Ranking The 5 Greatest WRs In Detroit Lions History

Ranking The 5 Greatest WRs In Detroit Lions History

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Ranking the best wide receivers of all-time is something that many have done, but few agree upon. The criteria used by different people could include on-field achievements, statistical rankings, or even success in the postseason. When evaluating the greatest Detroit Lions wide receivers in team history, it is clear to see why the Lions have had such a rich history at the position, and here are my five greatest wide receivers in team history.

5. Johnnie Morton

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5. Johnnie Morton

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For his first eight seasons, Johnnie Morton was mainly the Lions' No. 3 receiver, and he ranked in the top three in every significant team-receiving record. Morton ranks third in team history with 469 receptions, third in receiving yards with 6,499 yards and is tied for third in touchdowns with 35. Morton also had four 1,000-yard receiving seasons in Detroit, and had three seasons with 75 or more receptions.

4. Terry Barr

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4. Terry Barr

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Barr played his entire nine-year NFL career with the Lions and ranks 14th all-time with 227 receptions, ninth with 3,810 yards, and is tied for third with 35 career touchdowns. Barr is the only player on this list to win a championship. In the 1957 Championship game against Cleveland, as a DB, Barr intercepted a pass and returned it 19 yards for a touchdown in the Lions 59-14 win.

3. Gail Cogdill

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3. Gail Cogdill

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Cogdill was a Detroit Lion for nine seasons, and won both the 1960 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award and the team MVP award in 1962. Cogdill ranks seventh in team history in receptions with 325, fifth in yards with 5,221, and ninth in touchdowns with 28. Cogdill also finished his career with three Pro Bowl appearances for Detroit. Cogdill went on to play for the 1968 Baltimore Colts team that lost Super Bowl III to the New York Jets.

2. Herman Moore

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2. Herman Moore

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Prior to Calvin Johnson's arrival, Herman Moore was Detroit's most prolific wide receiver in team history. Moore's 670 career receptions still ranks first, while his records for receiving yards (9,174) and touchdowns (62) stood for over a decade. Moore's records were both broken by Johnson. In 1995, Moore set an NFL record with 123 receptions, a record that has since been broken by Marvin Harrison in 2002, and tied by Wes Welker in 2009.

1. Calvin Johnson

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1. Calvin Johnson

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Since 2007, Johnson has amassed 572 receptions for 9,328 yards and 66 touchdowns. Johnson ranks second in team history in receptions, first in yards and first in touchdowns. Despite playing on many losing teams, Johnson has been one of the best receivers in the NFL the past seven seasons. Johnson holds the single-season record with 1,964 receiving yards in 2012, and has 39 games with more than 100 yards receiving.