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The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Tight Ends Of All Time

Updated August 26, 2019 1.9k votes 288 voters 8.7k views40 items

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have had some great tight ends throughout the franchise’s history. This list of past Steelers 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 offensive schemes , one can only imagine what this list will look like in years down the road. No matter what happens with the evolution of this position, these Pittsburgh tight ends have left a legacy for this that can’t be taken away. 

Great Pittsburgh Steelers players such as Heath Miller, Bennie Cunningham, and Eric Green, who could count among the best NFL players ever, have gone down as some of the best tight ends in Steelers franchise history.

So who’s the greatest tight end in Pittsburgh Steelers history? Which of these tight ends has left a lasting legacy in the city of Pittsburgh? Vote below for who you think is the best Pittsburgh Steelers tight end of all time, then head over and check out the top Pittsburgh Steelers players ever.

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  • 1
    Heath Miller

    2005-2015

    Steelers stats: 168 games played, 592 receptions, 6,569 yards, 45 TDs

  • 2
    Bennie Cunningham

    1976-1985

    Steelers stats: 118 games played, 202 receptions, 2,879 yards, 20 TDs

  • 3
    Eric Green

    1990-1994

    Steelers stats: 62 games played, 198 receptions, 2,681 yards, 24 TDs

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    Randy Grossman

    1974-1981

    Steelers stats: 118 games played, 119 receptions, 1,514 yards, 5 TDs

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    Mark Bruener

    1995-2003

    Steelers stats: 125 games played, 137 receptions, 1,197 yards, 16 TDs

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    Jesse James
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    Jesse James

    2015-2018

    Steelers stats: 56 games played, 120 receptions, 1,189 yards, 9 TDs

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    Vance McDonald

    2017-2018

    Steelers stats: 25 games played, 64 receptions, 798 yards, 5 TDs

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    Preston Carpenter
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    Preston Carpenter

    1960-1963

    Steelers stats: 52 games played, 115 receptions, 1,680 yards, 11 TDs

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    Jerame Tuman
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    Jerame Tuman

    1999-2007

    Steelers stats: 120 games played, 43 receptions, 500 yards, 7 TDs

  • 10
    Mike Mularkey

    1989-1991

    Steelers stats: 39 games played, 60 receptions, 758 yards, 4 TDs

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    Matt Spaeth

    2007-2010, 2013-2015

    Steelers stats: 92 games played, 42 receptions, 342 yards, 7 TDs

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    John Hilton
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    John Hilton

    1965-1969

    Steelers stats: 66 games played, 108 receptions, 1,494 yards, 10 TDs

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    Red Mack

    1961-1963, 1965

    Steelers stats: 41 games played, 44 receptions, 990 yards, 7 TDs

  • 14
    Adrian Cooper
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    Adrian Cooper

    1991-1993

    Steelers stats: 46 games played, 36 receptions, 456 yards, 5 TDs

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    David Johnson
    18
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    David Johnson

    2009-2013, 2016

    Steelers stats: 68 games played, 29 receptions, 296 yards, 1 TD

  • 16
    Jay Riemersma
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    Jay Riemersma

    2003-2004

    Steelers stats: 22 games played, 17 receptions, 220 yards, 3 TDs

  • 17
    Preston Gothard
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    Preston Gothard

    1985-1988

    Steelers stats: 50 games played, 41 receptions, 459 yards, 3 TDs

  • 18
    Xavier Grimble
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    Xavier Grimble

    2016-2018

    Steelers stats: 44 games played, 22 receptions, 236 yards, 3 TDs

  • 19
    John McMakin
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    John McMakin

    1972-1974

    Steelers stats: 36 games played, 34 receptions, 472 yards, 2 TDs

  • 20
    Ladarius Green
    21
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    Ladarius Green

    2016

    Steelers stats: 6 games played, 18 receptions, 304 yards, 1 TD

  • 21
    Jonathan Hayes
    10
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    Jonathan Hayes

    1994-1996

    Steelers stats: 48 games played, 18 receptions, 177 yards, 1 TD

  • 22
    Matt Cushing

    1999-2004

    Steelers stats: 53 games played, 13 receptions, 91 yards, 1 TD

  • 23
    Keith Cash

    1991

    Steelers stats: 5 games played, 7 receptions, 90 yards, 1 TD

  • 24
    Danzell Lee
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    Danzell Lee

    1987

    Steelers stats: 13 games played, 12 receptions, 124 yards, 0 TDs

  • 25
    Darrell Nelson
    5
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    Darrell Nelson

    1984-1985

    Steelers stats: 16 games played, 2 receptions, 31 yards, 0 TDs