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Anthony G. Becht (born August 8, 1977 in ) is an American football tight end for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. He was drafted by the New York Jets 27th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at West Virginia.

Becht has also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and St. Louis Rams.

Early years

Becht, a graduate of Monsignor Bonner High Schoolmarker in Drexel Hill, was 6'5" and 205 pounds coming out of high school. Becht was an all-city, all-Catholic conference and all-county selection as a senior after recording 47 receptions for 693 yards. Becht accepted a football scholarship from West Virginia.

College career

At the end of Becht's college career, he ranked second among tight ends at the school with 83 catches for 1,173 yards, a 14.1 average of yards per catch, and 10 touchdowns. Becht was an honorable mention for All-American as a senior and was named second-team All-Big East as a junior and senior, along with being team captain and MVP. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing

Professional career

New York Jets

Becht was selected by the Jets with a traded draft pick from Tampa Bay. As a rookie in 2000 for the Jets, Becht played in 14 games, missing two due to an ankle sprain. He was a starter for 10 games and totaled 16 receptions for 144 yards and two touchdowns on the season. Becht ranked third among the rookie tight ends with receptions, behind Green Bay's Bubba Franks and Cleveland's Aaron Shea.

In 2001, Becht started all 16 games and recorded 36 receptions for 321 yards and five TDs. He tied former Jets' tight end Kyle Brady for the most receptions by an AFC tight end. His five scores were only beat by Colts' Marcus Pollard and Chiefs' Tony Gonzalez. Becht recorded consecutive game-winning touchdown catches in weeks 13 and 14.

In 2002, Becht once again starter all 16 games and tallied 28 receptions, 243 yards, and a career-high tying five scores. Becht caught one pass for eight yards and served as a key blocker in the 41-0 win over the Colts in the AFC Wild Card playoff game and recorded three receptions for 14 yards in the AFC Divisional Playoff loss at Oakland.

In 2003, Becht set career-highs of 40 receptions for 356 yards and he included four TD catches while starting all sixteen games once again. Becht caught a career-best six passes, including a one-yard touchdown, and gained 32 yards at Miami in the season finale.

As his final season as a Jet in 2004, Becht had a career-low 13 receptions, for also lows of 100 yards and only 1 touchdown. In New Yorkmarker, Becht totaled 1,146 yards receiving with 17 touchdowns off of 133 receptions.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In his first year in Tampa Baymarker in 2005, Becht recorded 16 receptions, much like his rookie year, 112 yards but no touchdowns as his career began to slide downward. Becht competed with rookie Alex Smith for the tight end spot, who the Bucs picked up in the 2005 NFL Draft.

In 2006, Becht saw himself being replaced by the rookie, Smith. Still, Becht grabbed 18 receptions for 115 yards and a score, from mainly rookie Bruce Gradkowski.

In 2007, Becht's productivity decreased even more. He finished the season with only 5 receptions for 20 yards and 2 touchdowns.

St. Louis Rams

On March 6, 2008 he signed with the St. Louis Rams. Becht joined fellow-former Mountaineers Marc Magro and Marc Bulger on the Rams squad. Becht played one season with the team before his release on March 12, 2009.

Arizona Cardinals

Becht signed with the Arizona Cardinals on March 19, 2009.


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