NFL: Tight Ends with the Most Receiving Yards (Career)

Tony Gonzalez Has the Most Receiving Yards for a Tight End...So Far

Tony Gonzalez Has the Most Receiving Yards for a Tight End…So Far

Tony Gonzalez is probably the best tight end – or at least offensive tight end – to play the game of football. He’s got quite a lead in receiving yards and will likely break 15,000 in 2013, as a member of the Atlanta Falcons.

But the Dallas CowboysJason Witten, if he keeps playing, has a good shot at catching and surpassing Gonzalez. Witten is just over 5,000 yards behind and six years younger.

Career San Diego Charger, Antonio Gates, is still going. He’s only 33, but has suffered with recurring injuries the past few years, letting Witten slip by.

These three active tight ends are three of the top four all-time receivers at the position. Dallas Clark , now of the Baltimore Ravens, is also hanging around in the top 20 below.

UPDATED LIST: Through Week 7 of 2014. Jason Witten surpassed 10,000 receiving yards in Week 6, then jumped ahead of Shannon Sharpe for second all-time in Week 7. Antonio Gates is now less than 500 yards away from becoming the fourth tight end with 10K yards. Will he make it this season or will he have to push for one more? Heath Miller and Vernon Davis crack the top 20.

TIGHT END YARDS FROM TO
1. Tony Gonzalez  15,127
1997  2013
2. Jason Witten 10,065
2003 Present
3. Shannon Sharpe 10,060  1990  2003 
4. Antonio Gates  9,556
2003  Present
5. Ozzie Newsome  7,980  1978  1990 
6. Jackie Smith 7,918  1963  1978 
7. Kellen Winslow 6,741  1979  1987 
8. Steve Jordan  6,307  1982  1994 
9. Jeremy Shockey  6,143  2002  2011 
10. Todd Christensen  5,872  1980  1988 
11. Todd Heap  5,869  2001  2012 
12. Mike Ditka 5,812  1961  1972 
13. Riley Odoms  5,755  1972  1983 
14. Dallas Clark 5,665 2003 2013
15. Ben Coates  5,555  1991  2000 
16. Heath Miller 5,548 2005 Present
17. Rich Caster 5,515 1970 1982
18. Jerry Smith  5,496  1965  1977 
19. Bob Tucker  5,421  1970  1980 
20. Vernon Davis  5,343 2006  Present 

Photo: juneauempire.com

Posted on September 9, 2013, in NFL Football and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

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