Tight end Tony Gonzalez was on the verge of retirement last season. However, he decided to come back for another year after the Atlanta Falcons were so incredibly close to a Super Bowl berth. Unfortunately, the Falcons didn’t do Gonzalez any favors as they have only won four games through Week 15. At this point, it doesn’t appear there is anything that will keep Gonzalez in the NFL next season, at least nothing within the realm of reality.
The 37-year-old did mention that he would consider playing in 2014 if there was a team in Los Angeles because it would be close to his family. Since there is no such team, it appears Gonzalez’s retirement is near 100 percent once the regular season comes to an end.
“I could keep playing,” Gonzalez said Thursday, via The Sacramento Bee. “I know I could. But it’s over.”
If it is indeed over fans have to appreciate what they witnessed over the past 17 years. Gonzalez is a first ballot Hall of Famer and quite possibly the greatest tight end to ever play the game of football.
His NFL records include being the first tight end to ever catch 1,000 passes and record 15,000 receiving yards. He has the most career receiving yards (15,008), receptions (1,313), touchdowns (110) and seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards (four) for a tight end. He also holds 12 other NFL records that involve the most consecutive seasons in regards to touchdowns, receptions and yards. On top of that, he’s behind only Jerry Rice for the most career receptions.
Fans who are lucky enough to watch Gonzalez play over the next two weeks should truly appreciate what an honor it has been to witness one of the greatest players to put on a NFL uniform.