The 10 biggest parallel receivers in Super Bowl history
Many great wide receivers have appeared on the Super Bowl stage over the decades. In many cases, they appear parallel.
Front LVII Super Cup middle Chief of Kansas City And Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday (6:30 p.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports App), we’re highlighting the best of the bunch.
Here are our top 10 wide-range recordings that appeared during the Super Bowl. This list is in no particular order and is based (subjectively) on aggregate dominance, regular season résumé, Super Bowl performances, and Super Bowl attendance. And tight ends are not included.
Jerry Rice and John Taylor, San Francisco 49ers
Super Bowl games: 1988-89, 1994
Rice, arguably the all-time all-time top scorer, had a reliable No. 2 pick alongside him as Taylor, the two-time professional bowler who had two 1,000-yard runs in two seasons. nine NFL seasons. Together, they helped the 49ers win three Super Bowls — through Bengali (XXIII), country music (XXIV) and Charger (XXIX).
In the Super Bowl win over Cincinnati, Rice made 11 tackles from 215 yards and a touchdown en route to winning the MVP title, while Taylor scored the winning goal. And in their three Super Bowl wins combined, they have 36 touchdowns for 614 yards and nine touchdowns (Rice has no fewer than 148 picks in any competition).
John Stallworth and Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh Steelworker
Super Bowl games: 1974-75, 1978-79 seasons
Stallworth and Swann, both Hall of Fame inductees, were on all four Super Bowl-winning Steelers teams of the 1970s, but they were the frontrunners on the ’75, ’78 and ’79.
The duo didn’t post flashy numbers, with Pittsburgh at the time better known for its “Iron Curtain” defense and its Hall-of-Fame-led run re-run Franco Harris. But Stallworth and Swann still combined to win six Pro Bowls and two All-Pros for the first team in their careers. Between the 1978-79 seasons, they combined to make 213 touchdowns, 3,669 yards and 33 touchdowns.
James Lofton and Andre Reed, buffalo bill
Super Bowl games: 1990-92 seasons
Lofton and Reed, one of the AFC’s most-received pairs in the early 1990s, helped guide the Bills to three of four consecutive Super Bowl appearances.
In 1991, the duo had their best season together, with both going over 1,000 yards receiving the ball and combining to make 18 touchdowns. That season, Buffalo fell Washington D.C during Super Bowl XXVI, 37-24.
Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis University
Super Bowl Appearance: 2006 Season
There are few parallel Super Bowl wide receivers that have more combined talents than Harrison and Wayne, two of the greatest players in Colts history. Harrison was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016, while Wayne – now the Colts coach – was a finalist this year.
In 2006, when the franchise won its only Super Bowl since moving to Indianapolis, both had at least 1,300 yards of receiving the ball. They combined for 181 catches and 21 touchdowns that season, one of eight they’ve experienced with the Colts.
Art Monk and Gary Clark, Commander Washington
Super Bowl games: 1987, ’91 seasons
In eight seasons together, Monk and Clark helped lead Washington to two of five Super Bowl victories – over the Broncos in 1987 (XXII) and over the Bills in 1991 (XXVI). Both had 1,000-yard running seasons in the ’91 championship.
Together, they had four runs of at least 1,000 yards in the same season. Monk is a large recipient (listed at 6 foot-3, 210 pounds), while Clark is a small threat (5 feet-9, 173).
Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, Arizona Cardinals
Super Bowl Appearance: 2008 Season
Fitzgerald and Boldin, both large-bodied receivers, were key weapons in some of the greatest offenses in Cardinals history. During the 2008 season, when Arizona fell to Pittsburgh in its only Super Bowl appearance, the pair combined for 2,469 yards and 23 touchdowns in 185 touchdowns.
Fitzgerald and Boldin, who were enlisted a year apart (Fitzgerald in 2004; Boldin the year before), played six seasons with the Cardinals before Boldin was traded to Ravens in March 2010.
Mark Duper and Mark Clayton, Miami Dolphins
Super Bowl appearance: 1984 season
With Dan Marino in midfield, Duper and Clayton put together impressive numbers during their decade in Miami (1983-92), hitting a combined 17,512 yards in that span. Both had a 1,300-yard season in 1984, when the Dolphins lost to the 49ers in Super Bowl XIX, 38-16.
Randy Moss and Wes Welker, New England Patriots
Super Bowl Appearance: 2007 Season
Moss, one of the best receivers of all time, combined with Welker to give the Patriots one of the deadliest parallel receivers ever. They were teammates for more than three seasons (2007-10).
Moss had 23 touchdowns in 2007, setting an NFL season record. That season, the duo made 210 touches, 2,668 yards and 31 touches. Although the Patriots were annoyed by giant during Super Bowl XLII, Moss and Welker put on great in-game performances. They combined to make 16 contacts for 165 yards and one touchdown.
Terry Holt and Isaac Bruce, St. Louis Rams
Super Bowl appearances: 1999, 2001 seasons
Holt and Bruce, teammates for a decade, were the best wide recordists on the Rams “Greatest Show on Turf”. The duo combined to make 13 catches, get 271 yards and two touchdowns in the previous franchise’s Super Bowl XXXIV win. giant.
However, in the Rams’ 20-17 loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI, they were held to a draw for 105 yards and had no touchdown.
Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, Dancer broncos
Super Bowl appearance: 2013 season
With Peyton Manning in midfield, Thomas and Decker posted the number of games for the 2013 season, combined with 2,718 yards and 25 touchdowns. Unfortunately for the Broncos, they hit a wall in the “Legion of Boom” Seahawks, who held them to 8 points in their massive loss in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Thomas and Decker were teammates for four seasons (2010-13), with Decker becoming his own teammate for the following two seasons as a 1,000-yard record player.
Ben Arthur is the AFC South correspondent for FOX Sports. He previously worked for The Tennessean/USA TODAY Network, where he was a beat writer for Titans for a year and a half. He covered the Seattle Seahawks for SeattlePI.com for three seasons (2018-20) before moving to Tennessee. You can follow Ben on Twitter at @benyarthur.
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