Tight end: Jackie Smith (1963-77)

Tight end: Jackie Smith (1963-77)

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Jackie Smith

St. Louis end Jackie Smith gathers in a 19-yard pass from quarterback Buddy Humphrey in the first quarter of the Cardinal-Washington Redskins game in St. Louis on Oct. 24, 1965. Paul Krause (26) moves in on the play for the Redskins. (AP Photo)

Known as the "practically perfect" tight end, Smith could run past or through defenders and was an excellent blocker. During an era when tight ends weren't featured as much in the passing game, Smith (in a 1965 game, above) had seven seasons of 40-plus catches. The five-time Pro Bowler was only the third tight end to make the Hall of Fame.

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