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Best tight ends of all time: Travis Kelce, Rob Gronkowski among best TEs in NFL history

Best tight ends of all time
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Who is the greatest tight end of all time? Some of the best tight ends in NFL history have taken the field in our lifetime. In a golden era era the position, including Travis Kelce and Rob Gronkowski, it’s worth taking a look at the best tight ends of all time.

A variety of factors determine who is viewed as the best tight end ever. Kelce certainly boasts some of the numbers to be considered, but playing tight end is also about more than just receiving stats. Factors such as quarterback play, era and blocking must all be factored in.

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Here are the 10 best tight ends of all time.

10. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

Best tight ends of all time, Jason Witten
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9. John Mackey, Baltimore Colts

Best tight ends of all time, John Mackey
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8. Ozzie Newsome, Cleveland Browns

Best tight ends of all time, Ozzie Newsome
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7. Mike Ditka, Chicago Bears

Best tight ends of all time, Mike Ditka
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6. Shannon Sharpe, Denver Broncos

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5. Kellen Winslow, San Diego Chargers

Best tight ends of all time, Kellen Winslow
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4. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers

Best tight ends of all time, Antonio Gates
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3. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Best tight ends of all time, Travis Kelce
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2. Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City Chiefs

Best tight ends of all time, Tony Gonzalez
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1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

Best tight ends of all time, Rob Gronkowski
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