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The Greatest Tight End in Every NFL Franchise’s History

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Arizona Cardinals

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Jackie Smith

Jackie Smith played tight end for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1963 to 1977. He has career marks of 480 receptions, 7,918 yards, and 40 touchdowns. Smith was a talented receiver, a punishing blocker, a fierce competitor and an excellent runner after he caught the ball. He even handled the Cardinals’ punting chores his first three seasons. Smith had a string of 45 straight games from 1967 to 1970 with at least one reception. He played in 121 straight games, starting with his first NFL contest until a knee injury sidelined him in his ninth season in 1971. Injuries slowed him again in 1975 and 1976 but Smith still played in 198 games. He was selected to five straight Pro Bowls, and was named All-NFL in 1967 and 1969. He had his single-season best performance in 1967 when he had 56 receptions for 1,205 yards and nine touchdowns. About a half century later, Jackie Smith is still easily the best tight end in Cardinals history – and that probably won’t change for a long time.