Happy National Tight Ends Day from Tight End U

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Happy National Tight Ends Day to all that celebrate.

And if you’re a fan of Notre Dame football either past or present, you’re likely a fan of the tight end as nobody has produced as much talent at the position for as long as Notre Dame.

In all, 25 Notre Dame tight ends have had their names called in the NFL draft, the most recent being Tommy Tremble who went in the third round of the 2021 NFL draft. He’s the most recent for Brian Kelly, who has seemingly put a tight end into the NFL every year.

According to ProFootballNetwork.com, National Tight End’s Day became a thing thanks to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

“We were on the sidelines after Celek’s score when Jimmy asked, ‘What is it, like National Tight Ends Day?.’ I was like, ‘yeah, it’s National Tight Ends Day. It’s a holiday. Tight ends all over the league are scoring touchdowns.’ That’s how it came to be. We just kind of rolled with it.”
– George Kittle, star tight end for San Francisco 49ers

So let’s take a look at just a few of the great tight ends that have played for Notre Dame aka Tight End U over the years.

Aug 9, 2015; Canton, OH, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) makes a catch while being tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Shayon Green (49) and inside linebacker Ryan Shazier (50) during the first quarter at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports


Sep 28, 2019; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Cole Kmet (84) celebrates after a catch in the second quarter as Virginia Cavaliers cornerback Nick Grant (1) defends at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports


Sep 9, 2006; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end (89) John Carlson is tackled by Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker (40) Dan Connor in the first quarter at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports © copyright Matthew Emmons


SAN FRANCISCO – JANUARY 20: Tight end Mark Bavaro #89 of the New York Giants runs with the ball against linebacker Keith DeLong #59 and cornerback Darryl Pollard #26 of the San Francisco 49ers in the 1990 NFC Championship game at Candlestick Park on January 20, 1991 in San Francisco, California. The Giants won 15-13. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)


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Jan 2, 1989; Tempe, AZ, USA; FILE PHOTO; Notre Dame Irish tight end Derek Brown (86) in action against West Virginia Mountaineers defenders Alvoid Mays (3), Preston Waters (5) and Bo Orlando (22) during the 1989 National Championship Fiesta Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium. Notre Dame defeated West Virginia 34-21. Mandatory Credit: Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY NETWORK


Jan 9, 1977; Pasadena, CA, USA; FILE PHOTO; Oakland Raiders tight end Dave Casper (87) catches a touchdown pass against the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI at the Rose Bowl. The Raiders defeated the Vikings 32-14. Mandatory Credit: David Boss-USA TODAY Sports


Oct 15, 2005; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end #88 Anthony Fasano gains yardage after a catch against the Southern California Trojans at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. The Trojans defeated the Irish 34-31. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Joe Robbins-USA TODAY Sports (c) 2005 by Joe Robbins


Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Ben Koyack (83) runs after a catch as Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Vince Williams (98) and cornerback Artie Burns (25) defend during the first quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Jacksonville won 45-42. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports


Brian Kelly feels good about sophomore tight end Kevin Bauman returning in the next couple weeks after Bauman broke a leg bone earlier this fall. AP Photo/Keith Srakocic


Brian Kelly says tight end Michael Mayer is near 100% and looked “really good” during weight training in the last week. Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports


Nov 15, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins tight end Durham Smythe (81) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


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Aug 15, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Carolina Panthers tight end Tommy Tremble (82) celebrates his touchdown with teammates in the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports


Oct 13, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Tyler Eifert (80) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Stanford Cardinal cornerbacks Devon Carrington (5) and Terrence Brown (6) at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame defeats Stanford in overtime 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports


Aug 31, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Troy Niklas (85) breaks away to score a touchdown against the Temple Owls at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports


Oct 3, 2009; Notre Dame, IN, US; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end (9) Kyle Rudolph catches the go ahead touchdown late in the 4th quarter against Washington Huskies cornerback (28) Quinton Richardson at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame defeated Washington 37-30 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports


Sep 21, 1991; South Bend, IN, USA; FILE PHOTO; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tide end Irv Smith (84) against the Michigan State Spartans at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports


Sep 2, 2019; Louisville, KY, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Tommy Tremble (24) scores a touchdown against the Louisville Cardinals during the third quarter at Cardinal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports


Sept. 19, 2009; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Kyle Rudolph (9) catches a pass for the game winning touchdown as Purdue Boilermakers safety Dwight Mclean (4) defends in the fourth quarter at Ross-Ade Stadium. Notre Dame won 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports


Southern California safety Xavion Alford (29) breaks up a pass intended for Notre Dame tight end Michael Mayer (87) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


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