Greatest WR Tournament – Championship – Ward vs. Stallworth

Why these two wide receivers were selected for the tournament:

#1 Hines Ward

  • 4× Pro Bowl (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
  • 3× Second-Team All-Pro (2002, 2003, 2004)
  • 2× Super Bowl Champion (XL, XLIII)
  • Super Bowl MVP (XL)
  • 3× Pittsburgh Steelers Team MVP (2002, 2004, 2005)
  • 3× AFC Champion (2005, 2008, 2010)
  • 10,000 Receiving Yards Club
  • 2012 Pittsburgh Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Leader (Receiving Touchdowns, Receptions, and Receiving Yards)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Team
  • Pittsburgh Steelers #86 no longer issued
  • Ranked 10th all-time in receptions (1,000)

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Ward in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft, and he became the team’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yardage and touchdown receptions. Ward was voted MVP of Super Bowl XL, and upon retirement was one of only eight NFL players to have 1,000 or more career receptions.

#2 John Stallworth

  • 4× AFC Champion (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979)
  • 3× Pro Bowl selection (1979, 1982, 1984)
  • AP First-Team All-Pro selection (1979)
  • 4× Super Bowl champion (IX, X, XIII, XIV)
  • PFW NFL Comeback Player of the Year (1984)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers 50th season All-Time Team
  • Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Team
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee (2002)
  • 2012 Pittsburgh Pro Football Hall of Fame

Stallworth played in six AFC championships, and went to four Super Bowls. His career statistics included 537 receptions for 8,723 yards and 63 TDs. His receptions were a franchise record until that record was surpassed by Hines Ward in 2005. Stallworth played in three Pro Bowls and was the Steelers’ two-time MVP. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

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