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Gonzalez says TV gig means he’s not coming back as a player

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After musing on multiple occasions in recent weeks about a midseason return in 2014 if the Falcons start strong and if they haven’t filled his spot, Tony Gonzalez has slammed a door that supposedly was already slammed.

According to Josh Carpenter of SportsBusiness Daily, Gonzalez said he won’t be back as a player.

It’s possible that Gonzalez signed a contract that prevents him from returning to the field.  If, after all, CBS is going to dump Shannon Sharpe in order to create a spot for his on-field heir, Gonzalez needs to see it through.  Also, with both Sharpe and Dan Marino gone from CBS in an instant, Gonzalez needs to realize that there aren’t many seats for former players at network grown-ups tables, and that there are many, many former players who want one.

“I’ve seen guys I’ve played against that have made that transition,” Gonzalez said regarding his decision to enter TV.  “I started saying to myself, ‘This is something I can do.’”

Gonzalez, who also will contribute to Showtime’s Inside the NFL (CBS and Showtime share a parent), said he’ll be willing to talk about any NFL-related topic.

“I’ll address them as I see fit,” he said.  “I think I’ll be able to give an interesting perspective.”

He needs to, because just as Jimmy Graham has become the on-field successor to Sharpe and Gonzalez, some other former player inevitably will think he can do a better job than Gonzalez.  And in broadcasting, there’s a fraction of spots for former players that there are in the NFL for current ones.  And the big-name players who have recently retired always have more built-in sizzle than the guys who retired a decade ago.

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17 Responses to “Gonzalez says TV gig means he’s not coming back as a player”
  1. thevikesarebest says: Feb 18, 2014 4:53 PM

    And who cares?kyle Rudolph has better hands and will win SB rings.#FUTUREHOF=KYLERUDOLPH

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 18, 2014 4:55 PM

    They put Shannon Sharpe out to pasture. Happy trails, Ol’ Hoss.

  3. gdive says: Feb 18, 2014 5:01 PM

    Yeah we kind of figured this out.

  4. meatcarroll says: Feb 18, 2014 5:07 PM

    The reigning world champion Seahawks don’t want you anyway.

  5. tvjules says: Feb 18, 2014 5:08 PM

    Just heard Tony in a radio interview. The good news is, you can understand him.

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 18, 2014 5:08 PM

    Well no doubt about it there’s a lot of hours spent on TV talking about football and not enough fresh perspectives, looking forward to seeing if he can bring the goods to the conversation. Sure would like to see a lot of new people commentating during the games, there’s a lot of stale personalities that don’t really have much to offer that need to get phased out of those jobs. That would be a nice change, it’s getting really frustrating to be stuck with some of these weak color commentators and to me it just embarrasses the league if they can’t produce somebody that has insightful things to say all game long. They really need to find some new talent.

  7. dalcow4 says: Feb 18, 2014 5:29 PM

    Great news. The yearly “I may or may not play” silliness has finally come to an end.

  8. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 18, 2014 5:41 PM

    Congratulations to the low character juicer.

    Unfortunately… he will be even more annoying on tv.

  9. kvgrekop says: Feb 18, 2014 5:43 PM

    I finally picked up and could understand Shannon’s lisp and they give him the boot!

  10. 21stnprime says: Feb 18, 2014 5:54 PM

    much rather have Marino and Sharpe any day

  11. firedup1 says: Feb 18, 2014 6:01 PM

    Drew Brees needs an explanation.

  12. gerard33 says: Feb 18, 2014 7:29 PM

    Sharpe is pretty good on TV in my opinion…. Marino on the other hand? Unwatchable, seemed very insecure and uncomfortable

  13. timpiker says: Feb 18, 2014 7:54 PM

    Sharpe was UNWATCHABLE

  14. realskipbayless says: Feb 18, 2014 8:13 PM

    I liked Sharpe but o well hopefully gonzo’s not annoying when he gets in.

  15. patsbrat says: Feb 18, 2014 10:09 PM

    “…just as Jimmy Graham has become the on-field successor to Sharpe and Gonzalez…”

    Nice wording Florio. If Gronk could just stay on the field he would be in that sentence too.

  16. Wineshard says: Feb 18, 2014 10:36 PM

    Marino must have put his weight back on and got canned. Well at least he can fall back on his multiple Super Bowl rings and lofty Wonderlic score from here on in.

  17. seenoland54 says: Feb 18, 2014 11:50 PM

    I’m 99 percent sure I won’t bother listening to him announce.

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