Joey Galloway was a top receiver in the NFL as soon as he came into the league. He made an immediate impact as a rookie. He played for six different teams during his NFL career.
Joey Galloway got off to a hot start
The Seattle Seahawks drafted Galloway with the eighth overall pick in the 1995 NFL draft. In his rookie season with the Seahawks, he set franchise season records for a rookie with 67 receptions, 1,067 receiving yards, and three 100-yard games. Galloway also had an impact as a punt returner, returning 36 punts for 360 yards and a touchdown.
Those numbers that Galloway displayed as a rookie was something that Seattle fans did not see often. He immediately became a fan favorite. Even though he had a lot of success as a rookie, he did not receive any postseason awards. Going into his second season, Galloway continued to have success on the field. He led the team in receptions (57), receiving yards (987), and touchdowns (7). Galloway played his first five seasons with the Seahawks and had three seasons where he had more than 1,000 receiving yards.
After having success in Seattle, Galloway was traded to the Dallas Cowboys. Looking to have the same success that he had in Seattle, Galloway was ready to play for his new team. In his first season with the Cowboys, he only played in one game. Galloway tore his ACL in his left knee in the fourth quarter of the season opener of the 2000 season. The next season he made a full recovery finishing second on the team in receptions (72) and receiving yards (699). He led the team in receiving touchdowns with three.
Joey Galloway continued to be a top receiver
Playing for the Cowboys, Galloway continued to be one of the team’s top receivers in his four years playing for the team. He still did not receive any postseason accolades for his performance but continued to rack up a lot of receiving yards for his career. In 2004, Galloway was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
From 2005 to 2007, Galloway finished with over 1,000 receiving yards and 23 receiving touchdowns during those three years. During the 2005 season, his 83 receptions were fifth in team history, and his 1,287 receiving yards were second in team history. He became the first player in franchise history to have three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons. You would think that with the success he achieved in Tampa Bay, he would be recognized by the NFL. But Galloway still never made a Pro Bowl team.
After his time in Tampa Bay, Galloway finished his career playing for the New England Patriots, Pittsburg Steelers, and the Washington Redskins. He finished his career with 701 receptions, 10,950 receiving yards, and 77 receiving touchdowns. His 10,950 receiving yards is currently 37th all-time in NFL history. Though he never received any awards or made a Pro Bowl, he still had a successful season.
Joey Galloway’s career after playing
During Galloway’s playing career, he co-owned the Arena League Football team Columbus Destroyers from 2003 to 2008. In 2012, two years after he last played, he joined ESPN as a college football analyst.
Galloway is the NFL’s career leader in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns among players that weren’t selected to a Pro Bowl. With the numbers he put up during his career, he should have at least made on Pro Bowl.