Tony Gonzalez is going to call it a career… again.
In a conference call with the San Jose Mercury News, Gonzalez stated that while he knows he could return for another season, this is it for him.
“I absolutely could [return],” Gonzalez said. “But it’s the end of the road for me. I put everything out there and I’m completely satisfied.
“I don’t have any regrets and I look forward to what’s next.”
Gonzalez was thought to be retiring after last season, but decided to come back for one more season after the Atlanta Falcons lost in the NFC title game to the San Francisco 49ers by four points. With all of the key pieces returning for 2013, Gonzalez decided he’d make one more run at it after coming so close in 2012.
That plan has backfired as Atlanta is 4-10 and eliminated from the playoffs.
There is maybe no other offensive player, aside from Len Dawson, who was more productive for the Chiefs than Tony Gonzalez. This list of team records and standings that he holds are astounding.
Chiefs Career Records Owned By Tony Gonzalez
Receptions: 916 (Dwayne Bowe is 2nd with 467)
Receiving Yards: 10,940 (Otis Taylor is 2nd with 7,306)
Receiving Touchdowns: 76 (Taylor 2nd with 57)
Gonzalez’ 76 career touchdowns with the Chiefs ranks him second all-time in total touchdowns behind Priest Holmes (83).
Chiefs Single-Season Records Owned by Tony Gonzalez
Receptions: 102 (Gonzalez has the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 9th, and 10th all-time single-season receptions season for the Chiefs)
Gonzalez has four seasons of nine touchdown receptions or more, a Chiefs record. Chris Buford (2) is the only other Chiefs player to have multiple 9+ touchdown receptions seasons.
Gonzalez has four seasons of 1,000 or more receiving yards in a season, a Chiefs record. Dwayne Bowe is second with three.
Oh, and then there is the part where Gonzalez is the best tight end to ever play the game. Yeah, he was pretty good.