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Tony Gonzalez: 50-50 chance I'll play in 2011

Tony Gonzalez knows he doesn’t want to go through many more training camps.

Now 34, Gonzalez tells Alex Marvez of that his career is “year-to-year” and estimates there’s a roughly “50-50” chance he retires after 2010.

Then again, the timing of the question may have tipped the scales towards retirement.

“If you ask me now, I’d tell you I don’t know if I’m going to play this
year because I’m in [training] camp,” Gonzalez joked. “Football is a grind.
That’s why [NFL] careers only last three years. It’s tough on your body.
It’s tough on you mentally. I’m just fortunate to be playing this

Gonzalez admitted that his transition to a new scheme and new city wasn’t easy last year. From afar, we were impressed he produced so much away from Kansas City.  Gonzo didn’t break his usual big plays, but he racked up 83 catches for 867 yards and six scores. The Falcons won’t want to lose that sort of production. 

Perhaps one year from today, the Falcons will send Roddy White, John Abraham, and Matt Bryant on a plane to beg Gonzalez for one more year.

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12 Responses to “Tony Gonzalez: 50-50 chance I'll play in 2011”
  1. FireJerryJones says: Aug 17, 2010 2:36 PM

    Maybe 50 / 50 there’s no NFL in 2011.

  2. gooboy6 says: Aug 17, 2010 2:40 PM

    greatest tight end to ever play the game

  3. PackAttackBackMan says: Aug 17, 2010 2:46 PM

    Sounds like somebody we know…….
    We should seriously shoot this Favre guy in the foot just to make an example for the rest of the NFL….

  4. brasho says: Aug 17, 2010 3:25 PM

    Matt Bryant? Don’t tell me he is the Falcons’ starting kicker…

  5. therewasone says: Aug 17, 2010 3:31 PM

    Tony Gonzalez: 50-50 chance I’ll play in 2011,
    thou there is only a 10% change of that.

  6. CdnMike says: Aug 17, 2010 3:33 PM

    Don’t you think Matty Ice would be on that plane?

  7. Ravens Macg says: Aug 17, 2010 3:37 PM

    Another Favre like performance

  8. BigMikeSkinsFan says: Aug 17, 2010 3:58 PM

    gooboy6 says:
    August 17, 2010 2:40 PM
    greatest tight end to ever play the game
    and the Captain Obvious award goes to……

  9. CanadianVikingFan says: Aug 17, 2010 4:04 PM

    Does he need some syrup with that Waffle?

  10. BenRapistberger says: Aug 17, 2010 4:05 PM

    There’s a 50-50 chance that anyone will play in 2011. LOCKOUT!

  11. Beckzhere says: Aug 17, 2010 5:01 PM

    After the Falcons win the Super Bowl this year, he will have no reason to play another year. If we lose in the NFC championship (which is unlikely), then he will come back for one more year to get the ring! Go Falcons !!!!!

  12. The Great Potato Conspiracy says: Aug 18, 2010 1:23 AM

    Michael Palmer is da future at TE, an ex basketball player like Gonzo. Mark it down.

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