3 Best NFL Wide Receivers to Ever Come Out of Auburn

Jason Schandl
The greatest NFL wide receivers to ever come out of Auburn, including Frank Sanders.
The greatest NFL wide receivers to ever come out of Auburn, including Frank Sanders. / Stephen Dunn/Getty Images
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The Auburn Tigers are one of the 20 winningest programs in college football history, and you don't have that kind of success at the NCAA level without churning out some NFL-caliber talent as well.

Here are the three greatest NFL wide receivers to ever come out of Auburn.

3. Byron Franklin

No. 3 is easily the most wide-open spot on this list, with a steep drop-off after the top two. With Byron Franklin, we're looking at a high peak rather than impressive longevity. He played just six NFL seasons, failing to record even 150 yards in three of the six. He only started 16 games in a season once, racking up 69 receptions and 862 yards in 1984. That's the ninth-most receiving yards in a season for an Auburn grad, the eighth-most for wide receivers on the list, and the most for a wide receiver if we're just looking at players who didn't crack the top two on this list.

2. Frank Sanders

Auburn players have only recorded a total of four 1,000-yard receiving seasons in the NFL. Two of the four belong to Frank Sanders, whose name shows up five times in the top 10 receiving seasons from Tigers at the NFL level. He's the all-time leader in both receptions (507) and receiving yards (6,749) among Auburn alumni.

1. Jim Phillips

Sanders got it done with volume, but "Red" Phillips' efficiency and scoring give him the edge. He's not far behind Sanders in total yards (6,044), and he hit that mark on 401 receptions, while also beating Sanders in touchdowns (34 to 24). Phillips leads all Auburn players in yards per game, with 50.8, and was a first-team All-Pro in 1961.


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