It seems like the Pac-12 has regularly been ahead of the curve by using tight ends more than other conferences.
Posted on June 1, 2022
Despite that, the pool of NFL great Pac-12 alums isn’t super deep.
It’s one of the reasons I’m cutting this list in half and focusing on the Top Seven from current Pac-12 schools in the NFL.
1. Tony Gonzalez, CalNo question here. Gonzalez is one of the best tight ends from any school in NFL history. His honors and stats are unreal—10 All-Pro teams, 14 Pro Bowls, more than 1,300 receptions for more than 15,000 yards, and 111 touchdowns—his numbers would be all-time great for a receiver.
2. Rob Gronkowski, ArizonaGronk is a future Hall of Famer who will crack 10,000 yards receiving and possibly 100 touchdowns as a tight end. This goes along with a bunch of All-Pro honors and Pro Bowls and four Super Bowls.
3. Charle Young, USCThe former Trojan was great in the NFL in the 70s and 80s. He made three All-Pro Teams, three Pro Bowls, and won a Super Bowl with more than 5,000 receiving yards in his career.
4. Jerry Smith, Arizona StateSmith is one of the greatest Washington tight ends of all time and earned All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors. He finished his career with more than 400 receptions, 5,000 yards, and 60 touchdowns.
5. Zach Ertz, StanfordHe’s put together an excellent NFL career with three Pro Bowls, a Super Bowl, and more than 600 receptions for more than 6,000 yards and 41 touchdowns.
6. Todd Heap, Arizona StateHeap had a long, impressive NFL career and made multiple Pro Bowls. He finished with nearly 500 receptions for more than 5,800 yards and 42 touchdowns.
7. Russ Francis, OregonThe Duck alum had a great NFL career, winning a Super Bowl and getting All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors. He finished with more than 5,000 yards receiving and 40 touchdowns.
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