Let me start by saying that Gil Brandt is the Godfather when it comes to the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys. He has forgotten and dismissed more about the game of football than I or any of us will ever know. Capeesh? Capeesh.
Who's the best NFL tight end of all-time?
Well well well. Look who's not on this list. Settle down, we're going to address Jason Witten. Don't worry!
This is obviously a subjective practice and the parameters aren't defined. There are many different types of tight ends: receiving threats, blocking specialists, complete packages… so how do we define best?
I'm an objective thinker and that's the way that I believe we can most fairly decide anything in life, the Greatest Tight End of All Time certainly falls under the umbrella of anything so let's give it a shot.
It would appear on June 23rd, 2016 that the Greatest Tight End of All Time is Tony Gonzalez, who, like Jason Witten, is absent from Mr. Brandt's poll.
Obviously, the large contingency of us would like to count Jason Witten as the best ever, but that's simply not true. He is the only other one in the Thousand Yard Catches and Over Ten Thousand Yards clubs with ToGo, but it is very unlikely that he will catch him before he hangs them up. If it's any consolation to you, I named Jason Witten the Greatest #82 in Dallas Cowboys History.
Mr. Brandt seemed to get a lot of flack on Twitter for including Rob Gronkowski in this pool of greatness. While Gronk and Jason Witten are the lone active members we've discussed today, it is worth nothing that if we assume Gronk maintains a pace similar to the one he's had during the first six years of his career, that he is going to completely shatter all of these records. Consider that he has more touchdowns than Witten, a statistic many people care about, with almost a third of the catches and a half of the yards. That's insane!
Surely Mr. Brandt meant no disrespect to – as Tony Romo referred to him – the Greatest Dallas Cowboy ever. Similarly we mean no disrespect to Mr. Brandt. We just want some respect shown to one of the best to ever put a Star on his head – Jason Witten.