There were three very prominent wide receivers nearing the end of their illustrious careers when Roddy was drafted in 2005. Now that is not to say that they had down years or were any less elite, but their productions at this point started to slip a bit. However, they were still among the upper echelon of NFL wide receivers.
1. Randy Moss – Randy is considered by some to be the greatest wide receiver to ever play the game. While that notion is highly debatable, what is not is that Randy is among the top two wide receivers to ever play the game of football.
Randy was taken 21st overall in the 1998 draft. He spent the next 15 years making teams wish they had drafted him higher. As we all know, 2007 was Randy’s first year in New England and arguably the best season he had as a professional when he caught 98 passes for 1493 yards and 23 touchdowns. He helped the Patriots go undefeated, before losing to the Giants in the Super Bowl.
2. Hines Ward – Hines is a name known well in the state of Georgia. A local product who would go on to star at the University of Georgia before also being drafted in 1998 by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Hines would help the Steelers win Super Bowl’s XL and XLIII while being named the MVP of Super Bowl XL. The best year Hines experienced during Roddy’s time in the NFL, would have been 2009, when he caught 95 passes for 1167 yards and 6 touchdowns. Hines would retire in 2011.
3. Terrell Owens – T.O. tends to be a bad word around Atlanta this time of year as star wide receiver Julio Jones has started working out with and being mentored by T.O. However, during T.O.’s NFL career, he was one of the best to ever suit up. If Jerry Rice and Randy Moss are 1 & 2 on the list of the greatest WR’s to ever play, T.O. is number three.
While there are many negatives to discuss when talking about Owens, what is not up for debate is the player he was on Sunday’s; T.O. showed up every week and left it all on the field. During the Eagles 2004 run to the Super Bowl, Owens would break his leg seven weeks prior and would rush back to help the Eagles on the field in one of the gutsiest performances we will ever see.