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3 Greatest Wide Receivers in Cowboys History

Jason Schandl
The greatest wide receivers in Dallas Cowboys history, including Dez Bryant.
The greatest wide receivers in Dallas Cowboys history, including Dez Bryant. / Tom Pennington/Getty Images
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The Dallas Cowboys are one of the most storied franchises in all of sports, and for good reason. The team has found huge amounts of success, with some all-time greats suiting up at many different positions.

With that in mind, here are the greatest wide receivers in Cowboys history.

Best Dallas Cowboys Wide Receivers of All Time

3. Terrell Owens (2006-2008)

Terrell Owens is one of the greatest wide receivers in Cowboys history.
Terrell Owens is one of the greatest wide receivers in Cowboys history. / Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Once a Cowboys nemesis, Terrell Owens quickly put that behind him in Dallas. He played just three seasons with the team, but his impact was undeniable. He caught 235 passes for 3,587 yards and 38 touchdowns in those 47 games, earning first-team All-Pro honors in 2007. Owens put together three straight years with at least 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns across all three of his campaigns in Dallas.

2. Dez Bryant (2010-2017)

Dez Bryant is one of the best WRs in Dallas Cowboys history.
Dez Bryant is one of the best WRs in Dallas Cowboys history. / Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Dez Bryant played his entire eight-year career in Dallas, as an Achilles injury has kept him out of action since he left after the 2017 season, stopping a potential 2018 comeback with the New Orleans Saints. Dez was one of the most dangerous red zone threats in the league for much of his career, scoring 73 touchdowns. That included a ridiculous stretch from 2012 to 2014 in which he caught 12, 13 and 16 scores, eclipsing 1,200 yards each year. The 2014 All-Pro holds the Cowboys franchise record for receiving touchdowns (73).

1. Michael Irvin (1988-1999)

Michael Irvin is the greatest wide receiver in Cowboys history.
Michael Irvin is the greatest wide receiver in Cowboys history. / Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Michael Irvin is No. 2 on the Cowboys all-time receiving yards list, trailing only future Hall-of-Fame tight end Jason Witten. That said, his 11,904 yards would be a record for a ton of franchises, and he reached that mark in just 159 games (compared to 255 for Witten). A three-time Super Bowl champ, Irvin led the Cowboys in receiving for eight consecutive seasons from 1991 to 1998. That included five straight 1,200-yard seasons from '91 to '95, with at least 1,500 in two of the five. Irvin was named to the Pro Football Hall of fame in 2007.


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