Best Tight Ends in NFL History


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1Tony Gonzalez

Holds all Tight End records. Most career yards, touchdowns, and receptions. Enough said.

He is by far the best Tight End of All-Time. No one can stop him he catches as good as Randy Moss. Runs as good as Darrell Green. He is unstopable.

Yup tony is the best tight end ever year I wish he could stay wit the falcons forever #1 FAN

Didn't even know this was in question...the numbers and records speak for themselves

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2Rob Gronkowski

He is without a doubt among the top three if not the best because he is Tom Brady's favorite target, and he will easily win more super bowls than any other tight end on this list.

Will go down as the best of all time for his overall skill in blocking, catching, speed agility and overall just being a beast

I agree Rob Gronkowski is way better than Antonio Gates he should at least be in 4th or 5th place and I'm only 8

Rob gronkowski is a beast I agree with him being in the top 10 but I think he should be in 5th or 6th

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3Shannon Sharpe

Hall of Fame Class of 2011

The greatest tight end ever he could block and catch - Sportstalk23

Should be number one on the list

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4Kellen Winslow
5Mike Ditka

How can this legend be 4th you young people don't know what your talking about mike should at least be second because tony Gonzales is pretty good point proven sonnies

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6Jason Witten

Best all around player at his position. He's possibly the most reliable player ever in the game. You can always guarantee that he will catch the ball make the block and he has an eye for the open gaps on the field and always finds how to get open. He's the best

Best all around tight end in the last 15 years. Catch, block and play full back. Only missed one game in 12 years.

Best player on plenty of lousy teams. Always reliable, always open, yards after the catch...

Has more yards and receptions than everyone but Tony Gonzalez

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7Antonio Gates

I love my chargers and Antonio Gates what a beast when he came out of the gates. A basketball player turned tight end no one had ever heard of that. I think if antonio gates could stay healthy he would be the best tight end of all time hands down.

He should be higher. He has the second most touchdowns and is amazing.

Can catch and block perfectly No question he should be#1

Antonio gates sucks why is he on the list

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8John Mackey

Mackey should be scond only to Kellen. Look at his stats, year in and year out he was the best. In those days if you did not have injuries you where lucky.

Different era, but this guy was a load. Only one I've seen with running like that is NE's Gronk.

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9Ozzie Newsome
10Dave Casper

"The Ghost" Hands down best nickname for a tight end. And was the Snake's right hand man in Super bowl 11.

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The Newcomers

?Larry Donnell
?Martellus Bennett

Can catch 90% of passes thrown to him

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The Contenders

11Jimmy Graham

The Questions with Graham will be how long can he play and stay healthy and does he keep improving. He was a basketball player who only played 1 year of college football. It took him 1/2 a year to get on the field his first season and he made some great plays. Year 2, he was one of the most dynamic receiving TE's but couldn't block and messed up some routs. Yr 3 he was hurt most of the year but played through it and had a good year. Now in year 4, he appears to be the most unstopable receiving TE in history. He dosn't make rout mistakes anymore and his blocking has improved to mediocre.

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12Mark Bavaro

Probably the toughest tight end. Remember him carrying several defenders into the end zone in the superbowl.

No I don't remember that cause it never happened this guy sucks

13Charlie Sanders

Best hands most difficult catches for tight end... also tremendous ambassador for game

14Jay Novacek
15Vernon Davis

Fastest Tight End In NFL History. Not the best but the fastest no doubt...

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16Brent Jones
17Todd Christensen
18Jeremy Shockey
19Russ Francis
20Brent CelekV2 Comments
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