Celek in August 2009
No. 87 Philadelphia Eagles
|Date of birth:January 25, 1985|
|Place of birth: Cincinnati, Ohio|
|High school: Cincinnati (OH) La Salle|
|NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 5 / Pick: 162|
|Debuted in 2007 for the Philadelphia Eagles|
|Roster status: Active|
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Brent Steven Celek (//; 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.
Celek is the son of Steve and Debbie Celek and the oldest of five children. He 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.
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. 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.
2007 NFL Combine
|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|
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. He signed a four-year contract with the team on May 30, 2007.
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.
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.
Celek signed six-year contract extension on December 1, 2009, that keeps him under contract as an Eagle until after the 2016 season.
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.
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.
Celek finished the season with 57 receptions for 684 yards and one touchdown.
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. In the opening round playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints, Celek caught two passes on three targets for 16 yards.
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).
Brent's brother, Garrett, played tight end at Michigan State under coach Mark Dantonio, who coached Brent when he played for Cincinnati. After going undrafted, Garrett signed with the San Francisco 49ers.
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