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Top Ten Steelers WR All Time

Discussion in 'Steelers Talk' started by Steelresolve, May 9, 2022.

  1. Steelresolve

    Steelresolve Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2022
    1. Hines Ward
    2. John Stallworth
    3. Antonio Brown
    4. Lynn Swann
    5. Yancey Thigpen
    6. Mike Wallace
    7. Louis Lipps
    8. Plaxico Burress
    9. Santonio Holmes
    10. I honestly don’t know
  2. Rel

    Rel Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2018
    What is this list? Talent or just overall person?
  3. Steelers4tim

    Steelers4tim Member

    Mar 27, 2022
    I'm with Steelresolve here...it's tough to put Ward ahead of Stallworth, Swann, and Brown, but you have to do it. On top of his receiving numbers, you also must factor in his play away from the football...Ward is by far and away the best blocking wide receiver in NFL history, and it's not even close. The fact that the HOF Committee let in a pedestrian guy like Drew f****** Pearson over Ward is beyond all comprehension, too...
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  4. Formerscribe

    Formerscribe Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2016
    Stallworth or Brown are No. 1. Look at it honestly. If Brown had suffered a career-ending injury in 2018 instead of losing his mind, most people here would put him No. 1. No receiver in the team's history was the best in the game for that long.

    Ward was much easier to like, but he doesn't belong ahead of those guys.

    That last spot should probably go to Buddy Dial or Elbie Nickel.
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  5. Toughtown

    Toughtown Member

    Dec 2, 2015
    Perhaps, Antwaan Randle El or Emmanuel Sanders.
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  6. Vox Ferrum

    Vox Ferrum Well-Known Member

    Apr 22, 2019
    The second tier. Yancy had some good years here and played on teams with decent coaching. I just looked at Louis Lipps stats and forgot just how good he was, playing on some horrible teams. Injuries derailed him, but 4 years at 19 plus ypc average, another 2 at near or above 15. Guy was a stud with no one throwing to him.
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  7. steel machine

    steel machine Well-Known Member

    Sep 21, 2017
    I believe most on that list had a franchise QB throwing to them.

    Where goes JuJu???????
  8. strummerfan

    strummerfan Well-Known Member

    May 9, 2012
    Not in the top 10
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  9. LambertsDentist

    LambertsDentist Well-Known Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    I realize Swann and Stalworth are both in the HOF. I also realize Ward has the best career stats, even though he had Kordell and Maddox throwing to him for half his career. Of course this top 10 played in different eras which skews any stat comparison.

    Still, there is only one on this list who was THE best in the league over several years, and that was Brown. Being the most dominant of his time offsets any attempt to compare eras IMO.
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  10. S.T.D

    S.T.D Well-Known Member

    Dec 23, 2020
    No Ward had Tomczak, Graham, Kordell, and Maddox for a bunch. I would bet money that Brown stats wouldn't be close as what He had with that. Hell everyone knows every time Ben was out a game Brown disappeared.
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  11. LambertsDentist

    LambertsDentist Well-Known Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Damnit! Why did you have to bring up Tomczak and Graham? I'm trying to repress those memories!
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  12. Hanratty#5

    Hanratty#5 Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2019
    Roy Jefferson has to be somewhere in the top 5. He was the best WR in football in the late 1960's.
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  13. Rush2seven

    Rush2seven Well-Known Member

    Oct 17, 2011

    It’s a product of the league, but probably too many players from last 15 years. Brown, Holmes, Ward the only game changers.
  14. doubleyoi


    Apr 26, 2012
    Dude could sink ships
  15. Jball

    Jball Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    I gotta put AB at no.1.

    Dude was like the best wr in the league for like 5 straight years. In the age of wr's.

    I know he's a douche but he's the best.
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  16. 1stCavVet

    1stCavVet Member

    Apr 29, 2021
    Absolutely....If AB had to catch passes from some of those guys,he'd have f'ckn hissy fit breakdown on the sideline, lol....
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  17. Kreighoff

    Kreighoff Well-Known Member

    Nov 25, 2017
    If the question was Top ten WR'S who played for the Steelers.
    Then I put Brown at 1
    But its Top Ten Steelers WR's All Time
    I can't put AB at 1 after he claimed to be injured then he wanted to play then he sulked on the sideline like a spoiled kid.
    So with importance put on being a Steeler
    1 Stallworth super bowls and clutch long career
    2 Swann super bowls but career cut short
    3 Ward Hines would of blocked a DE if you asked him to Anyone who gets a rule changed deserves respect.
    4 Brown Can't ignore the talent. There is two AB's BB and AB Before Burfick and After Burfict I really think Burfick broke his brain when he laid him out.
    5 Yancy Thigpen I just love saying his name
    6 Lipps Had a good career legit deep threat even with sub par QB's
    7 Holmes Wish we could of kept him longer. Hard to find a more clutch performance in a 4th qtr of a SB
    8 Wallace Amazing speed
    9 Burress Another one I wish we could of held on to
    10 Randel El Good WR and a wild card.
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  18. Confluence

    Confluence Well-Known Member

    Jan 22, 2017
    I like:
    5. Holmes
    6. Burress
    7. Thigpen
    8. Brown (overall score affected by off the field/ attitude/ character issues)
    9. Randle El
    10. either Charles Johnson or Ernie Mills (tie)

    (Wallace does not make the list)
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  19. Formerscribe

    Formerscribe Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2016
    Even with Roethlisberger, Ward was never even close to being the best receiver in the game. Brown was the best in the game for years. I get that people hate the guy now, but it has made them forget that he was pretty much unstoppable for a long time.
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  20. Thigpen82

    Thigpen82 Bitter optimist

    Oct 17, 2011
    I think for consistency and longevity, Stallworth and Brown are locks at 1 and 2.

    Then I’d go:
    3. Lipps
    4. Swann
    5. Ward
    6. Dial
    7. Thigpen
    8. Jefferson
    9. Holmes (never a favourite of mine, but he was certainly clutch)
    10. Burress

    I'd give an honorable mention to Randle El, but I think his skills went outside the receiving role.
  21. Wardismvp

    Wardismvp Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2011
    He was dynamite, it is a shame the Steeler organization never gave him his due.
    He was my favorite Steeler until the Dynasty years. He and Andy Russel played on some
    putrid teams.
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  22. Wardismvp

    Wardismvp Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2011
    Oh my, you must be a young fellow. AB was great but Stallworth and Swann were the best.
  23. JAD

    JAD Well-Known Member

    Jan 2, 2012
    Two different era of football, AB and Ward had tons of passes thrown their ways, Stallworth and Swan era they threw around 20 to 27 times a game, now it's nothing to throw 30 to 40 times a game. Overall I believe Stallworth and Swan had the same number of passes as the rest they would not even be a question. I do know that during Bradshaw ere if they needed a 1st down it more then likely going toward Stallworth and he was unstoppable most of the time especially on comeback routes along the sidelines. One of the greatest receivers of all time.
  24. SteelinOhio


    Oct 16, 2011
    What, no Limas Sweed? How did he get DROPPED from the list?
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  25. Formerscribe

    Formerscribe Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2016
    I'm old enough to remember all of them. I'm as big of a Stallworth fan as there is, but to suggest that Brown wasn't at least in that class shows your own bias as much as you think he is showing his.

    Regarding Swann, Brown was better. It's not close. Both could make the spectacular grab. Both were tough enough to go over the middle despite their size. Both made great plays after the catch. Brown just did it a hell of a lot more often and when he was at his best, he did it without another Hall of Fame receiver opposite him.

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