Mark Bavaro

A prototype for the modern NFL tight end with two trips to the Super Bowl on his resume.

A mainstay on the New York Giants during the 1986 and 1990 Super Bowl champion seasons, few tight ends in NFL history can match Mark Bavaro’s overall skills, toughness, will to win and knack for making clutch plays.

Over nine NFL seasons – six with the Giants, one with the Cleveland Browns, and two with the Philadelphia Eagles – Bavaro caught 351 passes for an impressive 4,733 yards and 39 touchdowns, averaging over 13 yards-per-catch.

He enjoyed his best seasons bookending the Giants trip to the 1987 Super Bowl. In 1986, he caught 65 balls for 1,001 yards; he followed that campaign with 55 catches for 867 yards in 1987. After both years, he earned a trip to the Pro Bowl.

He earned induction into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.