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3 Greatest Wide Receivers in Steelers History

By michael obermuller
The greatest wide receivers in Steelers history, including Hines Ward.
The greatest wide receivers in Steelers history, including Hines Ward. / Sean Brady/Getty Images
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have become known for drafting and producing star wide receivers, especially in recent years. Players like JuJu Smith-Schuster, Emmanuel Sanders, Mike Wallace, Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress have all had or continue to have positive careers that began in black and yellow.

With that in mind, these three wide receivers stand out as the greatest in franchise history.

Best Steelers Wide Receivers of All Time

3. John Stallworth (1974-1987)

John Stallworth is one of the greatest wide receivers in Steelers history.
John Stallworth is one of the greatest wide receivers in Steelers history. / Rob Brown/Getty Images

A career Steeler, John Stallworth quickly became a legend of the franchise as he helped them win four Super Bowls. He had 8.723 yards receiving with 63 touchdowns and 52.9 yards per game across 14 seasons in Pittsburgh. The three-time Pro Bowler was First-Team All-Pro once and a member of the Steelers All-Time Team. He is now a Pro Football Hall of Famer.

2. Antonio Brown (2010-2018)

AB84 will unfortunately be remembered for more than just his incredible NFL career.
AB84 will unfortunately be remembered for more than just his incredible NFL career. / Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

The always-exciting Antonio Brown is no stranger to making headlines on and off the field. His career has gone off the rails a bit since leaving Pittsburgh, but in his prime there is no question that AB was one of the best to ever play the game. As a Steeler he totaled 11,207 yards with 86.2 yards per game and 74 receiving TD's. Brown's route running was often lauded by analysts, and he was awarded with seven Pro Bowls, four First-Team All-Pro honors, two single season receiving titles, two receptions titles and one touchdown leader title. Now a member of the 2010's NFL All-Decade Team, AB's falling out with the Steelers organization will probably cost him a spot in their ring of honor.

1. Hines Ward (1998-2011)

Hines Ward in Super Bowl XLV.
Hines Ward in Super Bowl XLV. / Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh franchise leader in receiving yards is Hines Ward, with 12,083. He also had 85 receiving touchdowns and a catch percentage of 64.2. Not only was Ward a top regular season performer, he was clutch during his two Super Bowl wins, even taking home Super Bowl MVP in his first. His personal achievements pale in comparison to someone like AB, but Ward's game was consistency over flashy play. He was a Second-Team All-Pro three times, and is a member of the Steelers All-Time Team.


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