Instead of being on the field with his Atlanta Falcons teammates in the first two preseason games, Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez found himself on the sideline, as he watched his 12-year-old son Nikko begin his youth football career under the bright lights of Los Angeles. At 37 years old, Gonzalez isn’t used to being a spectator, but watching his son play the very game he loves was worth more to him than being out on the field.
As Gonzalez kept his promise to his son, it was time for one of the best tight ends in the history of the NFL to resume his career with the Falcons, as he enters his 17th season.
“It’s time for me to get back there,” Gonzalez told Fox Sports. “I need to get some work with [quarterback] Matt [Ryan] and the offense. I’m excited.”
Gonzalez will rejoin the high-flying Falcons offense that will only get better, as he makes his debut in their third preseason game against the Tennessee Titans.
Although the Falcons’ offense was sporadic against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Baltimore Ravens got court-side seats, as the Falcons just completely ripped through their defense like a shredder. Falcons coach Mike Smith was pleased to see his offense back on track, and knows that it will continue to improve with Gonzalez back.
Having Gonzalez will allow the Falcons to spread opposing defenses even better, as they will be able to attack the middle with no mercy; this will allow star receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White to make plays on the outside. With Gonzalez in the lineup, not only will the passing attack be even more potent, but the 13-time Pro Bowler will also help with the running game due to his blocking skills on the outside.
Fans will be psyched to see their beloved tight end back with the team, as he caught 93 passes for 930 yards and eight touchdowns. With 1,242, Gonzalez currently owns the record for most receptions for a tight end in the NFL, and will be looking to add on to his already impressive resume during the 2013 season.
At this point of his career, Gonzalez cares only about winning the Super Bowl, which has eluded him in his entire NFL career. If all goes right for the Falcons, they might be able to give the best-ending story ever to a player who has been exceptional in the NFL.
Like many players beyond their prime, Gonzalez will try to rewind “Father Time” one more time in his hopes to join the Falcons in winning their first ever Super Bowl together. Welcome back Gonzalez, it’s “Game Time”.