Brent Celek

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Brent Celek
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Celek in August 2009
No. 87 Philadelphia Eagles
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-01-25) January 25, 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth: Cincinnati, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school: Cincinnati (OH) La Salle
College: Cincinnati
NFL draft: 2007 / Round: 5 / Pick: 162
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2015
Receptions: 371
Receiving yards: 4,713
Receiving average: 12.7
Receiving TDs: 30
Player stats at

Brent Steven Celek (/ˈsɛlk/; born January 25, 1985) is an American football tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Eagles in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Cincinnati.

Early years

Celek played high school football at La Salle High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was named first-team all-district as both a junior and senior. He set a school record after catching a pass for 89 yards. He also lettered in track two years in the shot put and discus.[1]

College career

Celek played college football for the Cincinnati Bearcats, the first year under head coach Rick Minter and the following three seasons under Mark Dantonio. He won the UC Claude Rost Award (Most Valuable Player) and was a second-team All-Big East Conference selection.[1] His four-year totals were 91 receptions for 1,135 yards (a 12.5 average) and 14 touchdowns, with the Bearcats earning victories his senior year in the International Bowl and his sophomore season in the Fort Worth Bowl.[2]

Professional career

2007 NFL Combine

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4 in 255 lb 4.79 s 1.64 s 2.75 s 4.31 s 7.20 s 33 in 9 ft 4 in 19 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Philadelphia Eagles

Celek (#87) in a game against the Washington Redskins on October 16, 2011.

2007 season

After not being invited to the 2007 NFL Scouting Combine, Celek was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round (162nd overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft.[3] He signed a four-year contract with the team on May 30, 2007.[4]

2008 season

In 2008, Celek set franchise records for yards in a game with 131 in week 9 and receptions in a playoff game with 10 in the 2009 NFC Championship game. He caught two touchdowns in that game against the Arizona Cardinals, and his 19 catches during the 2008-09 NFL playoffs were the third most in NFL history for a tight end.[5]

2009 season

Celek became the starting tight end for the Eagles after L. J. Smith departed via free agency to the Baltimore Ravens in 2009.[6]

After scoring a touchdown in a week 9 game at home against the Dallas Cowboys, Celek was penalized for excessive celebration after teammate Jason Avant lifted his leg in order to impersonate the mascot for Captain Morgan rum. After the incident, the NFL quickly banned what turned out to be a covert ad campaign allegedly put on by the company, whereas any NFL player that is caught striking the "Captain Morgan" pose on camera during a regular season game would result in a donation of $10,000 to the Gridiron Greats, a non-profit which helps retired NFL players with various hardships after leaving the game. The league chose not to penalize Celek, but stated that any future incident will be punished.[7]

Celek signed six-year contract extension on December 1, 2009, that keeps him under contract as an Eagle until after the 2016 season.[8]

On December 27, 2009 in week 16 against the Denver Broncos, Celek made four catches for 121 yards and a touchdown, his third 100-yard game of the season. His 47-yard touchdown catch was the longest of his career.

After having a breakout year with 76 catches (a team-high), 971 yards and eight touchdowns, Celek was named to the 2009 USA Today All-Joe Team. His 76 catches are the most in team history for a tight end. However, 11 year starting quarterback Donovan McNabb was traded, and Celek has yet to duplicate the same level of chemistry with any other quarterback.

2010 season

In the 2010 season, Celek caught 42 passes for 511 yards and 4 touchdowns, including a then career-long 65-yard touchdown against the New York Giants in Week 15.

2011 season

Celek ended the season with 811 receiving yards, as quarterback Michael Vick's favorite target. He was one of three Eagle offensive players to start all 16 games, along with right tackle Todd Herremans and rookie center Jason Kelce. During the offseason, Celek was involved in a DUI car accident. He was the passenger of the car. No one was hurt.[9]

2012 season

Celek finished the season with 57 receptions for 684 yards and one touchdown.[10]

2013 season

There was much anticipation going into the season due to the Eagles' hiring of Chip Kelly to replace longtime head coach Andy Reid. Celek finished the regular season with 32 receptions for 502 yards and six touchdowns after scoring a touchdown in each of the final two weeks.[11] In the opening round playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints, Celek caught two passes on three targets for 16 yards.

2014 season

Going into the 2014 season, his eighth in the NFL, Celek stood second in Eagles team history in three tight end categories—all behind career leader Pete Retzlaff—in receiving yards (4,050), receptions (322), and touchdowns (26).[5] Despite being the teams starter, Celek only had 90 yards in the teams first eight games (three of those games had zero receptions), being used mostly for blocking. When Nick Foles went down due to injury, Celek saw more catches from backup Mark Sanchez, which was best showcased in a win over the Carolina Panthers, where he caught 5 passes for 116 yards. He also caught his lone touchdown of the season from Sanchez, a 1 yard catch against the Giants in Week 17. Celek finished the season with 32 receptions for 340 yards and 1 touchdown, which was less than half of teammate Zach Ertz's total.

2015 season

Despite Ertz's receiving ability, Brent Celek remained the Eagles #1 tight end due to his superior blocking ability. Similarly to 2014, Celek had an uneventful start, only getting 1 catch on 1 target for 6 yards in 3 games. However, in a week 4 divisional matchup against the Redskins, he scored his first touchdown of the season on a 10 yard catch and run from new quarterback Sam Bradford. Celek followed it up with 3 catches for 44 yards and another touchdown against the Saints. Celek only caught 2 passes for 11 yards in a game against the Panthers, and against the Cowboys he caught 0 passes. Celek did, however, make a crucial block on Dallas' defensive end Greg Hardy in overtime that allowed Bradford to throw the game winning touchdown. Celek exploded onto the scene with 4 catches for 134 yards in a week 10 matchup against the Miami Dolphins, followed by 7 catches for 79 yards against the Bucaneers, and 2 catches for 10 yards and a TD against the Lions. Mark Sanchez started 2 of these games, and played in all 3, although Bradford threw 3 of Celek's 4 catches against Miami. Despite having only 35 targets, 8th on the team, Celek finished the year with 27 catches for 398 yards (3rd on the team) and 3 touchdowns (T-2nd on the team)

On January 26, 2016, Celek signed a three-year contract extension with the Eagles for 13 million dollars, with $6 million guaranteed.[12]


Celek is the son of Steve and Debbie Celek and the oldest of five children. Brent's younger brother, Garrett, played tight end at Michigan State under coach Mark Dantonio, who coached Brent when he played for Cincinnati.[13] After going undrafted, Garrett signed with the San Francisco 49ers.


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  13. "#85 Garrett Celek". Michigan State Spartans Athletics. Retrieved December 1, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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