The 10 Best Tight Ends Not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Dean HyblAnalyst IJune 30, 2009

The 10 Best Tight Ends Not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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    DENVER - SEPTEMBER 8:  Tight end Shannon Sharpe #83 of the Denver Broncos pumps his fists in the air as he is introduced to the crowd before the season opener against the St. Louis Rams on September 8, 2002 at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado.  (Phot

Best of the Rest

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    10 Sep 1995:  Tight end Brent Jones of the San Francisco 49ers moves the ball during a game against the Atlanta Falcons during a game at 3Com Park in San Francisco, California.  The 49ers won the game, 41-10. Mandatory Credit: Mike Powell  /Allsport

10. Riley Odoms (Denver Broncos, 1972-1983)

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9. Charle Young (Philadelphia Eagles/Los Angeles Rams/San Francisco 49ers/Seattle Seahawks, 1973-1985)

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8. Jay Novacek (Arizona Cardinals/Dallas Cowboys, 1985-1995)

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    22 Nov 1992:  Tight end Jay Novacek of the Dallas Cowboys moves the ball during a game against the Phoenix Cardinals at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas.  The Cowboys won the game, 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Mike Powell  /Allsport

7. Steve Jordan (Minnesota Vikings,1982-1994)

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    28 Oct 1990: MINNESOTA VIKINGS WIDE RECEIVER STEVE JORDAN #83 CARRIES THE FOOTBALL AND RUNS OVER AN UNIDENTIFIED GREEN BAY PACKERS DEFENDER, DURING THE VIKINGS 24-10 LOSS AT Milwaukee County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

6. Todd Christensen (New York Giants/Oakland-Los Angeles Raiders,1979-1988)

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    UNDATED: Todd Christensen #46 of the Los Angeles Raiders carries the ball during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

5. Keith Jackson (Philadelphia Eagles/Miami Dolphins/Green Bay Packers,1988-1996)

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    1989:  Tight end Keith Jackson #88 of the Philadelphia Eagles carries the ball during a 1989 NFL game against the Phoenix Cardinals.  (Photo by Mike Powell/Getty Images)

4. Pete Retzlaff (Philadelphia Eagles,1956-1966)

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3. Mark Bavaro (New York Giants/Cleveland Browns/Philadelphia Eagles,1985-1994)

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    SAN FRANCISCO - JANUARY 20:  Tight end Mark Bavaro #89 of the New York Giants tries to get away from the grasps of linebacker Keith DeLong #59 of the San Francisco 49ers in the 1990 NFC Championship game at Candlestick Park on January 20, 1991 in San Fran

2. Ben Coates (New England Patriots/Baltimore Ravens, 1991-2000)

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    15 Nov 1998:  Ben Coates #87 of the New England Patriots in action during the game against the Buffalo Bills at the Rich Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills defeated the Patriots 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart  /Allsport

1. Shannon Sharpe (Denver Broncos/Baltimore Ravens, 1990-2003)

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    DENVER - OCTOBER 12: Shannon Sharpe #84 tight end for the Denver Broncos runs after a catch while Chad Scott #30 of the Pittsburgh Steelers tries to bring him down on October 12, 2003 at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Ma