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Tyler Gregory Eifert is an American football tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He was born on September 8, 1990. He played college football at the University of Notre Dame, received all American honours, and was recognised as the top college tight end.
In his early years, 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 offence and 97 tackles and five interceptions on defence. Considered only a three-star recruit by Rivals com, he chose Notre Dame over offers from Indiana, Minnesota, and Purdue.
In Eifert’s college years, he enrolled at 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, he 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.He broke the school’s tight end single-season receptions and receiving yards records, previously held by MacAfee. He was named as 2011 Mackey Award finalist but did not win the award. As a senior, he had 50 receptions for 685 yards with four touchdowns. He also won the 2012 Mackey Award after being named a finalist the year before, as was also named second-team All-American by the Associated Press.
Eifert signed a four-year, $8.25 million contract with the Bengals on July 15, 2013. 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 and ended up being out of the season.
On a Monday night, hundreds turned to charter plane flights to see the Cincinnati Bengals scourged the Pittsburgh Steelers. The game showed that the two new receivers Cincinnati have acquired show huge promise, especially in their manhandling of the ageing Pittsburgh Steelers. The Bengal’s rushing game was highlighted by Green-Ellis with 22 carries for 75 yards. Also, Tyler Eifert made a 61-yard catch, which caught the flagging Pittsburgh’s defence wide open. This allowed Bernard to make his first NFL touchdown on the next play. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, seemed to struggle from the onset and continued struggling, outside of their receiver E, Sanders, who caught five receptions for a total of 78 yards. The game ended with Cincinnati over Pittsburgh 20-10.