Top 5 Greatest Tight Ends of all-time

Super Bowl LV
Super Bowl LV: Gronkowski spikes the ball

Tight ends in the NFL are known for their versatility and ability to make big plays in both the passing and running games. They need to possess a unique set of skills that includes size, strength, speed, and sure-handedness.

Here are the top 5 tight ends in NFL history

#1 Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots v Indianapolis Colts
New England Patriots v Indianapolis Colts

Rob Gronkowski played for the New England Patriots from 2010-2018 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2020-2021. He is known for elite blocking and his receiving ability while being one of the greatest touchdown threats of all time. He holds the NFL record for most touchdown receptions by a tight end in a single season. He is a 5-time Pro Bowler, a 4-time first-team All-Pro, and was named to the NFL's 2010s All-Decade Team and the NFL's 100th Anniversary All-Time Team. He was a key contributor in the Patriots' Super Bowl wins in 2014, 2016, and 2018, as well as for the Buccaneers in their Super Bowl LV win.

#2 Tony Gonzalez

NFC Championship - San Francisco 49ers v Atlanta Falcons
NFC Championship - San Francisco 49ers v Atlanta Falcons

Tony Gonzalez played for the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons from 1997 to 2013. He is known for his consistency and longevity. He holds the NFL record for most receptions, receiving yards, and touchdown receptions by a tight end. He is a 14-time Pro Bowler, a 6-time first-team All-Pro, and was named to the NFL's 2000s All-Decade Team.

#3 Travis Kelce

AFC Divisional Playoffs - Jacksonville Jaguars v Kansas City Chiefs Shannon Sharpe during Broncos v 49ers Enter caption Shannon Sharpe
AFC Divisional Playoffs - Jacksonville Jaguars v Kansas City Chiefs Shannon Sharpe during Broncos v 49ers Enter caption Shannon Sharpe

Travis Kelce has been playing for the Kansas City Chiefs since 2013. He is known for his size, speed, and sure-handedness. He is an 8-time Pro Bowler, a 4-time first-team All-Pro, and was named to the NFL's 2010s All-Decade Team. He holds the record for the most consecutive 1000-yard receiving seasons by a tight end at 7, as well as the most receiving yards in a season by a TE with 1416.

#4 Shannon Sharpe

Broncos v 49ers

Shannon Sharpe

Shannon Sharpe played for the Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens, and Denver Broncos from 1990 to 2003. He is known for his leadership, competitiveness, and versatility. He holds the NFL record for most receptions, receiving yards, and touchdown receptions by a tight end. He is an 8-time Pro Bowler, a 3-time first-team All-Pro, and was named to the NFL's 1990s All-Decade Team.

#5 Kellen Winslow

Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow
Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow

Kellen Winslow played for the San Diego Chargers from 1979-1987. He is known for his size, speed, and sure-handedness. He is a 5-time Pro Bowler, a 3-time first-team All-Pro, and was named to the NFL's 1980s All-Decade Team.

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