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List of Famous Football Tight Ends

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List of the most famous (American) football tight ends in the history of the sport, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. There have been many legendary tight ends in the NFL and NCAA, and you'll find all of them on this list below. Some of these men are considered to be the best tight ends to ever play the game, and if you're looking for a specific football player you can look for them by using the "search" function on this list. These amazing tight ends may currently be active while others have been retired for quite sometime. This list of the top tight ends in American football includes all the greats from both the NFL and college football.

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Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Football Tight Ends
Tight end
Anthony David Gonzalez is a former American football tight end who played in the National Football League. He played college football for the University of California, Berkeley, and was ...more
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Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Football Tight Ends
Tight end
Robert James Gronkowski (born May 14, 1989), nicknamed "Gronk", is a former American football tight end who played his entire professional career for the New England Patriots of the ...more
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Jimmy Graham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Football Tight Ends
Tight end
Jimmy Graham (born November 24, 1986) is an American football tight end for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played only one year of college football at the ...more
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Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Football Tight Ends
Tight end
Antonio Ethan Gates, Jr. is an American football tight end for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. He has been selected onto the Pro Bowl nine times and is a five-time ...more
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Jason Witten is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Football Tight Ends
Tight end
Christopher Jason Witten (born May 6, 1982) is an American football tight end for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL) and sports broadcaster. He played college football for ...more
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Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Football Tight Ends
Tight end
Vernon Davis (born January 31, 1984) is an American football tight end for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Maryland. He was drafted ...more
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Mike Ditka is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Football Tight Ends
Tight end
Michael Keller Ditka is a former American football player, coach, and television commentator. A member of both the College Football and Pro Football Hall of Fames, he was the 1961 UPI NFL Rookie ...more
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Shannon Sharpe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Football Tight Ends
Tight end
Shannon Sharpe is a former American football tight end who played for the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League, as well as a former analyst for CBS Sports on its ...more
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John Mackey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Football Tight Ends
Tight end
John Mackey was an American football tight end who played for the Baltimore Colts and the San Diego Chargers. He was born in Roosevelt, New York and attended Syracuse University. He was the ...more
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Dave Casper is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Football Tight Ends
Tight end, Wide receiver
David John Casper, nicknamed "The Ghost." is a former American football player best known for being a prominent member of the Oakland Raiders. He was a Tight end and also played as an ...more
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Jackie Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Football Tight Ends
Tight end
Jackie Larue Smith is a former professional American football player in the National Football League. He played tight end for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys from 1963 to 1978. He ...more
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Owen Daniels is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Football Tight Ends
Tight end
Owen Gerald Daniels is an American football tight end for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Wisconsin, and was drafted by the ...more
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Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Football Tight Ends
Tight end
Ozzie Newsome Jr. is a former American Football Conference tight end for the Cleveland Browns, an inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the current General Manager of the Baltimore
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Julius Thomas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Football Tight Ends
Tight end
Julius Dewayne Thomas is an American football tight end for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL ...more
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Greg Olsen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Football Tight Ends
Tight end
Gregory Walter Olsen (born March 11, 1985) is an American football tight end for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of ...more
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Dallas Clark is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Football Tight Ends
Tight end
Dallas Dean Clark is a former American football tight end who played 11 seasons in the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Iowa, earned unanimous ...more
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Todd Christensen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Football Tight Ends
Fullback, Tight end
Todd Jay Christensen was an American football player who played in the National Football League from 1978 until 1988, spending most of that time playing tight end for the Oakland and Los Angeles ...more
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Mark Bavaro is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Football Tight Ends
Tight end
Mark Bavaro is a former American football tight end who played for the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, and Philadelphia Eagles in the National Football League. Bavaro was selected to the Pro ...more
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Martellus Bennett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Football Tight Ends
Tight end
Martellus Demond Bennett is a former American football tight end and children's author. The Dallas Cowboys drafted him in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft after playing college football at ...more
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Jordan Cameron is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Football Tight Ends
Tight end
Jordan Cravens Cameron is an American football tight end for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. ...more
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Jermichael Finley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Football Tight Ends
Tight end
Jermichael Decorean Finley is an American football tight end who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Packers in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at
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Jay Novacek is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Football Tight Ends
Tight end
Jay McKinley Novacek is a former American football tight end in the National Football League who played for the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys. Novacek was a five-time Pro ...more
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Dwight Clark is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Football Tight Ends
Tight end, Wide receiver
Dwight Edward Clark is a former American football wide receiver and executive. He played for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League from 1979 to 1987. With the 49ers, Clark ...more
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Charlie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Football Tight Ends
Tight end
Charles Alvin Sanders is a former American football player who played tight end for the Detroit Lions from 1968-77. On February 3, 2007, Sanders was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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Ben Coates is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Football Tight Ends
Tight end
Ben Terrence Coates is a former American football tight end in the National Football League and former CIAA football coach and former NFL tight ends coach. Coates didn't play football until his ...more