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The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time

Updated August 23, 2019 698 votes 103 voters 2.9k views40 items

List RulesVote up the players who had the most success playing tight end for the Lions

The Detroit Lions have had some great tight ends throughout the franchise’s history. This list of past Lions tight ends features former greats, current impact players, and even future stars. As the tight end position increasingly becomes more of a focal point in the offensive schemes of today, one can only imagine what this list could look like in years down the road. No matter what happens in the evolution of this position, these Detroit tight ends have left a legacy for this that can’t be taken away. 

Great Detroit Lions players such as Charlie Sanders, Jim Gibbons, and Brandon Pettigrew have gone down as some of the best tight ends in franchise history.

So who is the greatest tight end in Detroit Lions history? Which of these tight ends has left a lasting legacy in the Motor City? Vote below for who you think is the best Detroit Lions tight end of all time!

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    Charlie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time
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    Charlie Sanders

    1968-1977

    Lions stats: 128 games played,  336 receptions, 4,817 yards, 31 TDs

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    Jim Gibbons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time

    1958-1968

    Lions stats: 140 games played, 287 receptions, 3,561 yards, 20 TDs

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    David Sloan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time
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    David Sloan

    1995-2001

    Lions stats: 90 games played, 180 receptions, 2,024 yards, 15 TDs

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    Brandon Pettigrew is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time

    2009-2015

    Lions stats: 93 games played, 301 receptions, 2,965 yards, 17 TDs

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    David Hill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time
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    David Hill

    1976-1982

    Lions stats: 100 games played, 245 receptions, 3,054 yards, 23 TDs

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    Tony Scheffler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time
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    Tony Scheffler

    2010-2013

    Lions stats: 50 games played, 120 receptions, 1,311 yards, 8 TDs

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    Ron Kramer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time

    1965-1967

    Lions stats: 39 games played, 59 receptions, 678 yards, 1 TD

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    Levine Toilolo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time

    2018

    Lions stats: 16 games played, 21 receptions, 263 yards, 1 TD

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    Eric Ebron is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time
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    Eric Ebron

    2014-2018

    Lions stats: 56 games played, 186 receptions, 2,070 yards, 11 TDs

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    Darren Fells is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time

    2017

    Lions stats: 16 games played, 17 receptions, 177 yards, 3 TDs

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    Pete Metzelaars is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time

    1996-1997

    Lions stats: 31 games played, 34 receptions, 290 yards, 0 TDs

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    Joseph Fauria is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time
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    Joseph Fauria

    2013-2014

    Lions stats: 23 games played, 24 receptions, 281 yards, 8 TDs

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    Will Heller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time
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    Will Heller

    2009-2012

    Lions stats: 64 games played, 56 receptions, 525 yards, 5 TDs

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    Rob Rubick is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time

    1982-1988

    Lions stats: 88 games played, 44 receptions, 511 yards, 3 TDs

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    David Lewis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time
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    David Lewis

    1984-1986

    Lions stats: 42 games played, 54 receptions, 678 yards, 7 TDs

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    Casey Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time

    2003-2009

    Lions stats: 99 games played, 88 receptions, 677 yards, 5 TDs

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    Mark Lewis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time
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    Mark Lewis

    1987-1988

    Lions stats: 12 games played, 3 receptions, 32 yards, 1 TD

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    Walter Rasby is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time
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    Walter Rasby

    1998-2000

    Lions stats: 48 games played, 28 receptions, 216 yards, 3 TDs

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    Rodney Holman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time

    1993-1995

    Lions stats: 47 games played, 47 receptions, 442 yards, 2 TDs

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    Ron Hall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time

    1994-1995

    Lions stats: 19 games played, 21 receptions, 187 yards, 0 TDs

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    Ulysses Norris is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time
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    Ulysses Norris

    1979-1983

    Lions stats: 68 games played, 41 receptions, 510 yards, 8 TDs

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    Dan Campbell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time

    2006-2008

    Lions stats: 19 games played, 23 receptions, 330 yards, 4 TDs

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    Jimmie Giles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time

    1986-1987

    Lions stats: 13 games played, 25 receptions, 260 yards, 3 TDs

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    Marcus Pollard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time

    2005-2006

    Lions stats: 31 games played, 58 receptions, 616 yards, 3 TDs

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    Pat Carter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time
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    Pat Carter

    1988

    Lions stats: 15 games played, 13 receptions, 145 yards, 0 TDs

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