Player Points - Tony Gonzalez
By Chase Stuart
April 27th, 2010

Tony Gonzalez is the greatest receiving end of all-time. He leads all tight ends in career receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. He leads all tight ends in career VBD, and his six seasons as the top fantasy tight end is the most #1 seasons of any tight end. Gonzalez is a future Hall of Famer, and may become the first tight end to be inducted on the first ballot. Whether measured by peak or longevity, it's hard to argue that there's ever been a better receiving tight end than Tony Gonzalez.

Fantasy players have known this for years; the gap between Gonzalez and the other tight ends is enormous. Tony G has more than double the VBD of all but four other tight ends in NFL history. Here's the complete list:

Rk
Tight End
VBD
Years
Teams
Positional Rankings
1
Tony Gonzalez
994
1997-2009
kan-atl
1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 5, 7, 7, 19
2
Shannon Sharpe
797
1990-2003
den-rav
1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 4, 4, 5, 15, 32, 38
3
Kellen Winslow
621
1979-1987
sdg
1, 1, 1, 2, 4, 4, 12, 23, 37
4
Todd Christensen
564
1979-1988
nyg-rai
1, 1, 1, 1, 3, 4, 30, 33, 66, 76
5
Antonio Gates
530
2003-2009
sdg
1, 1, 2, 3, 3, 4, 20
6
Ozzie Newsome
485
1978-1990
cle
1, 2, 3, 3, 3, 6, 6, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18
7
Ben Coates
478
1991-2000
nwe-rav
1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 16, 20, 40, 55
8
Dave Casper
456
1974-1984
rai-hou-min
1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 7, 29, 36, 38, 55
9
Keith Jackson
451
1988-1996
phi-mia-gnb
1, 2, 2, 2, 4, 4, 5, 7, 42
10
Jason Witten
341
2003-2009
dal
1, 2, 3, 6, 6, 10, 21
11
Wesley Walls
318
1989-2003
sfo-nor-car-gnb
2, 2, 4, 6, 6, 8, 11, 14, 23, 35, 56, 61, 67, 98
12
Rich Caster
300
1970-1982
nyj-hou-nor-was
1, 1, 1, 5, 13, 17, 19, 25, 38, 50, 63, 67, 72
13
Riley Odoms
293
1972-1983
den
2, 2, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 16, 46, 66
14
Steve Jordan
275
1982-1994
min
3, 3, 5, 6, 6, 6, 8, 10, 12, 19, 35, 56, 68
15
Bob Tucker
271
1970-1980
nyg-min
1, 3, 4, 7, 9, 9, 12, 14, 21, 26, 38
16
Brent Jones
271
1987-1997
sfo
1, 3, 3, 3, 4, 9, 13, 15, 20, 34, 89
17
Mark Bavaro
267
1985-1994
nyg-cle-phi
1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 13, 14, 16, 21
18
Jay Novacek
251
1985-1995
crd-dal
1, 3, 3, 3, 6, 9, 12, 16, 27, 71, 77
19
Mickey Shuler
251
1978-1991
nyj-phi
2, 2, 4, 5, 5, 21, 22, 24, 28, 29, 30, 35, 52, 78
20
Frank Wycheck
251
1993-2003
was-hou-ten
4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 16, 18, 36, 41, 48
21
Raymond Chester
243
1970-1981
rai-clt
2, 4, 4, 5, 7, 10, 10, 13, 15, 23, 32, 41
22
Ted Kwalick
237
1969-1977
sfo-rai
2, 2, 3, 22, 24, 53, 59, 66
23
Eric Green
235
1990-1999
pit-mia-rav-nyj
2, 4, 6, 6, 7, 12, 23, 24, 31, 49
24
Todd Heap
216
2001-2009
rav
1, 2, 3, 5, 14, 23, 24, 33, 37
25
Dallas Clark
212
2003-2009
clt
1, 3, 6, 13, 15, 16, 24
26
Jeremy Shockey
211
2002-2009
nyg-nor
3, 3, 7, 7, 10, 11, 18, 24
27
Paul Coffman
201
1978-1988
gnb-kan-min
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 42, 60, 64, 79
28
Charle Young
197
1973-1985
phi-ram-sfo-sea
1, 2, 3, 12, 13, 19, 25, 26, 28, 28, 33, 34, 42
29
Rodney Holman
186
1982-1995
cin-det
1, 4, 9, 9, 9, 10, 10, 17, 20, 33, 38, 48, 69, 75
30
Henry Childs
183
1974-1984
atl-nor-ram-gnb
1, 3, 3, 11, 11, 33, 35, 67, 74
31
Doug Cosbie
181
1979-1988
dal
3, 5, 5, 6, 7, 18, 19, 43, 53, 53
32
Chris Cooley
173
2004-2009
was
4, 5, 6, 6, 12, 27
33
Jimmie Giles
172
1977-1989
hou-tam-det-phi
5, 6, 6, 7, 10, 11, 23, 24, 26, 29, 35, 38, 48
34
Alge Crumpler
172
2001-2009
atl-ten
3, 5, 5, 7, 8, 14, 20, 34, 37
35
Dan Ross
171
1979-1986
cin-sea-gnb
4, 5, 6, 10, 15, 37, 41
36
Jerome Barkum
169
1972-1983
nyj
6, 7, 10, 14, 16, 19, 19, 22, 23, 24, 37, 41
37
Kellen Winslow Jr.
156
2004-2009
cle-tam
4, 4, 7, 18, 80
38
Walter White
154
1975-1979
kan
2, 2, 11, 20, 62
39
Jim R. Mitchell
151
1969-1979
atl
2, 3, 5, 8, 12, 14, 19, 31, 34, 35
40
Charlie Sanders
144
1968-1977
det
4, 5, 6, 6, 8, 11, 13, 31
41
Rickey Dudley
139
1996-2004
rai-cle-tam
3, 3, 9, 12, 13, 33, 51, 66, 83
42
Freddie Jones
138
1997-2004
sdg-crd
3, 4, 5, 5, 11, 13, 16, 21
43
Billy Joe DuPree
128
1973-1983
dal
3, 4, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 26, 31, 31, 46
44
Marv Cook
123
1989-1995
nwe-chi-ram
1, 6, 8, 29, 30, 34, 68
45
Jerry Smith
118
1965-1977
was
1, 4, 7, 13, 22, 25, 37, 58
46
Russ Francis
114
1975-1988
nwe-sfo
3, 3, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 17, 30, 33, 35
47
Joe Senser
110
1980-1984
min
2, 8, 15, 53
48
Johnny Mitchell
105
1992-1996
nyj-dal
5, 6, 10, 23, 82
49
Randy McMichael
101
2002-2009
mia-ram
4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 17, 30, 52
50
Pete Metzelaars
90
1982-1997
sea-buf-car-det
5, 7, 7, 9, 13, 21, 25, 29, 34, 37, 41, 41, 45, 47, 58, 66
51
Bob Trumpy
88
1968-1977
cin
6, 6, 7, 9, 14, 18, 20, 22
52
Vernon Davis
88
2006-2009
sfo
2, 12, 26, 27
53
Mark Chmura
87
1993-1999
gnb
2, 8, 8, 21, 39, 67, 74
54
Jackie Harris
86
1990-2001
gnb-tam-ten-dal
5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 16, 17, 17, 27, 33, 34, 35
55
Jean Fugett
86
1972-1979
dal-was
4, 7, 8, 8, 20, 30, 31, 39
56
Marcus Pollard
85
1995-2008
clt-det-sea-atl
2, 6, 9, 11, 12, 15, 15, 20, 30, 47, 53, 59, 101, 101
57
Pete Holohan
82
1981-1992
sdg-ram-kan-cle
4, 5, 8, 10, 17, 18, 27, 28, 29, 31, 63, 74
58
Mike Barber
79
1976-1985
hou-ram-den
5, 6, 10, 19, 25, 32, 37, 59, 67, 72
59
Jackie Smith
73
1963-1978
crd-dal
5, 7, 10, 11, 11, 24, 41, 51, 77
60
Derrick Ramsey
70
1978-1987
rai-nwe-det
3, 9, 13, 30, 34, 49, 75, 79, 146
61
Ethan Horton
69
1985-1994
kan-rai-was
2, 10, 12, 14, 22, 26, 43, 54
62
Emery Moorehead
69
1977-1988
nyg-den-chi
8, 8, 17, 20, 21, 22, 27, 43, 53, 62, 67, 74
63
David Hill
66
1976-1987
det-ram
5, 9, 9, 11, 14, 14, 17, 25, 31, 31, 35, 52
64
Robert Awalt
65
1987-1993
crd-dal-buf
2, 10, 18, 36, 56, 57, 64
65
Tony McGee
60
1993-2003
cin-dal-nyg
5, 9, 10, 12, 13, 18, 24, 25, 31, 37, 124
66
Brent Celek
58
2007-2009
phi
4, 32, 43
67
Bubba Franks
57
2000-2008
gnb-nyj
4, 7, 9, 19, 22, 33, 39, 39, 70
68
Kyle Brady
57
1995-2007
nyj-jax-nwe
6, 10, 14, 18, 19, 21, 27, 29, 33, 38, 50, 52, 78
69
Ken Dilger
56
1995-2004
clt-tam
6, 7, 8, 10, 16, 18, 21, 22, 26, 33
70
Owen Daniels
56
2006-2009
htx
5, 7, 14, 17
71
John Spagnola
53
1979-1989
phi-sea-gnb
4, 10, 10, 11, 15, 29, 51, 52, 58, 71
72
Chad Lewis
53
1997-2005
phi-ram
5, 10, 15, 25, 30, 33, 35, 64, 100
73
Willie Frazier
51
1964-1975
hou-sdg-kan
3, 17, 34, 51
74
Cam Cleeland
51
1998-2005
nor-nwe-ram
3, 24, 26, 46, 58, 60, 76
75
Eric Johnson
50
2001-2007
sfo-nor
6, 15, 20, 23, 27
76
Heath Miller
49
2005-2009
pit
8, 8, 12, 13, 15
77
Calvin Magee
47
1985-1988
tam
7, 8, 30, 47
78
Visanthe Shiancoe
46
2003-2009
nyg-min
7, 9, 32, 49, 57, 61, 73
79
Junior Miller
46
1980-1984
atl-nor
2, 16, 21, 49, 54
80
Keith McKeller
45
1987-1993
buf
7, 8, 38, 56, 61, 75, 86
81
Milt Morin
45
1966-1975
cle
8, 10, 11, 15, 15, 47
82
Jermaine Wiggins
44
2000-2006
nyj-nwe-clt-car-min
8, 13, 19, 25, 30, 59, 60
83
Don Hasselbeck
44
1977-1985
nwe-rai-min-nyg
5, 24, 27, 32, 40, 47, 51, 61, 85
84
Reuben Gant
42
1974-1980
buf
5, 9, 27, 27, 39, 51, 54
85
Keith Krepfle
40
1975-1982
phi-atl
7, 8, 14, 17, 20, 40, 48, 66
86
Hoby Brenner
38
1981-1993
nor
7, 9, 11, 13, 17, 20, 28, 31, 32, 32, 34, 43, 56
87
Desmond Clark
38
1999-2009
den-mia-chi
5, 8, 13, 14, 16, 28, 30, 32, 41, 78, 92
88
David Sloan
36
1995-2003
det-nor
6, 9, 15, 30, 32, 39, 56, 64, 116
89
Pete Mitchell
32
1995-2002
jax-nyg-det
7, 9, 12, 14, 19, 28, 29, 72
90
Clint Didier
31
1982-1989
was-gnb
6, 15, 18, 33, 35, 43, 51, 52
91
Jay Riemersma
30
1997-2004
buf-pit
8, 8, 10, 13, 26, 28, 44, 50
92
Tom Mitchell
29
1966-1977
rai-clt-sfo
6, 12, 16, 16, 21, 23, 24, 30
93
Troy Drayton
29
1993-2000
ram-mia-kan
7, 10, 11, 15, 21, 22, 24, 46
94
Eric Sievers
28
1981-1990
sdg-ram-nwe
5, 12, 16, 17, 21, 28, 47, 70, 75, 151
95
Ferrell Edmunds
28
1988-1994
mia-sea
8, 9, 15, 21, 30, 36, 59
96
Kerry Cash
27
1991-1996
clt-rai-chi
6, 11, 22, 32, 70, 72
97
Doug Marsh
27
1980-1986
crd
7, 10, 22, 25, 29, 45, 45
98
Greg Olsen
26
2007-2009
chi
9, 10, 23
99
L.J. Smith
25
2003-2009
phi
9, 9, 14, 26, 28, 38, 83
100
Zeke Mowatt
24
1983-1991
nyg-nwe
7, 25, 26, 32, 36, 46, 52, 65

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