Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts revealed his list of four best tight ends of all time. In doing so, some significant omissions have sparked major conversations amongst fans around the league.
The Florida Gators star became the highest-selected tight-end pick in history. Pitts was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in 2021 as the fourth overall draft pick. It was inevitable that picking the top four players at his position would be a contentious issue. However, the 2021 Pro-Bowler did not stop making difficult decisions.
Travis Kelce of the Chiefs, Shannon Sharpe of the former Broncos, George Kittle of the 49ers, and Ozzie Newsome of the former Browns were his top-four picks. Discussion about his selection was generated by players like Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez, and Ron Gronkowski, all being held off the list.
Players Left Off The List
Gronkowski was a Four-time Super Bowl champion and four-time First-Team All-Pro. He announced his retirement in 2021. Gronkowski was also a member of the NFL All-Decade team in the 2010’s.
Gates, an eight-time Pro Bowler, played for the Chargers throughout his career. The undrafted free agent is one of the most extraordinary tight ends of all time.
Gonzalez played in the NFL for an incredible 17 years, first with the Chiefs and then joining the Falcons in 2009. From his debut in 1997 until his retirement in 2013, he dominated as a 14-time Pro Bowler and six-time first-team All-Pro. The 2004 Receptions Leader is unfortunate to be left out, as the Hall of Famer lost only two fumbles in 1,327 touches.
There is no denying that the four tight ends that Pitts included are all legends of the game. However, whenever making a list, there will always be great talent left off of a list. Pitts will hope to find his name in the best tight-end discussions by the time he hangs up the cleats.