the stats from the defunct All-America Football Conference (AAFC) that operated from 1946-49. 

When the Hall’s Top 20 debuted in 1968, there were nine players on the lists that had connections to the AAFC.  Today, there are only two players who would rank among the Top 20 if their stats from the AAFC were included.  Otto Graham’s passer rating combining AAFC and NFL stats would equal 86.63.  Lou “The Toe” Groza’s career point total would be 1,608 points if the 259 he scored in the AAFC were recognized by the NFL.  That would place him among the Top 20 scorers of all-time.

Related Links:
Top 20 at start of 2009 season - leaders in 15 statistical categories 

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