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The Best Detroit Lions Tight Ends Of All Time

Updated August 23, 2019 962 votes 170 voters 5.1k 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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    Michael Gaines

    2008

    Lions stats: 16 games played, 23 receptions, 260 yards, 1 TD

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    2
    5

    Tim Wright

    2015

    Lions stats: 9 games played, 9 receptions, 77 yards, 2 TDs

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    2
    5

    Pete Chryplewicz

    1997-1999

    Lions stats: 37 games played, 9 receptions, 65 yards, 3 TDs

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    1986-1987

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

  • 30

    2018

    Lions stats: 14 games played, 13 receptions, 87 yards, 0 TDs

  • 31

    2000

    Lions stats: 9 games played, 3 receptions, 32 yards, 0 TDs

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    1993-1995

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

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    2
    7

    Stephen Alexander

    2004

    Lions stats: 16 games played, 41 receptions, 377 yards, 1 TD

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    2
    7

    John McMakin

    1975

    Lions stats: 11 games played, 2 receptions, 43 yards, 0 TDs

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    2
    7

    Craig Cotton

    1969-1972

    Lions stats: 55 games played, 15 receptions, 223 yards, 1 TD

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    2
    8

    John Hilton

    1972-1973

    Lions stats: 19 games played, 11 receptions, 203 yards, 2 TDs

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    2005-2006

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

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    16

    Ulysses Norris

    1979-1983

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

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    6

    John Owens

    2002-2003, 2007-2008

    Lions stats: 45 games played, 14 receptions, 114 yards, 1 TD

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    Derek Tennell

    1991

    Lions stats: 15 games played, 4 receptions, 43 yards, 0 TDs