Top 5 Tight Ends in NFL History

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The tight end position has arguably evolved more than any other position in NFL history. Tight ends were once used as an extra lineman who should be great at blocking and be able to catch a pass here and there. In today’s NFL, tight ends have amazing skill sets. These players are becoming more versatile as time goes on. For these rankings I focused on longevity, although there’s one exception on the list. Stats and accolades were also a key factor for players in the top five.

1: Tony Gonzalez

Kansas City Chiefs 1997-2008; Atlanta Falcons 2009-13

6-time first-team All-Pro, 14-time Pro Bowler

2019 Hall of Fame Inductee

1,325 catches, 15,127 yards, 111 TD’s

2: Antonio Gates

LA Chargers 2003-2018

3-time first-team All-Pro, 8-time Pro Bowler

955 catches, 11,841 yards, 116 TD’s

3: Jason Witten

Dallas Cowboys 2003-Present

2-time first-team All-Pro, 11-time Pro Bowler

1,152 catches, 12,448 yards, 68 TD’s

4: Shannon Sharpe

Denver Broncos 1990-99, 2002-03; Baltimore Ravens 2000-01

4-time first-team All-Pro, 8-time Pro Bowler

3 Super Bowl rings (XXXII, XXXIII, XXXV)

815 catches, 10,060 yards, 62 TDs

5: Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots 2010-2018

2014 AP Comeback Player of the year

3 Super Bowl Rings (XLIX, LI, LIII)

4-time first-team All-Pro, 5-time Pro Bowler

521 catches, 7,861 yards, 79 TDs

*I do not own rights to any of these pictures posted.

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