10 Greatest QB-WR Duo's in NFL History
1. Joe Montana and Jerry Rice
The San Francisco 49ers won 4 Super Bowl rings with Joe Montana under center. His top target over the years was none other than Jerry Rice - the NFL's all-time leading pass catcher. Rice is considered by many to be the top WR in the NFL history. Montana the greatest quarterback.
2. Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison
Quite simply put, when Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison were in a rhythm it was impossible to defend. Manning to Harrison frustrated defenses for years in Indianapolis. They won a Super Bowl together and made it to another Super Bowl. The Colts offense was tough to stop because defenses couldn't double-team Harrison due to Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark deserving attention.
3.Tom Brady and Randy Moss
After Randy Moss wore his welcome out in Minnesota, the New England Patriots picked him up. Even though Moss has major character flaws, it turned out to be a great move. Brady to Moss was virtually unstoppable. Together, they pulled off an unbeaten season in 2007, but were ousted by the pesky New York Giants in the Super Bowl.
4.Tom Brady and Wes Welker
Randy Moss wasn't the only top target to pair up with the great Tom Brady. Wes Welker - he of Texas Tech Red Raider fame - has been one of the most consistent WR's in the NFL the past decade. Now that Welker is paired up with Peyton Manning, nothing has changed. He's tough to defend and has sure hands. Well, except for his crucial drop in the Super Bowl in 2012.
5. Dan Marino and Mark Clayton
If you're of the belief that Dan Marino didn't have great targets, you're dead wrong. Marino's top target was Mark Clayton, but he also had Mark Duper. Clayton was the best of the two. He caught 550 passes with the Miami Dolphins from 1983-1992. Dan Marino retired as the NFL's all-time leading passer.
6.Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne
It wasn't just Marvin Harrison and Dallas Clark making all the big catches from Peyton Manning. Reggie Wayne was a dynamic wide receiver as well. Much like Harrison, it was difficult to defend Wayne because defenses were unable to focus much attention on just one receiver.
7.Kurt Warner and Isaac Bruce
When Kurt Warner got bored of sacking groceries in Iowa and tearing up the Arena Football League, he brought his talents to the NFL in 1999. When Trent Green went down with injury, Warner filled in quite well. He became an NFL MVP and teamed up with Isaac Bruce, Tory Holt, and Marshall Faulk for 3 magical seasons from 1999 to 2001. Bruce was the best receiver and Warner's favorite target.
8.Johnny Unitas and Raymond Berry
Most of us are too young to remember this dynamic duo. But we have all heard stories about this legendary combination. Raymond Berry had 9,275 receiving yards in his NFL career, most of which were from Johnny Unitas. This was the greatest QB-WR duo in the early days of the NFL.
9.Steve Young and Jerry Rice
Although most link Jerry Rice to Joe Montana, he also had some banner years with Steve Young in San Francisco after Montana got injured and then left for Kansas City. Young guided San Francisco to the franchise's 5th Super Bowl title in 1994. Like Montana, Young's favorite target was Jerry Rice.
10.Brett Favre and Donald Driver
Brett Favre is the lone quarterback on this list that wasn't blessed to have a bunch of legendary wide receivers. Sterling Sharpe may have been the most talented he ever paired up with, but Donald Driver was his main target due to Sharpe having a short career thanks to an injury.