“The tight end I would like to mimic is (Tony) Gonzalez. He’s consistent,” Finley said, according to ESPNWisconsin.com. “That’s where I would like to take my game.”
Considering Gonzalez is a future Hall of Famer, and arguably the greatest player to ever suit up at the tight end position, Finley has a longs ways to go if he wants to be mentioned in the same breath as the veteran. Gonzalez is the model of consistency, while Finley has been everything but in recent years.
Gonzalez is a 13-time Pro Bowl selection, 10-time All-Pro, a two-time NFL Alumni Tight End of the Year and is a member of the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team. He also holds five Kansas City Chiefs franchise records and 18 NFL records, including career receiving yards (14,268), receptions (1,242) and touchdowns (104) for a tight end.
Every single player in the NFL strives to be half the player Gonzalez is by the time their career ends. That is why I cannot blame Finley for modeling his career after what Gonzalez has been able to accomplish. There is certainly no shame in that, and coming from someone who is a fan of the Packers, I hope he is in the same ballpark when it is all said and done.
However, anyone that follows Green Bay knows Finley talks a big game. Personally, I have no problem with it as long as he backs it up on the gridiron. The issue is the 26-year-old has failed to do that the past two seasons. If Finley is going to go on a radio show in the Twin Cities and talk about where he would like to take his game, I fully expect him to prove that he is capable of putting together a career similar to Gonzalez’s standards.
There is no question Finley has all the necessary tools to accomplish such a daunting task. He is big, athletic, strong and has decent hands when he concentrates on catching the ball. Not to mention, he has the best quarterback in the league to help him make plays, something Gonzalez never had. There is no excuse for him not to be one of the best in the NFL at the end of next season.