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National Tight Ends Day
October 23, 2023
National Tight Ends Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in October, this year it will be celebrated on October 23. In American football, arena football, and Canadian football, the tight end is a position on the offensive team. Tight end is a position that combines elements of both offensive lineman and wide receiver. They line up on the offensive line like offensive linemen and have the size and strength to be good blockers. On the other hand, unlike offensive linemen, they are capable receivers who draw the attention of the defense when running pass patterns.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL TIGHT ENDS DAY
The tight end was once considered to be of little importance in the passing game. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, and even into the 1970s and 1980s, the tight end’s primary responsibility was to block for the quarterback. The rise of the tight end position throughout the 1940s and ’50s is intimately linked to the demise of the one-platoon system.
The tight end’s role in any particular offense is highly dependent on the head coach’s tactical preferences and philosophy, as well as the dynamics of the entire squad. The San Francisco 49ers’ tight end George Kittle played a role, but it was their quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo who came up with National Tight Ends Day. Although Kittle took the idea and ran with it, Garoppolo energized his teammates for more than one play. From then on, every game became National Tight Ends Day for Kittle, and he celebrated it every year. His response to that simple words spurred him to prepare more intelligently, work more, and be the most effective teammate he could be.
When the Chicago Bears selected Mike Ditka with the fifth overall pick in the 1961 N.F.L. draft, the modern-day tight end was truly created. He made history when he established himself as the first tight end to put up significant receiving numbers. In recognition of San Francisco’s special day, the National Football League designated the fourth Sunday in October as National Tight Ends Day.