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78.  Ben Coates
Shannon Sharpe may be considered the best tight end of the 1990’s, but a consensus number two would likely be Ben Coates.  Coincidentally, the two would wrap up their careers at the star of the new millennium as teammates for the Baltimore Ravens in winning Super Bowl XXXV.

Ben Coates started slow, but once Bill Parcells entered the New England Patriots picture, Coates saw his receptions dramatically increase.  Coates was used as a reliable weapon in the Drew Bledsoe led offence and his sure hands allowed him to be the Patriots most reliable receiver.  He set receiving records for the tight end position (all since broken) and often had his best performances when the pressure was at its most highest.

When Ben Coates retired only Shannon Sharpe, Kellen Winslow and Ozzie Newsome had more catches from the Tight End position than he did.  Coates was a five time Pro Bowler but has yet to receive a nomination from the Hall.  Chances are that he will be on the wrong end of the Tight End bubble where it comes to Hall consideration.

Should Ben Coates be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 75.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 15.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 5.8%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 3.3%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Greenwood, South Carolina, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Sunday, 01 January 2006
  • Position: Tight End
  • Played For: New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens
  • College: Livingstone College
  • Drafted: 5th Round, 124th Overall in 1991
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Pro Bowl Selections (5) (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 & 1998)
    First Team All Pro Selections (2) (1994 & 1995)
    Second Team All Pro Selection (1) (1998)
    NFL 1990’s All Decade Team
    Super Bowl Rings (1) (Baltimore Ravens, Super Bowl XXXV)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Receptions (1) (1994)
    Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Yards (1) (1994)
    Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Touchdowns (3) (1993, 1996 & 1997)
    Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Yards/Game (1) (1994)

Should Ben Coates be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 75.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 15.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 5.8%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 3.3%
Last modified on Tuesday, 26 March 2019 16:58

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0 #2 John Doe 2019-03-25 06:11
Ben Coates was Gronk before Gronk.
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0 #1 Harry Mcneil 2016-12-11 22:37
Please correct he attended livingstone college in Salisbury NC. He is the Scholls HF jersey retired.
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