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Tony Gonzalez: Temptation will be there if a contender calls during season

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Tony Gonzalez has taken a job with CBS for the coming season and he’s making the transition from being on the field to being in the studio.

He’s making big predictions for 2014, including a possible undefeated season for the Broncos and a victory for Denver in a Super Bowl rematch, but none of them include a return to playing at the moment. Gonzalez said that he’s already heard from teams interested in a comeback and said no while acknowledging that it would be more difficult to turn down overtures from a contender during the season.

“The temptation would be there, but I don’t know what the gain would be,” Gonzalez said, via Newsday. “I’ve always wanted a ring. That’s been my main goal as a player over the last 15 years of my career. You’re really trying to get that ultimate goal. But I’d be a mercenary to come in and get a Super Bowl ring, play with a team for, what, six, seven weeks? And even if I got the ring, it wouldn’t be the same as going through the fight with the team from the beginning to the end. I don’t think that will happen. The temptation will be there, but I’m 100 percent happy with my decision.”

Gonzalez says he wouldn’t want to go back on his “good luck” to retire on his own terms, although nothing he said will stop teams from making a call to see if Gonzalez feels differently in a couple of months. It seems like a long shot that there will be any change, but the opportunity to increase your chances of winning a Super Bowl can lead teams to try such shots.

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26 Responses to “Tony Gonzalez: Temptation will be there if a contender calls during season”
  1. computojon says: Aug 20, 2014 7:27 AM

    If almost any other retired player were saying this, my response would be “thanks for the memories, please go away.” But this is Tony Gonzalez. Respect.

  2. mjs2012 says: Aug 20, 2014 7:31 AM

    Translation: “Green Bay, I know you need a TE. Call me!”

  3. robbieboston says: Aug 20, 2014 7:34 AM

    Wait, say that again Brett…..I mean Tony, sorry.

  4. clarencewhorley says: Aug 20, 2014 7:35 AM

    Brady to Touchdown Tony sounds nice. Come join the Pats week 8, two weeks before the bye.

  5. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 20, 2014 7:35 AM

    If you have to be tempted to play, then let somebody else do it instead.

  6. ampats says: Aug 20, 2014 7:47 AM

    Tony, Bill Belichick is on your cell line # 1 holding…………….

  7. nehxas says: Aug 20, 2014 7:48 AM

    Well if Thomas goes down with an injury the Broncos know who to call.

  8. rodneyharrisonstruckstick says: Aug 20, 2014 7:54 AM

    N E W E N G L A N D P A T R I O T S

  9. idpfantasyfootball says: Aug 20, 2014 8:02 AM

    STAY OUT!!!

  10. slickzmoney says: Aug 20, 2014 8:05 AM

    Keep yourself in game shape Tony. Don’t think anyone including Falcons fans would have a problem with Gonzalez going “mercenary” for a last shot at a ring. I can think of several contenders who could use additional help at tight end including the Eagles, Steelers, Seahawks, and Packers.

  11. bucrightoff says: Aug 20, 2014 8:28 AM

    Brett Gonzalez? Tony Favre?

  12. clownsfan says: Aug 20, 2014 8:40 AM

    Nobody is gonna call Tony.

  13. yippiekyyaymf says: Aug 20, 2014 9:01 AM

    Really tony g

  14. floratiotime says: Aug 20, 2014 9:09 AM

    Go away.

  15. kissbillsrings says: Aug 20, 2014 9:23 AM

    Tony opposite GRONK sounds good to me!!!

  16. drush127 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:37 AM

    The Giants still need a legit TE….

  17. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 20, 2014 9:38 AM

    Translation: “Hey Seattle, keep me in mind. I’ll take the minimum.”

  18. uwsptke says: Aug 20, 2014 9:54 AM

    Put him in Green Bay’s offense with the weapons already in place, and they score 40 points every game.

  19. saundman2000 says: Aug 20, 2014 11:10 AM

    The Falcons aren’t a contender?

    I’m not a fan of theirs, but if you wanted a ring Tony, why not just have stayed where you were? I won’t think a lot of your move if you join up with the Seahawks or the 49ers or the Patriots at a point in the season where they have a solid winning record.

    How good could a ring feel if you are just along for the ride?

  20. dhaoracle says: Aug 20, 2014 11:19 AM

    If he comes to the Patriots they are a dead lock for winning the Super Bowl. They have weapons all over the field. Big, Accurate small, quick, fast, stout, hammer heads, & gorilla glue men.

  21. dkalev says: Aug 20, 2014 11:42 AM

    Jerry Reese better be all over this…

  22. bobulated says: Aug 20, 2014 11:48 AM

    “It wouldn’t be the same as going through the fight with the team from the beginning to the end…Well except for last year when I made the deal to blow off the Falcons training camp, but that’s different.”

  23. slick50ks says: Aug 20, 2014 12:01 PM

    Stay home and shut up Tony. It’s over, and you didn’t get that ring. Deal with it privately with some honor and dignity.

  24. deltaoracle says: Aug 20, 2014 4:11 PM

    Julius Peppers knew where to go to get a good chance at his ring…

  25. simonator917 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:35 PM

    Dear Tony, you are going to get a ring when you’re inducted into the Hall-of-Fame five years from now.

  26. axespray says: Aug 20, 2014 5:39 PM

    Last year – Jarrett Bush shut down Tony G – he even trash talked the guy and tony didn’t respond or do anything – until months later when he whined and accused the wrong guy of trashing him (Morgan).

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