Will Tony Gonzalez Be Remembered As an Atlanta Falcon or Kansas City Chief?

By Devin O'Barr
Tony Gonzalez faces old team
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Tony Gonzalez had a lot of Atlanta Falcons fans fooled when he announced he was 99.5% sure that the 2012 season would be his last in the NFL. The former Kansas City Chief has been in the league for 16 seasons, but has yet to bring home the illustrious Lombardi Trophy.

If you can recall, Gonzalez was the 13th overall pick by the Chiefs in the 1997 NFL draft–the surefire Hall of Fame tight end was passed actually passed up by the Falcons who selected Michael Booker with the 11th pick. Either way, the Chiefs got a steal with Gonzalez, and although he was not able to bring a championship to town, he reached the Pro Bowl 10 out of his 12 years with the team.

Looking at the statistics, it’s no question that Gonzalez had his best seasons with the Chiefs. While in Kansas City, Gonzalez racked up 76 touchdowns and averaged more yards and receptions a game than he has with the Falcons.

Unfortunately for diehard Chiefs fans, Gonzalez was far away from the spotlight while he was in the AFC West. The California Bear alum also never won a postseason game while suiting up for the Chiefs. Remembering someone in a specific uniform is purely subjective, but if someone wins a Super Bowl with one club, it’s hard to see them wearing any other colors.

Currently, the Falcons looked poised to reel in the Lombardi Trophy in 2013 and while it is almost a year away, what if Gonzalez wins a Super Bowl with the Falcons? Would that forever cement his legacy as a Falcon or would he still remain a Chief in most fan’s eyes? This is obviously a hypothetical question, however when Gonzalez gets inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, I wonder what team the majority of America will remember him with.

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