Eifert in 2013
|No. 85 Cincinnati Bengals|
|Date of birth:||September 8, 1990|
|Place of birth:||Fort Wayne, Indiana|
|Height:||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Weight:||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school:||Fort Wayne (IN) Bishop Dwenger|
|NFL draft:||2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics as of Week 1, 2014
|Stats at NFL.com|
Tyler Gregory Eifert (born September 8, 1990) is an American football tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Notre Dame, received All-American honors, and was recognized as the top college tight end. Eifert was drafted by the Bengals in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Eifert attended Saint Vincent De Paul Catholic School and Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He played tight end and defensive back in football and power forward in basketball. As a senior he had nine touchdowns on offense and 97 tackles and five interceptions on defense. Considered only a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, he chose Notre Dame over offers from Indiana, Minnesota and Purdue.
Eifert enrolled in the University of Notre Dame, where he played for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team from 2009 to 2012. As a freshman in 2009, Eifert played in only one game after suffering a back injury. As a sophomore in 2010 he entered the season as a backup to Kyle Rudolph, but took over as the starter after Rudolph suffered a season-ending injury. He finished the season with 27 receptions for 352 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games. In his junior season, he took over the starting position. As a starter, Eifert had 63 receptions for 803 yards and five touchdowns. He broke the school's tight end single season receptions and receiving yards record, previously held by Ken MacAfee. He was named a 2011 Mackey Award finalist, but did not win the award. As a senior, he had 50 receptions for 685 yards with 4 touchdowns. He also won the 2012 Mackey Award after being named a finalist the year before, and was also named second team All-American by the Associated Press.
After a 42-14 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game, Eifert decided to forgo his final season of eligibility and declared his intentions to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
2013 NFL Draft
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 5 3⁄4 in||250 lb||33 1⁄8 in||9 1⁄8 in||4.65 s||1.65 s||2.69 s||4.32 s||6.92 s||35 1⁄2 in||9 ft 11 in||22 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine|
On July 15, 2013, Eifert signed a 4 year/$8.25 million contract with the Bengals. He caught 39 passes for 445 yards and two touchdowns in his first season with the team.
During his first game of the 2014 season against the Baltimore Ravens, Eifert suffered a dislocated elbow after landing awkwardly on his arm while trying to twist out of a leg tackle by safety Darian Stewart. He was placed on injured reserve on September 10th, expected to miss at least eight weeks.
His father, Greg, played basketball for Purdue during the early 1980s.
- Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert likely out for season
- Kyle Rudolph out for season
- ESPN.com stats
- Post BCS loss, Tyler Eifert declares for the draft