NFL The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time  

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List Rules Only NFL tight ends. No wide receivers or college players.

The greatest tight ends of all time are those dynamic National Football League players who have played the position better than anyone else. The tight end position is a unique one as it has evolved from a blocking player to one that focuses more on receptions meaning each of these best NFL tight ends dominated the role as it was played during their prime.

There is a reason that the Mackey Award is given out each year to the top tight end in college football. That's because John Mackey is easily the best tight end ever to play football. The now Pro Football Hall of Fame member dominated the position with the Baltimore Colts and San Diego Chargers and made the position one to recognize.

Following in Mackey's footsteps are dozens of other talented and famous tight ends such as Tony Gonzalez, the first tight end to catch over 1,000 passes, Kellen Winslow Sr. who dazzled at tight end for the San Diego Chargers, the great Mike Ditka, who before coaching or broadcasting averaged 19.2 yards per catch and notched 12 touchdowns as a rookie and Shannon Sharpe, who topped an amazing 10,000 yards over his career in Denver and Baltimore.

But the top tight ends in the NFL don't stop there. Young stars have taken the offensive position to an entire new level and fascinated fans everywhere along the way, racking up crazy stats and scoring touchdowns left and right. Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots is a perfect example of that as he has become the envy of other teams, fans and players with his talent.

Who do you think played the best at tight end of all time? Vote for your favorites, add any not listed or re-rank this list your way all below! Want more football rankings? Check out the greatest linebackers of all time and the greatest NFL punters of all time too!

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Tony Gonzalez 
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Rob Gronkowski 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Shannon Sharpe 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Antonio Gates 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Mike Ditka 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Jason Witten 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Kellen Winslow 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Ozzie Newsome 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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John Mackey 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Jimmy Graham 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Dave Casper 
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Greg Olsen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Jay Novacek 
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Mark Bavaro 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Ben Coates 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Vernon Davis 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Todd Christensen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Dallas Clark 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Heath Miller 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Jeremy Shockey 
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Jackie Smith 
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Keith Jackson 
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Julius Thomas 
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Brent Jones 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Charlie Sanders 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Todd Heap 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Travis Kelce 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Martellus Bennett 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Delanie Walker 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Wesley Walls 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Russ Francis 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Frank Wycheck 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Billy Joe DuPree 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Jerry Smith 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Raymond Chester 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Owen Daniels 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Riley Odoms 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Alge Crumpler 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Benjamin Watson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Chris Cooley 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Tyler Eifert 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time
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Jordan Reed 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Steve Jordan 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Kyle Rudolph 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Dennis Pitta 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Rich Caster 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Billy Cannon 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Jordan Cameron 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Charle Young 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Brent Celek 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time