Garrett Celek
Celek with the San Francisco 49ers in 2015
No. 88     
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-05-29) May 29, 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth: Cincinnati, Ohio
Career information
College: Michigan State
Undrafted in 2012
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* San Francisco 49ers ( 2012–present)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receptions     82
Receiving yards     1,104
Receiving touchdowns     12

Garrett Bartholomew Celek[1] (born May 29, 1988)[1] is an American football tight end for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Michigan State. Celek signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent on May 4, 2012. He is the brother of former Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek

Early yearsEdit

Celek attended La Salle High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he played on the football team and was selected to the PrepStar's All-Midwest Team.[2]

College careerEdit

In his freshman year, he played in 12 games, notching 6 receptions, 50 receiving yards, and a receiving touchdown. On September 20, 2008, he caught 2 receptions for 15 yards against Notre Dame to help Michigan State win the game, 23–7.[3]

In his sophomore year, he played in 10 games and he recorded 3 receptions for 33 yards and a touchdown. On October 10, 2009, he had 2 receptions for 20 yards against Illinois, in a 24–14 Michigan State victory.[4]

In his junior year, he played in the first two games on the season, with his performance of September 11, 2010, against Florida Atlantic netting his season total of 2 receptions and 17 receiving yards against as Michigan State won, 30–17.[5]

In his senior year, he played in 14 games and recorded 3 receptions, 35 receiving yards, and one receiving touchdown.[2] On September 10, 2011, he had one reception for 8 yards and a touchdown against Florida Atlantic as Michigan State won, 44–0.[6]

In his college career, he played four seasons at Michigan State. He played in 38 games, including 12 starts. He recorded 14 receptions, 135 receiving yards, and 3 receiving touchdowns during his tenure.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Coming out of college, Celek was projected by NFL Draft experts and analysts from and to be drafted in the sixth or seventh round. He was rated as the 13th-best tight end available in the Draft, out of the 73 available by Although he was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, he did participate at Cincinnati's Pro Day.[7]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4⅜ in 250 lb 4.72 s 1.66 s 2.67 s 4.49 s 7.12 s 34 in 9 ft 11 in 19 reps

2012 seasonEdit

On April 29, 2012, the San Francisco 49ers signed Celek as an undrafted free agent after he went unselected in the 2012 NFL Draft. He was signed to a three-year, $1.44 million contract.[8][9] On September 1, 2012, he earned a spot on the 53-man roster. He began his rookie season as the fourth tight end on the depth chart behind veteran Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker, and Demarcus Dobbs.[10][11] On October 7, 2012, he made his first career reception against the Buffalo Bills after making his debut against the New York Jets the previous week. He finished his rookie season with four catches for 51 receiving yards and appeared in 13 regular-season contests. The 49ers finished with an 11–4–1 record in his rookie year and he appeared in Super Bowl XLVII, losing to the Baltimore Ravens.[12][13]

2013 seasonEdit

During the offseason, the San Francisco 49ers acquired wide receiver Anquan Boldin in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens. Celek gave the No. 81 jersey he wore as a rookie to Boldin as Boldin had worn it his entire career.[14]

Celek began the 2013 regular season as the third tight end behind veteran Vernon Davis and rookie Vance McDonald.[10] He appeared in the season opener and started the following week, but did not make his first catch of the season until Week 3. During that game he only made one reception for 30 yards in the 49ers' 7–27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Celek finished his second season with two catches for 38 yards in 12 games and one start. On January 5, 2014, he made his first career catch in the postseason after catching a pass from Colin Kaepernick and taking it for six yards during a victory over the Green Bay Packers.[15] The San Francisco 49ers made it to the NFC Championship game that season, but lost to the eventual Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks, by a score of 23–17.[16]

2014 seasonEdit

Celek started the 2014 season, missing the first 11 games with back and hamstring injuries. On November 27, he started his first game of the season during a loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The next game, he made his first catch of the season and finished with one reception for 22 yards during a 24–13 loss to the Oakland Raiders. After returning, Celek was placed on injured reserve after suffering an ankle injury during a Week 15 loss to the Seahawks.[17] Celek was limited to two receptions and 53 receiving yards during the 2014 season and started one game while only appearing in three.[16]

2015 seasonEdit

On March 7, 2015, Celek signed a one-year, $710,000 contract to remain with the 49ers. The contract also included a $25,000 signing bonus.[8][18]

Celek began his first season under new head coach Jim Tomsula remaining as the third tight end behind both Davis and McDonald.[10] He started the 49ers' season opener against the Minnesota Vikings, finishing the 20-3 win with a season-high three receptions and 40 receiving yards. On October 11, 2015, against the New York Giants, Celek caught a 5-yard reception from Colin Kaepernick for his first NFL touchdown. On November 8, 2015, he caught two passes for 12 yards and a season-high two touchdowns during a 17–16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Celek finished 2015 with a total of 19 receptions, 186 receiving yards, and three touchdown receptions while starting 8 games and appearing in 11.[16]

2016 seasonEdit

On February 24, 2016, the 49ers signed Celek to a four-year, $10.20 million contract with $3.50 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $2.50 million.[8]

In his first season under new head coach Chip Kelly, Celek was named the second tight end behind Vance McDonald to begin the season.[10] In the season-opening 28-0 victory over the Los Angeles Rams, Celek made one reception for 15 yards. On October 2, 2016, he made a career-high five receptions for a career-high 79 receiving yards during the 49ers' 24-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. On November 27, he caught two passes for 19 yards and a 4-yard touchdown pass from Colin Kaepernick for his first touchdown of the season during a 24-31 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Celek finished the season with 29 receptions for 350 receiving yards and three touchdowns in 16 games and six starts.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Celek is the son of Steve and Debbie Celek and is one of six children. He is the younger brother of former Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek, who also played under former San Francisco 49ers' head coach Chip Kelly in Philadelphia.[2]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Garrett Celek's Michigan State profile". Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  3. "Notre Dame 7, Michigan State 23 Box Score". Archived from the original on March 25, 2014. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  4. "Michigan State 24, Illinois 14 Box Score". Archived from the original on January 18, 2014. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  5. "Florida Atlantic 17, Michigan State 30 Box Score". Archived from the original on March 25, 2014. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  6. "Florida Atlantic 0, (17) Michigan State 44 Box Score". Archived from the original on March 25, 2014. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  7. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named scout
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 " Garrett Celek contracts".
  9. "49ers Announce Undrafted Free Agents". Retrieved May 4, 2012.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 " San Francisco 49er's Depth Chart".
  11. "San Francisco 49ers: 53-man roster". Retrieved September 1, 2012.
  12. Trenton Robinson and Garrett Celek | MSU Spartans in the 2013 Super Bowl; curated by the MSU Alumni Association Knowledge Network
  13. "Super Bowl XLVII - San Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens - February 3rd, 2013" (in en).
  14. "Take a number: For Boldin, it’s No. 81 that belonged to Celek (and T.O.)". Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  15. "Wild Card - San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers - January 5th, 2014" (in en).
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 "NFL Player Profile: Garrett Celek".
  17. Staff, 49ers. "49ers Sign RB Phillip Tanner, Place TE Garrett Celek on IR". Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  18. Fucillo, David (March 6, 2015). "Report: 49ers sign Nelson, Celek to extensions".
  19. "Garrett Celek 2016 Game Log" (in en).

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