The All-User Team: WRs

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Aug 25, 2005



By Cold, Hard Football Facts senior writer John Dudley
 
 
WR Jimmy Smith
Smith holds virtually every Jacksonville receiving record and ranks in the top 15 in NFL history for both receptions (12th) and receiving yards (14th). In 2001, he was stopped by police for suspicion of drunken driving. When the urine sample he provided came back positive for cocaine, he vehemently denied using the drug. "I've never done it, don't do it and don't plan to do it," Smith said at the time.
 
Two years later, Smith could no longer pretend that a narcotic had mysteriously entered his system. He violated the league's substance-abuse policy and was suspended for the first four games of the 2003 season. Once it became evident that he had a nose for more than just the goal line, he finally acknowledged his problem. Smith was selected to five straight Pro Bowls between 1997 and 2001 but hasn't made one since. He will be playing his 14th season in the league and 11th with the Jaguars.
 
RECEIVING 
Year
Team
Games
Starts
Rec.
Yards
Avg.
TDs
1992
Dallas
7
0
0
0
---
0
1993
Dallas
0
0
0
0
---
0
1994
Dallas
0
0
0
0
---
0
1995
Jacksonville
16
4
22
288
13.1
3
1996
Jacksonville
16
9
83
1244
15.0
7
1997
Jacksonville
16
16
82
1324
16.1
4
1998
Jacksonville
16
15
78
1182
15.2
8
1999
Jacksonville
16
16
116
1636
14.1
6
2000
Jacksonville
15
14
91
1213
13.3
8
2001
Jacksonville
16
16
112
1373
12.3
8
2002
Jacksonville
16
16
80
1027
12.8
7
2003
Jacksonville
12
12
54
805
14.9
4
2004
Jacksonville
16
16
74
1172
15.8
6
TOTALS
 
162
134
792
11264
14.2
61
 
WR Terry Glenn
Dallas's Glenn burst onto the scene in New England in 1996 by setting a rookie record for receptions with 90. He made the Pro Bowl following his fourth season, but by 2001, he was getting far more notice for off-the-field troubles that included an arrest on domestic violence charges. Glenn was suspended for the first four games of the '01 season because he missed a mandatory drug test, something the league counts as a failed test.
 
Glenn returned to the Patriots but played sparingly due to a contract dispute and a questionable hamstring injury. His detrimental conduct eventually resulted in his suspension by the team for the playoffs. Without their volatile wideout, New England went on to win their first of three Super Bowls in the last four years. Glenn was traded to Green Bay in the offseason but only lasted there a year. He was then moved to Dallas to be reunited with Bill Parcells, the coach who once referred to him as "she." Glenn is entering Year 10 in the NFL, and this will be her third season with the Cowboys.
 
RECEIVING 
Year
Team
Games
Starts
Rec.
Yards
Avg.
TDs
1996
New England
15
15
90
1132
12.6
6
1997
New England
9
9
27
431
16.0
2
1998
New England
10
9
50
792
15.8
3
1999
New England
14
13
69
1147
16.6
4
2000
New England
16
16
79
963
12.2
6
2001
New England
4
1
14
204
14.6
1
2002
Green Bay
15
14
56
817
14.6
2
2003
Dallas
16
14
52
754
14.5
5
2004
Dallas
6
6
24
400
16.7
2
TOTALS
 
105
97
461
6640
14.4
31
 
*WRs David Boston and Koren Robinson
When we go to a four-wide formation, we can bring in Boston and Robinson, two highly touted receivers who were each taken among the top 10 picks in their respective drafts. The sculpted Boston gained 25 pounds before his 2001 season with Arizona, and rumors that he had used performance-enhancing drugs began to swirl. He ended up leading the NFL in receiving yardage that year, but shortly after playing in his first (and only) Pro Bowl, he was arrested for DUI and tested positive for marijuana and cocaine. In 2004, while already sitting out the season with a knee injury suffered during Miami's preseason, Boston was hit with a four-game suspension for steroids. If his hulking body still allows him to run pass routes, he will see his first game action with the Dolphins this fall, his seventh year in the league. 
 
Robinson showed flashes of brilliance in his sophomore season with Seattle, becoming just the second player in team history to record 1,200 receiving yards (the other was Hall of Famer Steve Largent). He then developed an increasing propensity to drop passes. His declining numbers bottomed out last year, when he was suspended one game by the team and another four games by the league. The Seahawks released Robinson earlier this summer in light of numerous alcohol-related problems. Last month, he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and was sentenced to a day in jail and 24 months of supervised probation. He has admirably checked himself into rehab, but Robinson's four-year NFL career is currently as shaky as his hands.
 
Boston 
RECEIVING 
Year
Team
Games
Starts
Rec.
Yards
Avg.
TDs
1999
Arizona
16
8
40
473
11.8
2
2000
Arizona
16
16
71
1156
16.3
7
2001
Arizona
16
15
98
1598
16.3
8
2002
Arizona
8
8
32
512
16.0
1
2003
San Diego
14
14
70
880
12.6
7
2004
Miami
0
0
0
0
---
0
TOTALS
 
70
61
311
4619
14.9
25
 
Robinson
RECEIVING 
Year
Team
Games
Starts
Rec.
Yards
Avg.
TDs
2001
Seattle
16
13
39
536
13.7
1
2002
Seattle
16
16
78
1240
15.9
5
2003
Seattle
15
15
65
896
13.8
4
2004
Seattle
10
8
31
495
16.0
2
TOTALS
 
57
52
213
3167
14.9
12
 

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