Baltimore Football: Top 10 Players Of All Time
6. John Mackey
When I told my Grandfather about this project, he made it quite clear that John Mackey had to be on the list. Mackey was a great tight end and he was one of the favorite targets of the great Johnny Unitas. Mackey had a big 6’2″ frame and he made some very incredible catches. He had soft hands that allowed him to catch seemingly everything.
From 1963-1971 he was a staple for the Colts and the symbol of consistency. Without Mackey the Colts may never have won Super Bowl V against the Dallas Cowboys. He had a 75 yard touchdown reception that sparked the Colts offense in a gritty defensive battle. Mackey was a go to player. When the Colts needed a big play they would turn to him.
Mackey caught 331 passes for 5,236 yards and 38 touchdowns. He was a Pro Bowl player five times and he was an All-Pro three times in his nine years with the Colts. He also played one season with the San Diego Chargers. Mackey was a great tight end. He was a willing blocker, a great offensive weapon and he was as dependable as anybody in the NFL. Mackey paved the way for many tight ends to follow his example.
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