Players in NFL history with most receiving yards 2018

Players with the most receiving yards in NFL history (as of December 30th, 2018)*

by Statista Research Department, last edited Jun 3, 2019
Players in NFL history with most receiving yards 2018 In American Football terms, receiving yards refers to the number of yards gained by a receiver on a passing play – this not only includes the length of the pass, but also the additional yards that the player was able to run once he was in possession of the ball. Jerry Rice is the only player in NFL history with more than 20,000 receiving yards – the wide receiver racked up 22,895 receiving yards in a career spanning from 1985 to 2004.
Jerry Rice – NFL legend

With an unrivalled number of receiving yards to his name, it is no wonder that Jerry Rice is considered a legend of the game. Widely lauded as the best wide receiver in history, the Mississippi native was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010. Rice spent the majority of his career in San Francisco, plying his trade for the 49ers. Unsurprisingly, he is the runaway leader for all time receiving yards for the franchise with 19,247 yards. No other player for the 49ers has managed to break the 10,000-yard barrier. Having been on the receiving end of so many successful passes, Jerry Rice also leads the way in number of touchdowns for the 49ers – he scored 187 times for the San Francisco team, more than twice that of his closest rival, Terrell Owens.

Leading quarterbacks

Behind every great wide receiver is a great quarterback as without a perfect throw, the pass would never be completed. Drew Brees, who has been plying his trade as a quarterback in the NFL since 2001, currently leads the way with the most passing yards in NFL history – he has passed a combined total of 75 thousand yards for the San Diego Chargers and the New Orleans Saints, beating stiff competition from other legendary quarterbacks including Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, and Tom Brady. The skill and level of performance of these modern-day quarterbacks can be seen in the fact that the average completed passing yards per game stands at 234 yards – between 1950 and 1959, this figure stood at just 167 yards.
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Players with the most receiving yards in NFL history (as of December 30th, 2018)*

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Number of yards
Jerry Rice (1985-2004)22,895
Larry Fitzgerald (2004-2018)16,279
Terrell Owens (1996-2010)15,934
Randy Moss (1998-2012)15,292
Isaac Bruce (1994-2009)15,208
Tony Gonzalez (1997-2013)15,127
Tim Brown 1988-2004)14,934
Steve Smith (2001-2016)14,731
Marvin Harrison (1996-2008)14,580
Reggie Wayne (2001-2014)14,345
Andre Johnson (2003-2016)14,185
James Lofton (1978-1993)14,004
Cris Carter (1987-2002)13,899
Anquan Boldin (2003-2016)13,779
Henry Ellard (1983-1998)13,777
Torry Holt (1999-2009)13,382
Andre Reed (1985-2000)13,198
Steve Largent (1976-1989)13,089
Irving Fryar (1984-2000)12,785
Art Monk (1980-1995)12,721
Number of yards
Jerry Rice (1985-2004)22,895
Larry Fitzgerald (2004-2018)16,279
Terrell Owens (1996-2010)15,934
Randy Moss (1998-2012)15,292
Isaac Bruce (1994-2009)15,208
Tony Gonzalez (1997-2013)15,127
Tim Brown 1988-2004)14,934
Steve Smith (2001-2016)14,731
Marvin Harrison (1996-2008)14,580
Reggie Wayne (2001-2014)14,345
Andre Johnson (2003-2016)14,185
James Lofton (1978-1993)14,004
Cris Carter (1987-2002)13,899
Anquan Boldin (2003-2016)13,779
Henry Ellard (1983-1998)13,777
Torry Holt (1999-2009)13,382
Andre Reed (1985-2000)13,198
Steve Largent (1976-1989)13,089
Irving Fryar (1984-2000)12,785
Art Monk (1980-1995)12,721
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by Statista Research Department, last edited Jun 3, 2019
In American Football terms, receiving yards refers to the number of yards gained by a receiver on a passing play – this not only includes the length of the pass, but also the additional yards that the player was able to run once he was in possession of the ball. Jerry Rice is the only player in NFL history with more than 20,000 receiving yards – the wide receiver racked up 22,895 receiving yards in a career spanning from 1985 to 2004.
Jerry Rice – NFL legend

With an unrivalled number of receiving yards to his name, it is no wonder that Jerry Rice is considered a legend of the game. Widely lauded as the best wide receiver in history, the Mississippi native was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010. Rice spent the majority of his career in San Francisco, plying his trade for the 49ers. Unsurprisingly, he is the runaway leader for all time receiving yards for the franchise with 19,247 yards. No other player for the 49ers has managed to break the 10,000-yard barrier. Having been on the receiving end of so many successful passes, Jerry Rice also leads the way in number of touchdowns for the 49ers – he scored 187 times for the San Francisco team, more than twice that of his closest rival, Terrell Owens.

Leading quarterbacks

Behind every great wide receiver is a great quarterback as without a perfect throw, the pass would never be completed. Drew Brees, who has been plying his trade as a quarterback in the NFL since 2001, currently leads the way with the most passing yards in NFL history – he has passed a combined total of 75 thousand yards for the San Diego Chargers and the New Orleans Saints, beating stiff competition from other legendary quarterbacks including Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, and Tom Brady. The skill and level of performance of these modern-day quarterbacks can be seen in the fact that the average completed passing yards per game stands at 234 yards – between 1950 and 1959, this figure stood at just 167 yards.
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