Today's Best Tight Ends and Their Throwback Comparisons

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Today's Best Tight Ends and Their Throwback Comparisons
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No tight end in history can match the numbers put up by Tony Gonzalez.

Welcome to the fourth of a 12-part series where we look at the better NFL players at their respective positions and whom they may compare to from the past.

We have gone through quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers. Now the focus is on a position that has seemingly never been more important in terms of the passing game: the tight end.

In no particular order, here are nine current standout players at the position and who they remind us of in regards to the game’s glorious past. We even included a pair of 2013 Pro Bowlers that burst onto the scene this past season.

The criteria are multi-faceted, and one legend doesn’t fit all. We are talking style as much as anything because, after all, the eye test is still the best pop quiz ever. Other factors, however, will be taken into account when making comparisons.

More importantly, it's an exercise in having fun and bringing back great memories.

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