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Best Tight Ends in NFL History

Updated on March 12, 2016

Skilled Tight Ends

Shannon Sharpe was one of the best tight ends to ever play for the Denver Broncos. He also was a sports commentator for football on television for a long time.
Shannon Sharpe was one of the best tight ends to ever play for the Denver Broncos. He also was a sports commentator for football on television for a long time. | Source
Mike Ditka was a legendary tight end in the National Football League. He lived and bled for his team and gave it everything on the field.
Mike Ditka was a legendary tight end in the National Football League. He lived and bled for his team and gave it everything on the field. | Source
Tony Gonzalez was known for two things. Number 1: YAC. This guy would almost always turn a catch into something more. And number 2: Doing whatever it takes.
Tony Gonzalez was known for two things. Number 1: YAC. This guy would almost always turn a catch into something more. And number 2: Doing whatever it takes. | Source
Tony Gonzales is a legendary tight end who earned record making stats with the K.C. Chiefs.
Tony Gonzales is a legendary tight end who earned record making stats with the K.C. Chiefs. | Source
Ben Coates has had an outstanding career with the New England Patriots. He can catch a ball that seems far out of reach and has done it many times.
Ben Coates has had an outstanding career with the New England Patriots. He can catch a ball that seems far out of reach and has done it many times. | Source

Shannon Sharpe's Skills

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The Best Ends in the End

1. Shannon Sharpe (Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens) He won three Super Bowls and set several tight end records. He has 62 touchdowns, 10,060 receiving yards and an astonishing 815 receptions. Sharpe was an 8 time Pro Bowl selection and a legend on the gridiron. If this man was not double teamed he caught the ball. As simple as that. Sharpe was the best route runner in Broncos history and he has proven himself on the football field time and time again.

2. John Mackey (Baltimore Colts, San Diego Chargers) Mackey was a Super Bowl Champion, 5 time Pro Bowler and 3 time All Pro selection during his illustrious career with the Colts. His stats are pretty for a 9 year career. He made the position of tight end a key part of all offenses. 38 total touchdowns, 331 receptions, 5,236 receiving yards and an amazing career average of 15.8 yards per catch. If had played a longer amount of time he may have garnered the top spot on my list.

3. Ozzie Newsome (Cleveland Browns) Ozzie won two Super Bowls with the Cleveland Browns and he was a 3 time Pro Bowl selection. In his 13 year NFL career Newsome did not miss one single game. He has 662 receptions, 47 touchdowns and 7,980 receiving yards. Newsome is known for having sticky fingers. He has caught passes that look impossible to snag.

4. Mike Ditka (Chicago Bears, Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys) Ditka has won three Super Bowls and he also won Championship as an assistant coach and as a head coach. Ditka has 43 touchdowns, 6,000 yards receiving and 427 catches during his playing career. Ditka is a rough tight end that was known for his blocking as much as his catching prowess. He was also a team motivator for his training methods, stamina and hard hitting catches and blocks.

5. Dave Casper (Oakland Raiders, Houston Oilers and the Minnesota Vikings) The Ghost was a great tight end and an offensive lineman His main success came from playing with Ken Stabler in Oakland. He won a super bowl and was selected to five Pro Bowls. He scored 52 times, caught the ball 378 times and totaled 5,216 career yardage.

6. Tony Gonzalez (Kansas City Chiefs) He holds the record for touchdowns, 107, and receiving yards for a tight end with 14, 268. Tony will advance on this list in the future since he is still an active Football player. He is a 13 time Pro Bowler and is the first tight end to catch over 1,000 passes. The only thing that has alluded him thus far is a Super Bowl ring. He excels and plays the best under pressure.

7. Todd Christensen (Oakland Raiders) He won two Super Bowls and went to the Pro Bowl on five occasions. Christensen has 41 touchdowns, 5,872 receiving yards and 461 catches while playing for the Oakland Raiders. He is a great route runner and has great vision on the field.

8. Kellen Winslow, Sr. (San Diego Chargers) He was a Pro Bowl MVP and went to five of them. His stats are: 45 touchdowns, 541 catches and 6,741 receiving yards. In one the best single player efforts in league history, Winslow scored a touchdown, had 166 yards receiving, 13 receptions and he blocked the other teams field goal which led to the Chargers victory.

9. Antonio Gates (San Diego Chargers) Gates is still active so his stock is surely to rise in the future especially if he catches that elusive Championship ring. As it stands his stats read: 8,321 receiving yards, 642 receptions and 83 touchdowns. In only 8 seasons he has done phenomenal numbers. He is great after getting yards after the catch.

10. Ben Coates (New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens) Coates has won a Super Bowl and been to the Pro Bowl 5 times. He has 50 touchdown catches, 499 receptions and 5,555 receiving yards playing for the Patriots. He has caught many sideline catches in his professional career.

Antonio Gates (San Diego Chargers)

Antonio Gates has made some amazing catches during his accomplished NFL career. He is always well conditioned and able to go hard for four full quarters.
Antonio Gates has made some amazing catches during his accomplished NFL career. He is always well conditioned and able to go hard for four full quarters. | Source

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Tight Ends Are Important

Tight Ends play a major role in an NFL offense. They not only catch and run but also block and tackle when necessary. Having sticky fingers is one of the best attributes that you can have as a tight end reciever on the football field.

Many playoff and championship games have been won on the football field by strategically using tight ends.

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A look at some of the logos in the NFL. The NFL has 32 teams spread out into two conferences which are the AFC and the NFC.
A look at some of the logos in the NFL. The NFL has 32 teams spread out into two conferences which are the AFC and the NFC. | Source

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      number2son 4 years ago

      Tony Gonzlez is definitely the best tight-end in history. No doubt about that. He never played on a team that was capable of really making a Super Bowl run. His best chance was last year, but that ended with missing fourth down in the redzone, and losing by 4. I wish that he would have won a Super Bowl, but I guess that there is nothing that you can do.

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