Two other active players have gained 1,000 yards with four different quarterbacks. For the remainder of this post, I’ll be defining a receiver’s “quarterback” as the quarterback on his team each season who threw for the most passing yards. One of them is pretty obvious: the annually great Tony Gonzalez hit the 1,000-yard mark with Elvis Grbac, Trent Green, Damon Huard, and Tyler Thigpen (but not Matt Ryan). The third player might be a bit more difficult to guess:
Of course, my definition of the word “active” was rather exclusive. Randy Moss and Cris Carter are tied for the lead for most quarterbacks (6), but Moss is not yet retired: he’s just a player without a team. The table below shows all receivers to hit the 1,000-yard mark in NFL history with at least three different quarterbacks. I’ve listed the quarterbacks in chronological order, which also means some quarterbacks (like Jake Delhomme for Steve Smith) are listed twice.
Carter gained 1,000 yards in eight straight seasons with six different quarterbacks, starting with the famous 1993 Minnesota Vikings. Thirty-two different receivers have hit the 1,000-yard mark with three quarterbacks, including the greatest of all time. Doug’s main man had 1,000-yard seasons with five different quarterbacks, and three of those years came during Joey Galloway’s age 34, 35, and 36 seasons. Larry Fitzgerald should increase his number to four this year if he has that bounce-back season with Carson Palmer, while Anquan Boldin can match that number if he has a big year with Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco. As for Marshall, he probably hopes to stay on four for a long time.