Steve Largent Becomes All Time Leading Receiver - 26 Years Ago Today

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Dec 27, 2013

On this date in 1987, Seattle wide receiver Steve Largent caught six passes in a 41-20 loss at Kansas City to become the NFL's all-time leading receiver with 751 receptions.

To illustrate the pass-happy days we currently live in, 33 players (34 if we include Largent) have caught more than 751 passes for their careers. Largent finished his career with 819 catches, good for 27th all time on the NFL receptions list. 

Of the 33 players who have caught more than 751 receptions, eight are still active. 

The rundown, with career receptions followed by all-time rank in parentheses:

  • Steve Smith (836, 25th)
  • Larry Fitzgerald (840, 24th)
  • Wes Welker (841, 23rd)
  • Anquan Boldin (848, 22nd)
  • Jason Witten (867, 17th)
  • Andre Johnson (921, 14th)
  • Reggie Wayne (1006. 8th)
  • Tony Gonzalez (1321, 2nd)

Assuming Gonzalez retires at season's end, he'll finish No. 2 all time behind Jerry Rice (1549 receptions).

And depending on how well he bounces back from injury, the 34-year-old Reggie Wayne will most likely retire No. 2 in career receptions. Wayne needs 96 to catch former teammate Marvin Harrison for third all time.


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