Look up any receiving record for the Kansas City Chiefs and sure enough you’ll find Tony Gonzalez at the top. The Chiefs season may be over but when a future Hall of Famer who contributed as much as he did to the Chiefs is still going, a celebration is at hand. Tony Gonzalez played for the Chiefs for 12 seasons.
We all know Gonzalez will make the Hall of Fame one day, but there was always something missing on his resume. Similar to O.J. Simpson, he never won a playoff game in his career. Well that’s all over now. The Atlanta Falcons defeated the Seattle Seahawks in a 30-28 thriller. On the Falcons final drive Gonzalez made a clutch 19 yard catch to set up the game winning field goal.
Gonzalez was drafted by the Chiefs in 1997. In 12 seasons with the Chiefs, Gonzalez caught over 900 catches for nearly 11,000 yards. He also caught a touchdown 76 times times as a Chief. All are franchise records. Gonzalez was 0-3 in playoff games as a member of the Chiefs, but who could blame him. Two of those losses were to Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts and the other was to John Elway and the Denver Broncos. Two of those three teams went on to win the Superbowl. Let’s also not forget that Gonzalez never had an elite quarterback throwing to him.
Gonzalez says he “plans on retiring” after this season. He will leave behind a Hall of Fame legacy and will be remembered as one of the greatest Chiefs of all time. Sorry Tony, Len Dawson is still #1. He will also be remembered as one of the greatest tight ends of all time along with Terrel Davis, Kellen Winslow Sr. and others.