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Tony Gonzalez: I came back because we have a great team

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Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez went from 95 percent sure he would retire in January to 100 percent sure he would play in March. So what led Gonzalez to change his time?

Gonzalez said on NFL AM that he became convinced from talking to teammates, coaches, team personnel and his family that spending another year in Atlanta is what he needs to do.

Matt Ryan, Arthur Blank, Mike Smith, Roddy White, all the guys really want me back,” Gonzalez said. “I went home thinking it was over, and I talked to my family and really sat down with them and discussed the pros and cons of returning, and really, I couldn’t think of too many cons. . . . You know what? We’ve got a great football team, and I look forward to seeing what we can do this year.”

Gonzalez said there’s one more thing for him to do in his career: earn a Super Bowl ring. And so he wanted to make a commitment to the Falcons at the beginning of the offseason, so that they’d know the starting tight end position was taken care of, and that they could get to work on putting the finishing touches on a team that can win it all.

“I want to make sure that they assemble the pieces that they need to make a championship run and get to the Super Bowl in New York,” Gonzalez said.

The return of Gonzalez makes a championship run more likely for the Falcons.

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48 Responses to “Tony Gonzalez: I came back because we have a great team”
  1. nawlinssaints1956 says: Apr 5, 2013 7:12 AM

    Gonzo’s return makes a championship run more likely?? Not with dumb and dumber errr Smith and Ryan running the show. Same old Falcons; daddy’s back Dirty Birds, the Saints own you…

  2. dmq13 says: Apr 5, 2013 7:13 AM

    I think he was trying to say, “I came back because there is no other job that I could do that would pay me millions of dollars a year to play a children’s game.”

  3. kane337 says: Apr 5, 2013 7:15 AM

    Glad to have you back Tony G!

  4. steelernationisuperiortothelowlyplebsofthenfllolol says: Apr 5, 2013 7:15 AM

    Marty Choke will do what he does best come January. The Falcons are built to choke.

  5. sirsupersouthern says: Apr 5, 2013 7:16 AM

    Tony G is a warrior, first ballot HoFer for sure. I don’t like or dislike Atlanta but if they win I’ll be super happy for Big Tone…

  6. cobrala2 says: Apr 5, 2013 7:17 AM

    Tony Gonzalez is so easy to cheer for.
    Nothing but total respect for that guy.

    Atlanta fans better pray that Matty Ice stares Tony G down the next time they’re in desperation mode instead of Floppy White.

  7. randallflagg52 says: Apr 5, 2013 7:18 AM

    Your team isn’t that great Tony. In fact your QB is a grade A choker, he will never win a Super Bowl.

  8. ken49ers says: Apr 5, 2013 7:25 AM

    Maybe Tony will announce this will be “his last ride” and the league can hand him a ring too.

  9. novoodoo4409 says: Apr 5, 2013 7:26 AM

    The football world laughs at the Falcants…good regular season team…chokes in important ones…perennial losers…

  10. gtskyrider says: Apr 5, 2013 7:37 AM

    The Falcons had their chance…Now you should see the rise of the Buccaneers!!!!

  11. phinfan86 says: Apr 5, 2013 7:45 AM

    So many Saints trolls, so few titles

  12. valcomm5 says: Apr 5, 2013 7:50 AM

    Class act

  13. kcstick says: Apr 5, 2013 7:52 AM

    Just make sure you come home to retire!!

  14. inyofaceagain says: Apr 5, 2013 7:53 AM

    Its a great regular season team. ATL is always so nasty in the regular season then sucks in the post season. Could be Matt Ryan but somethings gotta give

  15. Patriot42 says: Apr 5, 2013 7:59 AM

    It just proves a man’s word means little when confronted with big money.

  16. iamapatsfan says: Apr 5, 2013 7:59 AM

    Two people I wouldn’t de disappointed if they got Superbowl rings (if the Pats aren’t in it) is Jackson and Gonzalez. If the Pats don’t make it and the Falcons do, I think I’ll be rooting for them. Both of those guys deserve a ring.

  17. hartcarluncarlun says: Apr 5, 2013 8:00 AM

    What’s wrong with u idiots. Ryan a choker? When he leads the NFL in comeback wins the last 5 years. Don’t even have to be falcons can to know they def have a team that can win it all. Ryan 30-40 for 396 and 3 tds against the niners in NFC game. Yeah……he def choked.

  18. everton422 says: Apr 5, 2013 8:04 AM

    Ya know.. when the article about removing comments was posted, I was like, “Why the hell would they want to get rid of the comments section?” After reading comments for a few articles, and this one especially, I realize they really do need to get rid of the comments section.

  19. DonRSD says: Apr 5, 2013 8:31 AM

    Giants will be the 1st team to play in & host the Super Bowl.

    GO BIG BLUE!!!

  20. hardh3ad says: Apr 5, 2013 8:35 AM

    Welcome back Tony G! U know not one person in the league can guard u one on one( just ask Patrick Willis). Can’t wait to see what happens when the falcons get those huge leads again and start handing the ball to Steven Jackson. Lol! Bet they get the last laugh. FRom QB to RB to WR to TE no team is touching our offense straight up. Last time I checked Matt Ryan dropping a snap & roddy slipping on a route cost us a superbowl. Not the 49er defense which got 400 passing yards hung on them. Can’t wait till we get huge leads on these overrated defenses this year and start handing the ball to Steven Jackson. Can’t wait!!!!

  21. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 5, 2013 8:44 AM

    How many millions is he making this year?

  22. skippynj says: Apr 5, 2013 8:54 AM

    “…and I know I’ll NEVER be the best TE in the NFC South but, doggonnit, I’m gonna try!xxxooo”

  23. whyrunbackwardsyoullvomit says: Apr 5, 2013 8:58 AM

    This story is missing the part about where Tony wants to miss training camp and cap strap the Falcons in order to play another year….because that’s what you guys reported previously.

  24. bullpuppy552 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:15 AM

    He meant to say “a great team that chokes in the playoffs”.

  25. dvdman123 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:18 AM

    Seriously Tony and the $10 million had nothing to do with it? Sorry Falcon fans you had your chance last season and blew it big time.

  26. dublindemonszfl says: Apr 5, 2013 9:19 AM

    Good luck, atleast Atlanta doesn’t have to worry Green Bay, the packers suck.

  27. steelers4385 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:44 AM

    Matt ryan sucks. Actually he isnt that bad. But he really isnt great. I wish to god we had players like that on my team.

  28. mizzousooner says: Apr 5, 2013 9:44 AM

    One and done.

  29. kegrun says: Apr 5, 2013 10:06 AM

    Love the trolls. Trolls just equal fear and jealousy. Not many teams out there can stand toe to toe with the Falcons. Understandable why the only thing you have left is to spew lies and jealousy.

  30. sb44champs says: Apr 5, 2013 10:16 AM

    phinfan86 says:
    Apr 5, 2013 7:45 AM
    So many Saints trolls, so few titles
    ========================
    At least we have one, can’t say the same for Eagles and Falcons..

  31. lo6icalvoice says: Apr 5, 2013 10:22 AM

    “i came back because i’ve still never been to a super bowl… I want to go to a damn super bowl.”

  32. redandgoldhitman52 says: Apr 5, 2013 10:29 AM

    nawlinssaints1956 says:
    Gonzo’s return makes a championship run more likely?? Not with dumb and dumber errr Smith and Ryan running the show. Same old Falcons; daddy’s back Dirty Birds, the Saints own you…

    oh ya? well the falcons are a much much better team then the aints. dree brees is a joke , your wr’s have alligator arms , and your rb’s are as soft as toilet paper. oh by the way, donte whitner says ‘hi’. i wish we(49ers) could play your soft team every week. it be fun sending your entire offense to the hospital. bye bye

  33. sb44champs says: Apr 5, 2013 11:09 AM

    kegrun says:
    Apr 5, 2013 10:06 AM
    Love the trolls. Trolls just equal fear and jealousy. Not many teams out there can stand toe to toe with the Falcons. Understandable why the only thing you have left is to spew lies and jealousy.
    =========================
    Falcons choke in playoffs. Its reality, not lies…

  34. sb44champs says: Apr 5, 2013 11:11 AM

    redandgoldhitman52 says:
    Apr 5, 2013 10:29 AM
    nawlinssaints1956 says:
    Gonzo’s return makes a championship run more likely?? Not with dumb and dumber errr Smith and Ryan running the show. Same old Falcons; daddy’s back Dirty Birds, the Saints own you…

    oh ya? well the falcons are a much much better team then the aints. dree brees is a joke , your wr’s have alligator arms , and your rb’s are as soft as toilet paper. oh by the way, donte whitner says ‘hi’. i wish we(49ers) could play your soft team every week. it be fun sending your entire offense to the hospital. bye bye
    =============================
    Sounds like a certain 9er fan is a little SCARED, lol.. When was the last time the 9ers won a championship? (Crickets, Crickets) Thats what I thought, lol

  35. dadirtybird76 says: Apr 5, 2013 11:41 AM

    Ain’t no choking 5 winning seasons 5 in a row run and tell tht haytas lmao

  36. tvguy22 says: Apr 5, 2013 11:46 AM

    $$$$$$ talks

  37. aliowlsfalcons19 says: Apr 5, 2013 11:52 AM

    Lol @ all the saints fans trolling running there mouths thinking theyve always owned us(falcons). Look at the all-time record between the matchups n let that soak in for a minute then come back to me.

  38. necr0philia says: Apr 5, 2013 12:13 PM

    I love to see the people with ignorant and negative responses get 100+ thumbs down. Your comments reflect who you are as an individual. WELCOME BACK TONY-G!!!

  39. thetooloftools says: Apr 5, 2013 12:18 PM

    Tony is one of the classiest guys in sports. I wish him well. He is still in his prime.

  40. bigalhebdman says: Apr 5, 2013 12:29 PM

    Falcans need to worry about winning their division this year. No Team EVER wins the NFC South 2 years in a row. Panters, Bucs and Saints will be much tougher this year.

  41. mudhead123 says: Apr 5, 2013 12:29 PM

    The next Bret favre

  42. bigalhebdman says: Apr 5, 2013 12:34 PM

    Well now we know why Tyson Clabo became a cap casualty.

  43. jaysmoothe says: Apr 5, 2013 12:38 PM

    @nawlinssaints1956:

    Gonzo’s return makes a championship run more likely?? Not with dumb and dumber errr Smith and Ryan running the show. Same old Falcons; daddy’s back Dirty Birds, the Saints own you…

    Lol…..Daddy’s back? Sure that is going to turn your old depleted team around. Last time I checked a coach only calls a game and the players have to play. Listen here whoddy…..you had arguably the worst defense in the league last year, gave up the most points in NFL history, and made absolutely no changes or upgrades except for bringing in a DC who is going to run a 3-4 with the same d-line, Old Linebackers that can’t drop into coverage, and an offense that has no run game with a receiving core that will be shut down this year. Yeah sounds like you guys will be making a run alright. I wish you the best of luck because you will be needing it. Your run is OVER, time to rebuild…..

  44. linemanguy74 says: Apr 5, 2013 1:42 PM

    To many hits to the head to say something like he did

  45. sb44champs says: Apr 5, 2013 3:06 PM

    jaysmoothe says:
    Apr 5, 2013 12:38 PM
    @nawlinssaints1956:

    Gonzo’s return makes a championship run more likely?? Not with dumb and dumber errr Smith and Ryan running the show. Same old Falcons; daddy’s back Dirty Birds, the Saints own you…

    Lol…..Daddy’s back? Sure that is going to turn your old depleted team around. Last time I checked a coach only calls a game and the players have to play. Listen here whoddy…..you had arguably the worst defense in the league last year, gave up the most points in NFL history, and made absolutely no changes or upgrades except for bringing in a DC who is going to run a 3-4 with the same d-line, Old Linebackers that can’t drop into coverage, and an offense that has no run game with a receiving core that will be shut down this year. Yeah sounds like you guys will be making a run alright. I wish you the best of luck because you will be needing it. Your run is OVER, time to rebuild…..
    =============================
    Oh Jay, UR so smooth (scared), lol..

  46. akingdell says: Apr 5, 2013 3:08 PM

    Im not even a falcons fan but some of the comments from these saints fans are ridiculous. Brees is overrated, he has never won a playoff game on the road, he led the league in interceptions and his only superbowl title was earned due to the bounty scandal.

    I respect Tony G and Steven Jackson and if my team doesnt make the superbowl (chiefs) then there is no QB I want to get a sb ring more then Matt Ryan. He is underrated. He was able to put up MVP like #s with no defense and no running game.

  47. akingdell says: Apr 5, 2013 3:13 PM

    And also how did matt ryan choke this year? Matt Ryan DEFIENTLY choked in 08,10 and even 2011 playoff games but he played extremley well this postseason.

    Against the 49ers he had like 400 yards, 3 TDs and completed over 70% of his passes. The 49ers have the best defense in football and embarassed aaron rodgers the week before. Outside of ryans fumble he played a near flawless game, and then he seperated his shoulder in the 4th qtr.

    The falcons lost but the falcons defense looked like a D2 defense. The falcons offense only had the ball like 3 or 4 times in the entire 2nd half of the NFCCG because the falcons defense couldnt stay off the field.

  48. contraisloosebuthole says: Apr 5, 2013 11:00 PM

    The Falcons are lucky to be in the playoffs at all with that roster. Gonzalez and Ryan suck.

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