College: Mississippi Valley State
The G.O.A.T. by anyone’s measure, Rice holds almost every major receiving record by leaps and bounds (1,549 receptions, 274 consecutive games with a reception, 197 career touchdowns). Rice was a no-doubt first-ballot Hall of Fame induction in 2010.
In his fourth season with the Cowboys, Austin came out of nowhere to lead the NFC with 1,320 receiving yards, along with 11 scores and a Pro Bowl selection. He also stole Roy Williams’ job and ended up dating Kim Kardashian.
College: Mount Union
One of Peyton Manning’s favorite new targets caught 11 passes in the AFC Championship game and scored a TD in the Colts’ Super Bowl loss. He is hoping to be a big-play threat opposite Reggie Wayne in the pass-happy Colts offense.
College: Central Florida
Marshall had over 100 catches each of the last three seasons, all for the Denver Broncos even when he wasn’t too keen on playing for them. This season, he’ll try to keep the streak going in his first year in a new setting with the Miami Dolphins.
College: Western Michigan
What he lacks in size (5-11, 198 pounds) he makes up with his effort. Jennings has made both Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre look good by averaging nearly 1,000 receiving yards in the first four years of his career.
Sure, he would have been a big name at Notre Dame or Florida St., but Moss ended up at Marshall and still was a Heisman finalist. In his 12 NFL seasons, only twice has Moss earned less than 1,000 yards receiving, and he has compiled 148 receiving touchdowns.
Ever heard of this guy? Say what you want about T.O., but through 14 seasons and four teams, he has averaged 14.9 yards per catch to go along with 144 scores. In 2010 he takes his act to Cincinnati alongside Chad Ochocino. Get your popcorn and your Twitter ready.
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