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Gonzalez likes “proving people wrong,” whoever they are

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Many great players will find motivation wherever they can, even if they have to invent it.

That’s what Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez has apparently done, saying he took pride in making his 13th Pro Bowl because it gave him an opportunity for “proving people wrong.”

While we may have missed the line of people saying the 36-year-old Gonzalez — one of the most consistently productive players in the game — has lost a step, he apparently heard them.

They talk a lot.

“Because the older you get the more people start to doubt you,” Gonzalez said, via Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “Just because of human nature. ‘You are getting old, there is no way you can move around like you used to.’ I’ve been hearing that. ‘Oh, he’s lost a step, he’s not as fast as he used to be.’

“It’s nice to go out there and play well and tell them, ‘What do you got to say now?’ That’s part of the fun is proving people wrong.”

Of course, the criticism of his team is real, after winning a lot of regular season games but none in the playoffs. That’s why the Falcons aren’t up in arms about having just three Pro Bowlers (Gonzalez, quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones).

“I know there are teams with far worse records than we had and they had more guys in the Pro Bowl, but that’s how it goes,” Gonzalez said. “Who cares? Our goal is to play in a different bowl, not the bowl in Hawaii.”

If they can do that, they will quiet the criticism — the kind that actually exists.

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8 Responses to “Gonzalez likes “proving people wrong,” whoever they are”
  1. bhop49 says: Dec 28, 2012 10:29 AM

    I thought he was done a couple of seasons ago. Looked slow as hell, a shell of his former self. But he rejuvenated his career, found ways to make plays and proved me an a lot of other people wrong.

  2. yelix says: Dec 28, 2012 10:34 AM

    “I know there are teams with far worse records than we had and they had more guys in the Pro Bowl, but that’s how it goes,” Gonzalez said.

    Talking about his old team.

  3. arrowhead816 says: Dec 28, 2012 10:36 AM

    I hope you get your ring Tony G. When he decides to retire, he’ll retire a Chief.

  4. dzor22 says: Dec 28, 2012 10:50 AM

    Kansas City’s recent playoff results certainly warrant more Pro Bowl players than Atlanta’s. Thats it!

  5. flavordave says: Dec 28, 2012 10:59 AM

    Hes refering to my Eagles that decided to pass on him due to his age. Good luck with those kind of Banner decisions in Cleveland.

  6. salmen76 says: Dec 28, 2012 12:27 PM

    There goes another ‘at the end of his career’ player that never won a single thing of significance running his mouth. Gonzalez is not manufacturing motivation; he’s trying to rewrite history to make all us fans think he was some great player with all these accomplishments. Even McNabb is running his mouth now trying to convince the world he was a good QB. Ha Ha. Mcnabb was average at best. Tony was indeed a great Tight End. But if he keeps up with this ‘i was great even though i never won anything hey everybody looky at me attitude’ he will tarnish what little smidgen of respect he has earned. And by the way, the Falcons will get dumped in the first playoff round they play in. The only reason the Falcons won’t get beat in the first week of the playoffs is because they don’t play in the first week. Ha Ha! It is a foregone conclusion that this Falcons team will not reach the Super Bowl this year. Geaux Saints!

  7. ebrownwareagle says: Dec 28, 2012 12:31 PM

    15 Down(13-2) Tony G. 4 more to GO! Make It Happen!

    Go FALCONS!!

  8. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 28, 2012 3:25 PM

    They haven’t proven anything. And Gonzalez has NEVER won a playoff game. Until both occur, he, nor the Falcons have proven a single thing.

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