NFL Career Receiving Yards Leaders Through 1978

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These are the NFL career record holders through the 1978 season. See current receiving yards leaders or select another stat or year:

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Leaders through 1978

Leaders through 1978 Table
Rank Current Player (age) Yds Tm
129Don Maynard118343TM
245Lance Alworth102662TM
356Raymond Berry9275clt
459Charley Taylor9110was
563Fred Biletnikoff8974rai
679Paul Warfield85652TM
781Billy Howton84593TM
883Tommy McDonald84105TM
987Carroll Dale82773TM
1098Art Powell80465TM
11100Don Hutson7991gnb
12103Bobby Mitchell79542TM
13104Jackie Smith79182TM
14105Jimmy Orr79142TM
1543Harold Jackson78273TM
16118Roy Jefferson75393TM
17119Gary Garrison75382TM
18123Bob Hayes74142TM
19124Pete Retzlaff7412phi
20126Otis Taylor7306kan
21127Boyd Dowler72702TM
22131Lionel Taylor71953TM
23137John Gilliam70565TM
24138Elroy Hirsch70292TM
25150Charley Hennigan6823oti
26147Gene Washington6664sfo
27169Dante Lavelli6488cle
28171Del Shofner64702TM
29178Max McGee6346gnb
3096Haven Moses62282TM
31191Red Phillips60442TM
32192Lenny Moore6039clt
33195Jack Snow6012ram
34197Sonny Randle59963TM
35203Bobby Joe Conrad59022TM
203Billy Wilson5902sfo
36212Mike Ditka58123TM
37217Gail Cogdill56963TM
38220Danny Abramowicz56862TM
39227Pete Pihos5619phi
227Dave Parks56193TM
40229Mac Speedie5602cle
41134Ken Burrough55912TM
42239Ray Renfro5508cle
43240Chris Burford5505kan
44242Jerry Smith5496was
45245Bernie Casey54442TM
46246Buddy Dial54362TM
47247Frank Gifford5434nyg
48248Frank Clarke54262TM
49Tom Fears5397ram
50Gary Ballman53664TM
51Bobby Walston5363phi
52Gary Collins5299cle
53Elbert Dubenion5294buf
54John Mackey52362TM
55Hugh Taylor5233was
5662Harold Carmichael5208phi
5724Charlie Joiner51483TM
58158Mel Gray5144crd
59Elbie Nickel5131pit
60Johnny Morris5059chi
61249Bob Tucker50252TM
62136Reggie Rucker50164TM
63Jim Colclough5001nwe
64Joe Morrison4993nyg
65Homer Jones49862TM
66George Sauer4965nyj
67Paul Flatley49052TM
68Lance Rentzel48263TM
69Charlie Sanders4817det
70Jim Benton48012TM
71Kyle Rote4797nyg
72Ben Hawkins47642TM
73238Rich Caster47502TM
74Harlon Hill47173TM
75108Drew Pearson4687dal
7676Cliff Branch4676rai
77Bob Trumpy4600cin
78Gino Cappelletti4589nwe
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