Best Tight Ends in NFL History

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The Top Ten

1 Tony Gonzalez Tony Gonzalez Anthony David Gonzalez is a former American football tight end who played 17 seasons in the National Football League.

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

I have him on my ultimate team and is still a beast to this day

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2 Rob Gronkowski Rob Gronkowski Robert Paxton Gronkowski, nicknamed "Gronk," is an American football tight end for the New England Patriots of the National Football League.

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

Gronkowski is good but u guys are putting him before legends better than him he's good but not top 3 and I know these aren't accurate becue marshawn was in 28th place for top running backs that way to far back on the list for him he's a beast soon to be an Earl Campbell to be honest

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

You can't stop this man he will out run you out mussel you and out jump you he is unstopped.

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3 Shannon Sharpe

Hall of Fame Class of 2011

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

The defense could light you up back then. Gronkowski is not even Top 5. Shannon Sharpe is the GOAT. Also, listen to his HOF speech. Greatest speech ever.

Unlike Gronk who plays in today's game, SS went over the middle knowing full well defenders wanted to take his head off!

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4 Kellen Winslow

Kellen Winslow sr is the best tight end of all time at ACTUALLY PLAYING THE POSITION. He had a shorter career than the stats guys with 2 strike shortened seasons as well. His stats were also deflated by having to "share" the ball with Charlie Joiner and John Jefferson/Wes Chsndler. Winslow had speed, size, great hands lmp, and was the best route runner of any tight end ever. The best tight end of all time at ACTUALLY PLAYING THE POSITION is Kellen Winslow sr.

Chargers get no love but he's the best

5 Antonio Gates Antonio Gates Antonio Ethan Gates, Jr. is an American football tight end for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League.

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.

He should be higher up 5 or even 4 and I hate the chargers

In no particular order, Gronk, Gonzalez, Gates.

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6 Mike Ditka Mike 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

First learn how to write a comment...you old senile bastard!

He should be top 3

He made tight ends be recievers how is he not ranked higher?

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7 Jason Witten Jason Witten Christopher Jason Witten (born May 6, 1982) is a former American football tight end and current color analyst for ESPN's Monday Night Football. He played 15 seasons for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Tennessee, and was drafted ...read more.

I'm a diehard Eagles fan, and I absolutely LOATHE the Cowboys. But I have always respected Jason Witten. The man is one of the toughest and most durable players that I have ever seen in my life, and watching him tear apart my Eagles for 15 years was very frustrating. There are always individual players that you appreciate on the teams you hate. Witten was that guy on the Cowboys. A great player and a rare class act for an organization filled with degenerates and arrogant loud-mouths. He always torched us and made us pissed off with how he always caught crucial third down passes and touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but he earned our respect as a phenomenal football player. I hope to see you one day enshrined in Canton, Jason. Fantastic career and a fantastic human being. - phillysports

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

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

I'm a huge fan and he is truly missed on the team. I respect this man so much. Best tight end ever. No one can take your place. Thanks Witten. Go Cowboys

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8 Ozzie Newsome
9 John Mackey John Mackey John Mackey was an American football tight end who played for the Baltimore Colts and the San Diego Chargers.

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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10 Dave Casper

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

Ghost to the Post!

He was the best

Best Clutch Tide end!
Period

The Contenders

11 Jimmy Graham Jimmy Graham Jimmy Graham is an American football tight end for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League.

Jimmy graham might be the best tight end in football now he a really good wide receiver who's big enough to play the tight end position

He's so good once he gets used to the Seahawks the offense on Seahawks are gonna be a power house

Graham should at least be in the top 5, if not the top 10. He's definitely the best tight end in football right now. Definitely not the best ever though.

He finally has chemistry with Russell Wilson and is looking lok his old self soon he will challenge rob gronkowski for the best tight in the NFL

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12 Mark Bavaro

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

Lol! But did happen in regular season vs 49ers

Best all around tight end who played in the NFL, not to be confused with the new NFL, which should go ahead and rename itself the TFL (Tag Football League)!

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

13 Charlie Sanders

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

Rob Gronkowski would have never gotten up if he took some of the hits that Charlie Sanders did back when football was played by men not the game it's become now. One hit like Charlie took in the end zone from Butkus and Gronk would have been done. And Gronkowski's best catch ever isn't even in the top 10 of Charlie's! too bad young people didn't watch football back when it was really football. Just like Brady would have lasted three plays if he got hit the way Johnny Unitas the greatest quarterback who ever lived got hit every single game!

14 Jay Novacek
15 Todd Christensen

Bad to the bone

Todd is a Hall of Fame candidate as he was one of three tight ends that were dominant in the 80's
Along with Kellen Winslow and Ozzie Newsome. In a run dominated offense by Hall of Famer Marcus Allen. Yet, with QBs such as Marc Wilson...he was able to be a 2 time All Pro and 5 time Pro Bowler. He was sure handed and got the Raiders out of many a jam. He was a Two Time Superbowl Champion.

16 Vernon Davis Vernon Davis Vernon Leonard Davis is an American football tight end for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League.

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

He is fast. No question.

Fasted of all time!

17 Jeremy Shockey Jeremy Shockey Jeremy Charles Shockey is a former American football tight end. He was drafted by the New York Giants 14th overall in the 2002 NFL Draft.

He was the best with the hits he delivered.

18 Heath Miller Heath Miller Earl Heath Miller, Jr., nicknamed "Big Money," is a former American football tight end who spent his entire career with the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League.

GOD

Under rated

19 Brent Jones

HE SHOULD BE 3

20 Travis Kelce Travis Kelce Travis Michael Kelce is an American football tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League.

Without a doubt the best tight end in football currently.

21 Zach Ertz Zach Ertz Zachary Adam Ertz is an American football tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League.
22 Greg Olsen Greg Olsen Gregory Walter Olsen is an American football tight end for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League.

He is a pivotal part of the Carolina Panthers offense and considering that they went 15-1, he is pretty good. He's also Cam Newton's favorite target so that puts him in a good position.

He is Cam Newton's favorite target in a season in which the Carolina Panthers went 15-1. Show some love!

Number 2 in best tight ends for me

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23 Brent Celek

Sucks all you do is put him up because you are eagles fans is an ok player in the league right now but never on the best ever to play! Why did you even add him to the list? You must be joking!

Yes sir ree bob he can do it

He can do what? Lose his job to Zach Ertz?

Zachary Ertz is better

24 Delanie Walker Delanie Walker Delanie Walker is an American football tight end for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League.
25 Evan Engram
26 Issac Bruce
27 Jordan Reed Jordan Reed Jordan M. Reed is an American football tight end for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League.
28 Wesley Walls
29 Ben Coates

Before Gronk this guy was greatest tight end in Patriots history

30 Sterling Sharpe

This list is a joke!

31 Zeke Mowatt
32 Jackie Smith

Hard as nails

33 Russ Francis

He was know as "all world" in his time! Should be much higher on the list. He was in an age that tight ends were not used as much as the modern era.

34 Owen Daniels Owen Daniels Owen Four Daniels is a former American football tight end. He played college football for the University of Wisconsin, and was drafted by the Houston Texans in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He is a two-time Pro Bowl selection.

He's not that good

35 Alge Crumpler

Great at Atlanta, did okay in Tennessee and New England too.

My top 3
1. Tony Gonzalez
2. Alge Crumpler
3. Jimmy Graham

36 Martellus Bennett Martellus Bennett Martellus Demond Bennett is an American football tight end for the New England Patriots of the National Football League.

Will go down as a top ten chicago bear AND New England Patriot

Can catch 90% of passes thrown to him

37 Larry Donnell Larry Donnell Larry Donnell is an American football tight end for the New York Giants of the National Football League.
38 Frank Wycheck
39 Niles Paul Niles Paul Niles Paul is an American football tight end for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League.
40 Kyle Rudolph Kyle Rudolph Kyle Daniel Rudolph is an American football tight end for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League.

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