Former Jets TE, Pro Bowler Caster dies at 75

Former Jets TE, Pro Bowler Caster dies at 75

Feb 05, 2024 by ESPN

Key Facts

  • Caster, a second-round pick of the Jets in 1970 out of Jackson State, caught 322 passes for 5,515 yards and 45 touchdowns during his NFL career.
  • The 6-foot-5, 228-pound Caster entered the league as a wide receiver who ran a 4.5 40-yard dash, but was later switched to tight end by coach Weeb Ewbank because of his combination of size and speed.
  • "The general approach from most teams defensively was to try to cover the tight end with a linebacker," Caster recalled in an interview with the Jets' website in 2018.
  • "I'm most proud of being able to play as long as I did, getting 13 years in the league during a period where the career average was a heck of a lot less than 13," Caster told the Jets' website.

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