This is a list of National Football League players who have led the regular season in receptions each year.

Receptions leaders

As per The Football Database.[1]

Key
^ Pro Football Hall of Fame member
* The player is an active player
(#) Denotes the number of times a player appears in this list

Through 2021 season

Set record*
Year Player Receptions Team
1932 Ray Flaherty^ 21* New York Giants
1933 Shipwreck Kelly 34* Brooklyn Dodgers
1934 Joe Carter 16 Philadelphia Eagles
Red Badgro^ New York Giants
1935 Tod Goodwin 26 New York Giants
1936 Don Hutson^ 34 Green Bay Packers
1937 Don Hutson^ (2) 41* Green Bay Packers
1938 Gaynell Tinsley 41 Arizona Cardinals
1939 Don Hutson^ (3) 34 Green Bay Packers
1940 Don Looney 58* Philadelphia Eagles
1941 Don Hutson^ (4) 58 Green Bay Packers
1942 Don Hutson^ (5) 74* Green Bay Packers
1943 Don Hutson^ (6) 47 Green Bay Packers
1944 Don Hutson^ (7) 58 Green Bay Packers
1945 Don Hutson^ (8) 47 Green Bay Packers
1946 Jim Benton 63 Los Angeles Rams
1947 Mac Speedie^ 67 Cleveland Browns
1948 Mac Speedie^ (2) 58 Cleveland Browns
1949 Tom Fears^ 77* Los Angeles Rams
1950 Tom Fears^ (2) 84* Los Angeles Rams
1951 Elroy Hirsch^ 66 Los Angeles Rams
1952 Mac Speedie^ (3) 62 Cleveland Browns
1953 Pete Pihos^ 63 Philadelphia Eagles
1954 Pete Pihos^ (2) 60 Philadelphia Eagles
Billy Wilson San Francisco 49ers
1955 Pete Pihos^ (3) 62 Philadelphia Eagles
1956 Billy Wilson (2) 60 San Francisco 49ers
1957 Billy Wilson (3) 52 San Francisco 49ers
1958 Pete Retzlaff 56 Philadelphia Eagles
Raymond Berry^ Baltimore Colts
1959 Raymond Berry^ (2) 66 Baltimore Colts
1960 Raymond Berry^ (3) 74 Baltimore Colts
1961 Jim Phillips 78 Los Angeles Rams
1962 Bobby Mitchell^ 72 Washington Redskins
1963 Bobby Joe Conrad 73 St. Louis Cardinals
1964 Johnny Morris 93* Chicago Bears
1965 Dave Parks 80 San Francisco 49ers
1966 Charley Taylor^ 70 Washington Redskins
1967 Charley Taylor^ (2) 70 Washington Redskins
1968 Clifton McNeil 71 San Francisco 49ers
1969 Danny Abramowicz 73 New Orleans Saints
1970 Dick Gordon 71 Chicago Bears
1971 Fred Biletnikoff^ 61 Oakland Raiders
1972 Harold Jackson 62 Philadelphia Eagles
1973 Harold Carmichael^ 67 Philadelphia Eagles
1974 Lydell Mitchell 72 Baltimore Colts
1975 Chuck Foreman 73 Minnesota Vikings
1976 MacArthur Lane 66 Kansas City Chiefs
1977 Lydell Mitchell (2) 71 Baltimore Colts
1978 Rickey Young 88 Minnesota Vikings
1979 Joe Washington 82 Baltimore Colts
1980 Kellen Winslow^ 89 San Diego Chargers
1981 Kellen Winslow^ (2) 88 San Diego Chargers
1982 Dwight Clark 60 San Francisco 49ers
1983 Todd Christensen 92 Los Angeles Raiders
1984 Art Monk^ 106* Washington Redskins
1985 Roger Craig 92 San Francisco 49ers
1986 Todd Christensen (2) 95 Los Angeles Raiders
1987 J.T. Smith 91 St. Louis Cardinals
1988 Al Toon 93 New York Jets
1989 Sterling Sharpe 90 Green Bay Packers
1990 Jerry Rice^ 100 San Francisco 49ers
1991 Haywood Jeffires 100 Houston Oilers
1992 Sterling Sharpe (2) 108* Green Bay Packers
1993 Sterling Sharpe (3) 112* Green Bay Packers
1994 Cris Carter^ 122* Minnesota Vikings
1995 Herman Moore 123* Detroit Lions
1996 Jerry Rice^ (2) 108 San Francisco 49ers
1997 Herman Moore (2) 104 Detroit Lions
Tim Brown^ Oakland Raiders
1998 O.J. McDuffie 90 Miami Dolphins
1999 Jimmy Smith 116 Jacksonville Jaguars
2000 Marvin Harrison^ 102 Indianapolis Colts
Muhsin Muhammad Carolina Panthers
2001 Rod Smith 113 Denver Broncos
2002 Marvin Harrison^ (2) 143* Indianapolis Colts
2003 Torry Holt 117 St. Louis Rams
2004 Tony Gonzalez^ 102 Kansas City Chiefs
2005 Steve Smith, Sr. 103 Carolina Panthers
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals
2006 Andre Johnson 103 Houston Texans
2007 Wes Welker 112 New England Patriots
T.J. Houshmandzadeh Cincinnati Bengals
2008 Andre Johnson (2) 115 Houston Texans
2009 Wes Welker (2) 123 New England Patriots
2010 Roddy White 115 Atlanta Falcons
2011 Wes Welker (3) 122 New England Patriots
2012 Calvin Johnson^ 122 Detroit Lions
2013 Pierre Garçon 113 Washington Redskins
2014 Antonio Brown* 129 Pittsburgh Steelers
2015 Julio Jones* 136 Atlanta Falcons
Antonio Brown* (2) Pittsburgh Steelers
2016 Larry Fitzgerald[2] (2) 107 Arizona Cardinals
2017 Jarvis Landry* 112 Miami Dolphins
2018 Michael Thomas, Jr.* 125 New Orleans Saints
2019 Michael Thomas, Jr.* (2) 149* New Orleans Saints
2020 Stefon Diggs* 127 Buffalo Bills
2021 Cooper Kupp* 145 Los Angeles Rams

AFL reception leaders

List of AFL receptions leaders by season
Season Winner Team Receptions Games Ref(s)
1960 Lionel Taylor Denver Broncos 92 12 [3]
1961 Lionel Taylor (2) Denver Broncos 100 14 [3]
1962 Lionel Taylor (3) Denver Broncos 77 14 [3]
1963 Lionel Taylor (4) Denver Broncos 78 14 [3]
1964 Charlie Hennigan Houston Oilers 101 14 [4]
1965 Lionel Taylor (5) Denver Broncos 85 14 [3]
1966 Lance Alworth^ San Diego Chargers 73 13 [5]
1967 George Sauer Jr. New York Jets 74 14 [6]
1968 Lance Alworth^ (2) San Diego Chargers 68 14 [5]
1969 Lance Alworth^ (3) San Diego Chargers 64 14 [5]

See also

References

  1. ^ "NFL Yearly Leaders – Receptions". footballdb.com. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  2. ^ Beacham, Greg (January 1, 2017). "Palmer, Fitzgerald lead Cardinals' 44-6 rout of LA Rams". The Washington Times. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Lionel Taylor NFL & AFL Football Statistics". Retrieved February 28, 2021.
  4. ^ "Charlie Hennigan NFL & AFL Football Statistics". Retrieved February 28, 2021.
  5. ^ a b c "Lance Alworth NFL & AFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 28, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "George Sauer Jr NFL & AFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 28, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)