No college football program has produced better pairs of receivers than Miami football. The top three tandems in NFL history in receiving yardage from college teammates who were selected in the same NFL draft all originate from the Hurricanes.
In a tweet sent out by NFL Research former Miami football teammates Reggie Wayne and Santana Moss top the list of college football teammates selected in the same NFL Draft with 24,628 NFL receiving yards, Michael Irvin and Brian Blades are second at 19,524 and Irvin and Brett Perriman are third with 18,493.
Wayne holds the Miami Hurricanes records in the NFL for most receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. He finished his pro career with 1,070 receptions for 14,345 yards and 82 touchdowns.
Wayne also tops the Miami career reception list with 173 in his four years in Coral Gables. Irvin has the school career touchdown record with 26 and Moss the school receiving yardage record with 2,547. That was just 37 more than Wayne finished with in college.
Wayne will be Hall of Fame eligible later this year. Wayne’s former Miami teammate Ed Reed will be inducted this summer. Reed’s former Ravens teammate and Miami Hurricanes great Ray Lewis was inducted in 2018.
— John Michaels (@JohnMichaels929) March 29, 2019
Irvin was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007. He finished his NFL career with 750 receptions, 11,904 yards and 65 touchdowns. Irvin’s induction was as much, if not more so his contributions to three Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl-winning teams in the 1990s than his overall numbers.
Moss finished his career with similar numbers to Irvin but in a more prolific passing era. The former New York Jets and Washington Redskins receiver finished his NFL career with 732 receptions for 10,283 yards and 66 touchdowns. He’s a longshot for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Blades had 581 receptions for 7,620 yards and 34 touchdowns in 11 NFL seasons, all with the Seattle Seahawks. Perriman had 525 receptions for 6,589 yards and 30 touchdowns in ten years in the NFL.
Perriman was exceptional in 1995 and ’96. He combined for 202 receptions for 2,509 yards and 14 touchdowns. Those numbers were eye popping in what was the beginning of the prolific era of teams throwing the football.
Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh of Oregon State were fourth on the list with 18,296 combined receiving yards in their careers. Hall of Famer Jerry Rice would be second on the list all by himself. Rice finished his NFL career with league records of 22,895 yards receiving, 1,549 receptions and 197 receiving TDs.