As he begins his 17th season, veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis of the Green Bay Packers is on the verge of breaking an NFL record. Lewis will tie Jason Witten and Tony Gonzalez for the most seasons played by a tight end if he is still on the roster come Week 1. Lewis hopes to continue working until 2023 in order to shatter the record. He continues to be the only first-round choice to catch an Aaron Rodgers touchdown throw as of right now.
Lewis added, according to the team’s official website, “This year, I’ll tie the record. Breaking it would be fantastic, after which I would think, ok, I’ve done that. Particularly for a tight end, eighteen seems strange.” Lewis was selected in the first round out of UCLA in 2006 and played in Jacksonville for his first 12 seasons until joining the Packers in 2018. Following the recent retirement of Baltimore Ravens punter Sam Koch, the 38-year-old is the final member from the 2006 draft class who is still playing.