There have been some outstanding tight ends in Detroit Lions history during the franchise’s existence. These previous greats, current impact players, and even future stars are represented on this list of former Lions tight ends.



Given how much the tight end position is becoming a prominent focus in offensive systems today, one can only picture what this list would look like in a few years’ time if the trend continues. The legacy that these Detroit tight ends have left for this position will remain in perpetuity, no matter what occurs in the future development of the position.

Some of the greatest tight ends in team history are Charlie Sanders, Jim Gibbons, and Brandon Pettigrew, all of whom played for the Detroit Lions during their respective eras.



So, who is the greatest tight end in the history of the Detroit Lions? Which of these tight ends has made a lasting impression on the people of Detroit?  Here are my top 20 Detroit Lions Greatest Tight Ends In History and their time of playing.

  1. Charlie Sanders –From 1968 to 1977
  2. T. J. HockensonFrom 2019 to Current
  3. David SloanFrom 1995 to 2001
  4. Dan Campbell –From 2006 to 2008
  5. David Hill –From 1976 to 1982
  6. Jim GibbonsFrom 1958 to 1968
  7. Brandon PettigrewFrom 2009 to 2015
  8. Ron Kramer – From 1965 to 1967 
  9. Tony SchefflerFrom 2010 to 2013
  10. Casey FitzsimmonsFrom 2003 to 2009
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