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Tony Gonzalez plans to make 2012 his final year

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Tony Gonzalez says he’s sweating through his last training camp.

Gonzalez, the Falcon who owns the NFL tight end records for catches (1,149), yards (13,338) and touchdowns (95), told reporters today that he is just about certain he will call it quits after the 2012 season. He did, however, offer him a little bit of wiggle room by stopping just short of saying he’s 100 percent sure he’s retiring.

I would say that I’m 95 percent sure, just in case,” Gonzalez said. “I talked to my family this offseason. I’ve had a great run. I feel pretty good about where I’m at as a player. I just want to make sure that I end at the top. I don’t want to be one of those players towards the end — nothing against those guys who’ve done it like that in the past — but I want to make sure that I’m at the top of my game when I do go out.”

The 36-year-old Gonzalez isn’t quite the same player now that he was at his best in Kansas City, when he had four different seasons with more than 90 catches and more than 1,000 yards. But he was still good for a solid 80 catches and 875 yards in 2011, his 15th season in the NFL. And he’s ready for one more good year, before he walks away for good.

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19 Responses to “Tony Gonzalez plans to make 2012 his final year”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 27, 2012 8:35 PM

    Gonzo is almost gonzo.

  2. blanchonegro says: Jul 27, 2012 8:40 PM

    Classy guy. Its the right time.

  3. monosylab1k says: Jul 27, 2012 8:48 PM

    He should have another productive year since Matty boy only throws to him and Roddy (Julio would be in there too…if only someone could throw him a catchable deep ball).

  4. cootschaos says: Jul 27, 2012 8:54 PM

    Go out with a bang Tony!

  5. vidae1 says: Jul 27, 2012 8:59 PM

    Tony G is the GOAT. Best TE to ever lace em up. It has been a joy to watch him play.

  6. jacobslatter says: Jul 27, 2012 9:09 PM

    He has 7 million reasons to play this year. If he’s in good shape in 2013 & so inclined he’ll have another several million reasons to play yet again with no blue chip stud at TE currently on the roster.

  7. seeptermean says: Jul 27, 2012 9:16 PM

    He’s 1% sure for every receiving touchdown he’s scored. Just 5 more and he’ll retire.

  8. txxxchief says: Jul 27, 2012 9:17 PM

    We Chiefs fans miss him. I wish psycho Todd Haley hadn’t run him off.

  9. farty5 says: Jul 27, 2012 9:30 PM

    Should have already retired, watching him run is painful.

  10. dogluverssuck says: Jul 27, 2012 9:31 PM

    So that means that the Falcons will try again to rebuild. Sorry guys you can’t replace Mike Vick…ha ha.

  11. vols84 says: Jul 27, 2012 9:36 PM

    I think it was Pioli that helped ship him out. Wish Tony could have retired a Chief.

  12. gooboy6 says: Jul 27, 2012 10:46 PM

    BEST TE TO EVER PLAY THE GAME

  13. firedup1 says: Jul 27, 2012 10:55 PM

    Atleast he will play at Arrowhead on opening weekend. KC fans I am sure would like to see him play one last time.

  14. jredshoes says: Jul 27, 2012 10:56 PM

    Chiefs play the Falcons in the home opener. I’m betting that Arrowhead will be filled with red #88 Jerseys in honor of a great Chief but even a better person!

  15. mlp3180 says: Jul 27, 2012 11:06 PM

    “txxxchief says:
    Jul 27, 2012 9:17 PM
    We Chiefs fans miss him. I wish psycho Todd Haley hadn’t run him off.”

    Haley didn’t run him off…Gonzalez asked for a trade during Peterson’s/Edward’s last year. It just didn’t happen until Pioli took over.

  16. vtdcfan says: Jul 27, 2012 11:26 PM

    1st ballot HOFer for sure

  17. nfl4life77 says: Jul 27, 2012 11:35 PM

    Pretty sure he’ll sign the retirement package contract with the Chiefs i.e LT with Chargers

  18. nirvana504 says: Jul 27, 2012 11:48 PM

    Great player. but playing for The Falcons with guarantee he’ll never win a playoff game.

  19. jjbadd385 says: Jul 28, 2012 2:48 PM

    Wow has it been that long? As a Broncos fan, I remember TG well! One of the greatest ever. Best of luck.

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