Former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez had a lot of potential with the team until injuries slowed him down and eventually caused him to leave the game of football.
The former Ohio State Buckeyes star was taken in the first round by the Colts five years ago in hoping to be the team’s next big slot receiver after Brandon Stokley left. He would end up having some solid seasons in his first two years with quarterback Peyton Manning, hauling in 94 passes for 1,240 yards until injuries from 2009-11 made things stop.
Gonzalez was eventually cut by the Colts this past off-season as the team began cleaning the house as they entered a new era under head coach Chuck Pagano and with young rookie quarterback Andrew Luck leading the way.
Gonzalez was given a chance to redeem himself this past off-season when he was picked up by the New England Patriots. However, more injuries came with a sports hernia, wisdom teeth surgery and a virus which forced the Pats to cut him in May. With that, the 28-year-old called it quits on football.
“One hundred million percent, no doubt,” he said on moving from football in an interview with the Indianapolis Star.
Gonzalez graduated from Ohio State in 2007 and is now going to graduate school to begin a new stage in his life as he is taking classes at Stanford University.
Looking back it, he’s happy his career ended back in May.
“I’m actually happy they released me,” Gonzalez said. “My body definitely was and still is telling me you shouldn’t be playing professional sports right now.”
It’s sad to see that Gonzalez is no longer an athlete, as professional sports wasn’t cut out with injuries. However, at least he begins a new, better, safer and healthier life now.