New York: John Mackey
Rob Gronkowski may be the best tight end of all-time, but it only seems appropriate to honor his fellow New Yorker John Mackey as the best player to come out of the Empire State. After playing his college ball at Syracuse, Mackey revolutionized the tight end position in the NFL. He blended both size and speed and turned the position into a part of the passing game.
Mackey played 10 seasons in the NFL, going to five Pro Bowls and missing just one game due to injury. He was named to the NFL’s 1960s All-Decade Team and was also the first president of the NFL Players Association, making a lasting impact both on and off the field.
Runners Up: Rob Gronkowski, Art Monk, Kevin Greene