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Which UW receivers have the most yards in the NFL?

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With at least one and perhaps several of our elite crew of pass-catchers set to depart UW for the pros after this season, we can look forward to seeing how they’ll perform at the next level. If you already did our quiz for Most NFL Receptions by a UW Player, you’ll know that UW receivers haven’t exactly had the world’s most illustrious history. with the #1 player having only 264 career receptions, and he wasn’t even a wide receiver! If you took that player and put them on Seattle Seahawks for their entire career, they’d only have the 10th-most receptions in the history of that franchise.

But what about total receiving yardage? Any better?

Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, not exactly.

Let me put it this way: Exactly 20 UW players have clocked 1,000 receiving yards or more in their NFL careers. Since we did top 30 last time, I’m doing top 30 this time, and yes, David Kopay is on this list too at #28.

You do see WRs featured more prominently on this list than on the list for total receptions, and for the sake of ease I included not only each player’s years playing in the NFL but also their primary position. We have had a lot of good tight ends at UW. Nobody in that Ozzie Newsome, Kellen Winslow, Tony Gonzalez kind of level, but solid guys with 6, 8, 10, 12-year NFL careers.

Hop on over to Sporcle and take the quiz, and remember that you need first name and last name! Let us know how you do in the comments!

https://www.sporcle.com/games/JasonNelsonUWDP/most-nfl-receiving-yards-by-a-uw-player-1

Non-Sequitur Story Time About UW Football: Alas, I only have a few more little stories to share about UW players. However, one of them is relevant when you’re thinking about the different levels of football, like the college vs. the NFL, or high school vs. college.

I had a friend in high school named Tim Esary, who was the AA state Defensive Player of the Year in 1985 as a LB/DE at Mount Vernon High School. He signed with UW out of high school and played a few years, though he never quite reached the heights he did in high school. He did have some fun stories to tell after coming back from the Sun Bowl that year, where we got blasted by Alabama. He was most impressed by Cornelius Bennett, and I can still see him in my mind’s eye shaking his head and saying “That guy is so f***king good!” Here was a guy who played the same position at a very high level, but who had nothing but mad respect for someone who was another level beyond that. Funny story, Tim also was kind of a dead ringer for his teammate, LB Steve Roberts, both with an awesome 80s moustache. Weird that they looked so much alike.