Dec 15, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) runs the ball against Washington Redskins cornerback E.J. Biggers (30) during the second half at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons defeated the Redskins 27-26. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Tony Gonzalez Says His Career is Done

Dec 15, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins during the first quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports


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.

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  • Joel Wagler

    I love Tony G and he will always be a Chief to me.


      If the Atlanta GM wasn’t stubborn , he would have been able to take one more run at a Super Bowl ……

      • Jim bernard

        I know, pretty sad

      • TAZMOSIS

        Considering that the Falcons gave a king’s ransom for the rights to draft Julio Jones, you can see how hard headed they were when it came to trading Tony back to the Chiefs. They could have gotten maybe a fifth for Tony, now they get squat. And at the time they were a miracle away from the playoffs, and are now out of the playoffs.Given the injuries to our tight ends,Tony could have been huge for the Chiefs. And just maybe, he would have realized that dream of playing in a Super Bowl. Tony, thanks for the great years in K.C.

  • Andy

    Tony, baby…give me a call.