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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.

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49 Responses to “Gonzalez says he’s 100 percent sure 2013 is his last year”
  1. says: Apr 5, 2013 1:16 PM

    Brett Favre just chuckled.

  2. diabetic1010 says: Apr 5, 2013 1:17 PM

    Unless they pay him more money and let him practice less….

  3. heeeeelzfan says: Apr 5, 2013 1:20 PM

    “1oo percent?” Hmmmmmmm….

  4. berniemadoffsides says: Apr 5, 2013 1:21 PM

    1st ballot HOF’er – changed the game for TE’s.

  5. newmarketmaulers says: Apr 5, 2013 1:22 PM

    Talk about who cares???

    I’d rather speculate on who the “Mystery Four” are than hear about how this guy is sure “This is it.”

  6. nonetruerthanblue says: Apr 5, 2013 1:34 PM

    Yeah right, Tony. You’re full of it. Not listening to a word you say any longer.

  7. juke1220 says: Apr 5, 2013 1:35 PM


  8. nonetruerthanblue says: Apr 5, 2013 1:36 PM

    Could take some lessons on retirement (yes, just retirement) from a guy a few blocks away…Chipper Jones.

  9. therealpittbull says: Apr 5, 2013 1:37 PM

    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.

  10. scrp2 says: Apr 5, 2013 1:44 PM

    I never thought I’d say this but Tony Gonzalez is a psychopath.

  11. mrphatal says: Apr 5, 2013 1:46 PM

    Way to go Brett Gonzalez!

  12. steelernationisuperiortothelowlyplebsofthenfllolol says: Apr 5, 2013 1:50 PM

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

  13. browns627 says: Apr 5, 2013 1:51 PM

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

  14. malekmj says: Apr 5, 2013 1:54 PM

    But is he the first gay player? that is the question

  15. pickledgringo says: Apr 5, 2013 1:56 PM

    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.

  16. kegrun says: Apr 5, 2013 1:57 PM

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

  17. mrtrappedinmymindsr says: Apr 5, 2013 1:59 PM

    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.

  18. baddegg says: Apr 5, 2013 2:09 PM


  19. 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

  20. greatestgamensports says: Apr 5, 2013 2:13 PM


  21. logicailvoicesays says: Apr 5, 2013 2:14 PM

    He’s no Fred Davis. If he’d wanted a ring, he should have joined the Redskins.

  22. skippynj says: Apr 5, 2013 2:17 PM

    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

  23. mrposey5 says: Apr 5, 2013 2:20 PM

    Deja Vu

  24. whatnojets says: Apr 5, 2013 2:34 PM

    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

  25. overratedsteelerhater says: Apr 5, 2013 2:38 PM

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

  26. 1historian says: Apr 5, 2013 2:39 PM

    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

  27. marcg1957 says: Apr 5, 2013 2:42 PM

    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

  28. sb44champs says: Apr 5, 2013 3:11 PM

    But Falcons stink… Saints won 12 out of 14 against them recently, lol

  29. gammynomnom says: Apr 5, 2013 3:22 PM

    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.

  30. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 5, 2013 3:27 PM

    Lost credibility already. We aren’t paying attention to what he says now.

  31. gosfvr says: Apr 5, 2013 3:41 PM

    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.

  32. jdubkc says: Apr 5, 2013 3:49 PM

    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$$.

  33. mungman69 says: Apr 5, 2013 3:58 PM

    No one, except me, thinks that Atlanta can get to the Super Bowl.

  34. necr0philia says: Apr 5, 2013 4:23 PM

    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!!

  35. necr0philia says: Apr 5, 2013 4:25 PM

    mungman69 you are wrong my friend!! What is MUNG? Is it what I think it is or is it the Asian Language?

  36. malvaren18 says: Apr 5, 2013 4:46 PM

    Should of sign with the Bronco’s if you really want a last chance at a Super Bowl.

  37. nirvana504 says: Apr 5, 2013 5:04 PM

    so you’re saying that he’ll NEVER win a Super Bowl…

  38. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 5, 2013 5:33 PM

    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.

  39. bnwillard says: Apr 5, 2013 5:38 PM

    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.

  40. pb420 says: Apr 5, 2013 6:18 PM

    Meanwhile, the rest of the league is 100% sure that he will retire without a SB ring.

  41. tigersdawgs says: Apr 5, 2013 7:01 PM

    This guy is “THE KING OF PUSH-OFF”! Just look at 90% of his catches!

  42. bgm9876 says: Apr 5, 2013 7:05 PM

    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.

  43. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Apr 5, 2013 7:30 PM

    I can’t wait until the Browns are good so I can talk trash… eh who am I kidding.

  44. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Apr 5, 2013 7:32 PM

    But seriously one of the best TE’s of all-time. It’s between him and Shannon Sharpe in my opinion. Definitely first-ballot hall of famer.

  45. SeenThisB4 says: Apr 5, 2013 7:44 PM

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

  46. randallflagg52 says: Apr 5, 2013 8:04 PM

    John Mackey was the G.O.A.T. Don’t you ever forget it.

  47. salventuri says: Apr 5, 2013 8:55 PM

    I’m 100% sure the Falcons will never win a Super Bowl.

  48. j4man1 says: Apr 5, 2013 11:39 PM

    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.

  49. greatestgamensports says: Apr 6, 2013 5:44 PM

    And football fans are 100% sure that we are tired of you playing, not playing, playing, not playing…..

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