Gonzalez says he’s 100 percent sure 2013 is his last year

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Last year, Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez consistently said that he was 95-percent certain that 2012 would be his final NFL season.  It wasn’t.

Appearing today on PFT Live, Gonzalez said that he’s now 100-percent sure that 2013 will be his last year in football.

Sure, he has a two-year contract.  But that was for cap purposes only.  (Unless, of course, he changes his mind.)

Gonzalez still admitted that he’s “a little tempted” to try to break Jerry Rice’s all-time receiving record.  With 1,242, the greatest tight end of all time is only 307 catches behind the greatest receiver of all time.

And by rattling off so quickly that it would take four years to break Rice’s record, it’s clear that Gonzalez has done the basic math.  He has caught 326 passes during his first four seasons with the Falcons, and at that rate it would take four more to beat Rice.

Regardless, another 93 catches could put both Rice and Gonzalez at a level that anyone else will have a hard time catching.

49 responses to “Gonzalez says he’s 100 percent sure 2013 is his last year

  1. Haven’t we heard that statement before? Hopefully, he’s serious, and it will allow the Falcons to draft a future replacement to learn from his work ethic and skill sets.

  2. He will only return to failed dreams. The Falcons will not win a Super Bowl in Matty Choke’s career.

  3. tony makes it hard to choose which team he should represent when he goes into the HOF. Class guy!

  4. These guys would be better off saying nothing about retirement until they actually retire. Unless they’re looking for empathy or something in their ‘last year’, in which case, pretty pathetic considering the success they’ve had.

  5. Its like you guys trolls dont understand the difference between 95% and 100%. Get over yourselves.

  6. If he makes it to the probowl as AFC’s leading TE AND the Falcons go to the superbowl and lose AND they offer him a crazy amount of money to come back for one more year skip training camp, I doubt he rejects that offer.

  7. Enough with the washed-up tg stories. He’s not even the best TE is the NFC south, much less the nfl. falcons won’t win the south, tg won’t win a ring, matty romo will choke and coachy smith will panic and they’ll score no second half points, again, if they even make it to the playoffs. Move along, folks, nothing to see here1

  8. So Brett Gonzales, expalin why you signed a TWO year contract???

    3/14/2013: Signed a two-year, $14 million contract. The deal contains $7 million guaranteed — a $3.5 million signing bonus and Gonzalez’s 2013 base salary. 2013: $3.5 million, 2014: $4 million (+ $3 million roster bonus), 2015: Free Agent

  9. one thing for sure,no chance with deadskins
    hope this won’t go on and on.to many tough teams in nfc for atlanta to handle….playoffs
    maybe champs no way.

  10. He seems a classy guy but I’ve got a sneaking feeling this is going to blow up in his faced. He just doesn’t have it anymore.

    You have to know when to walk away, and then you have to do it.

    Before you embarrass yourself

  11. jimiinpa says:
    Apr 5, 2013 2:12 PM

    heard this hours ago on Dan Patrick , catch up Florio, i mean he even works for NBC


    Both D. Patrick & Florio work for NBC. They’re both work on the NBC Sunday Night Football in America

  12. I can imagine how quick the NFL would be on certain teams had they signed a guy to two years and he said he is 100% certain he will play only one.

    The cap is a joke.

  13. I get it that TG is just speaking his mind and he totally believes what he is thinking at the moment, but he needs to step back and think about the 95% guarantee he made at the end of last season.
    Great, great player do not want to think of him as the player that couldn’t leave the game or make up his mind.
    That being said, his motivation can be understood.
    Football is his life, chance for a SB ring, receiving records.
    Give it a shot by all means, but don’t make promises you can’t fulfill.

  14. This is one of the best EVER to play the game you/we all love. He deserves more respect. After his 3rd reconsideration, you may start bashing but until then, watch and enjoy cause he’s a bad a$$.

  15. Wow what ignorant rants you people are making! It’s just a reflection of who you are. He was 95% sure last year that the Falcons would win the Super Bowl… That’s why the other 5% is there for a contingency plan!! You sit there behind your little laptop/cell phone and post the most ignorant things that pop in your head wishing you had the chance at a Super Bowl or a few MILLION $$ paycheck coming to you. Tony G didn’t sit down at a press conference and claim retirement. So your Brett Gonzalez jokes are as funny as you are( NOT AT ALL)!! You guys can’t be that mad about this if so Shot yourselves in the face because your a waist of human life!!

  16. It’s funny what million dollar paychecks will do for you when you realize that cash flow stops if you retire. I would never stop playing. Even if I sucked, I’d just accept the backup role if I was good enough and eek it out, and keep doing that until there are no teams that will pay me.

  17. Tony is World Class football Player, and it would be great if he could go out on top… But he plays for the Falcants. Sorry Gonzo.. I hope the HOF indiction is enough.

  18. He could play 2 more years with $10 million dollars. If u give him that much you will never see him again and he will change his name to Fred and he will move to hawii.

  19. Sure he’s sure, next year, after the falcan’ts re-sign MRyan, they won’t have the CAP space to sign Gonzalez.

  20. Can’t wait till he’s gone, “greatest tight end”? that’s spelled W-I-T-T-E-N who will smash any records he hasn’t already.

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