The Oldest NFL Receivers To Reach Significant Milestones

When looking at football statistics, there are several milestones that mean something to both football fans and football players. For receivers, those numbers are 1,000 yard seasons and 100 yard games. Who are the oldest NFL receivers to achieve those milestones?

-The oldest receiver to amass 100 yards receiving in a game is Jerry Rice who at the age of 42 in 2004 caught 8 receptions for 145 yards while playing for the Seattle Seahawks in a loss against the Dallas Cowboys. In fact, when ranking the oldest receiver to have a 100 yard game, Jerry Rice holds the first ten positions on the list as he had one 100 yard game as a 42 year old, one as a 41 year old, and five as a 40 year old, and three as a 39 year old. At number 11 on the list is Charlie Joiner who at the age of 38 had a 100 yard game for the San Diego Chargers.

-Jerry Rice is also the oldest player to put together a 1,000 yard season as he did so at the age of 40 while playing for the Oakland Raiders in 2002. In second place is also Jerry Rice, who had a 1,000 yard season at the age of 39 in 2001 while playing for Oakland. Third on the list is Joey Galloway who had a 1,000 yard season at the age of 36 while with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2007.


  1. Jason says:

    Great facts! Actually I have to point out a slight error. It says Joey Galloway is the 3rd oldest to achieve 1,000 yards. Actually Jerry Rice in 1998 reached 1,000 yards at 36 years and 68 days old. Galloway was 36 years and 33 days old when he reached 1,000 during 2007.

  2. Mark says:

    Jason, you are right… Joey Galloway is the second player to accomplish the feat. But he is in third place on the list because Jerry Rice did it twice, once at the age of 39 (1139 yards in 2001) and once at the age of 40 (1211 yards in 2002).

    Thanks for the comment and thanks for keeping IQFB on its toes!

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