4. Paul Warfield
The Ohio State football team has produced a lot of great receivers over the years. Paul Warfield was one of the first elite guys that they produced. Warfield started out at Ohio State by winning a national championship and being a First-team All-American before being a first-round pick.
Warfield was taken by the Cleveland Browns to play receiver after playing both receiver and defensive back with the Buckeyes. He won an NFL Championship with the Browns in 1964 and made his first Pro Bowl that year. In all, Warfield would go on to make eight Pro Bowls in his career.
Warfield also led the league in receiving with two different franchises, first with the Browns and then with the Dolphins. He was also a three-time Second-team All-Pro recipient and also made First-team All-Pro twice. Warfield was also a member of the NFL’s 1970s All-Decade Team and their 100th Anniversary All-Time Team.
Because it was so early in the league’s history, Wafield gets overlooked often when talking about receiving greats in NFL history. He caught 85 touchdowns in his career and is in the Hall of Fame. He was a part of that famous 1972 Dolphins team that went undefeated and he’s got two Super Bowl wins.
Warfield accomplished a lot back in his day. I wonder how well he would do if he played in today’s game with how skewed the rules are toward the offense. My hunch is he would be as dominant as he was back in the ’60s and ’70s.
The next player on our list has his name up in the stadium at Ohio State so you know he was a great college player. Turns out he was pretty good in the NFL too.