Kansas City Chiefs Mount Rushmore: The Fab Four

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Feb 1, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez walks the red carpet prior to the NFL Honors at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Gonzalez, TE

While there are some very deserving players who could have made the final cut, and Tony Gonzalez is only working on his second year of retirement, it would be hard to leave off the man who is arguably the best ever to play his position.

Gonzalez does not only hold the record for most catches all-time by a tight end, his 1,325 grabs ranks second all-time for any pass catcher.

He also is just one of eight players in NFL history with at least 100 touchdowns. His 111 rank only behind Jerry Rice (197), Randy Moss (156), Terrell Owens (153), Chris Carter (130) and Marvin Harrison (128).

That’s pretty good company — HOF Company — and Gonzalez is a no-brainer for Canton once he’s eligible.

Gonzalez became the face of Chiefs teams that struggled in the early part of the century, an MVP of mediocre squads. There was some success however, as he helped lead the team to three playoff appearances from 1997-2008, but they dropped all three — including two at Arrowhead Stadium.

Sadly for KC fans, Gonzalez signed a free agent deal with the Atlanta Falcons in 2009 where he played five seasons before retiring in 2013.

He amassed 409 catches, 35 for scores, in Atlanta, but it doesn’t compare to the 916 receptions and 76 touchdowns on his Kansas City resume.

As time goes on, the Torrance, CA native, who was just as great off the field as he was on it, will go down as one of the greatest players to ever wear a Chiefs uniform.

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