One of the toughest and most reliable players in Eagles history, Brent Celek spent his entire 11-year career (2007-17) in Philadelphia, totaling 398 receptions for 4,998 yards (12.6 yards per catch), and 31 touchdowns in 175 regular-season games (132 starts). He was a member of five playoff teams, catching 27 passes for 257 yards (9.5 avg.) and three touchdowns in nine postseason appearances (seven starts), including the Eagles' 41-33 victory over New England in Super Bowl LII – the final game of his illustrious career.
Celek, who missed only one contest during his 11-year career, ranks fourth on the Eagles' all-time list in regular-season games played (175, first among tight ends), trailing only David Akers (188), Brian Dawkins (183), and Harold Carmichael (180). From 2007-17, there was no other tight end in the NFL who combined for more regular-season and postseason games (184) than Celek.
Additionally, Celek ranks fourth on Philadelphia's all-time receptions list (398), behind Harold Carmichael (589), Pete Retzlaff (452), and Brian Westbrook (426). His 4,998 receiving yards are the eighth most in franchise history, trailing only Harold Carmichael (8,978), Pete Retzlaff (7,412), Mike Quick (6,464), DeSean Jackson (6,117), Pete Pihos (5,619), Tommy McDonald (5,499), and Bobby Walston (5,363).
In 2009, Celek registered career highs in receptions (76), receiving yards (971) and receiving touchdowns (8). Among tight ends in Eagles history, only Pete Retzlaff (1,190 yards and 10 touchdowns in 1965) has recorded more receiving yards and touchdowns in a single season.
Celek also owns the Eagles' playoff record for single-game receptions after posting a career-high 10 catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns in the NFC Championship Game at Arizona on January 18, 2009. His two touchdowns from that game are tied for a team postseason mark shared by Fred Barnett, Harold Carmichael, Alshon Jeffery, and Chad Lewis.
A native of Cincinnati, Celek was originally selected by Philadelphia in the fifth round (162nd overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft following a decorated career at the University of Cincinnati. Celek earned all-conference honors with the Bearcats and finished with the third-most receptions (91) and touchdowns (14) by a tight end in school history.
Statement from Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie
"Brent Celek embodies everything it means to be a Philadelphia Eagle. He will obviously be remembered as one of the most accomplished tight ends in Eagles history, but his impact on our franchise goes far beyond the statistics he compiled over the course of his career. Brent was one of the toughest, smartest, and most selfless players who has ever stepped on the field for us. He led by example not just in the way he played the game, but also in how he prepared and the way he carried himself around the building and in the community. He was genuine, honest and accountable and he always represented the organization with class. He gave everything he had to the team. No matter what he was asked to do, Brent always embraced his role in a way that set a wonderful example for his teammates and young athletes everywhere. It was a pleasure watching him grow into the player and man that he became. There is nobody more deserving to finish his career as a Super Bowl Champion. We are excited for him and his family as they embark on the next stage of their lives. Our doors are always open to Brent and he will be an Eagle forever."
Take a look back at the best photos from the illustrious career of tight end Brent Celek.