Teammate says Tony Gonzalez now “97 percent” on retirement

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Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez won a playoff game for the first time in his career last week, an experience that left him quite emotional after Matt Bryant’s winning field goal went through the uprights.

According to tight end Michael Palmer, it didn’t make him any less likely to retire. Gonzalez has been sticking with an answer of “95 percent” all season when asked about the chances that this will be his final year as an NFL player, but Palmer said that Gonzalez actually upped the likelihood that he’ll be calling it quits.

“He told me today he’s moving up to 97-percent sure after that win last week,” Palmer said, via Mike Garafolo of USA Today. “From what I can get from him, if we win the Super Bowl, I think he’ll ride off into the sunset.”

Running back Michael Turner said that he told Gonzalez that he needs to come back and defend the title if the Falcons go all the way. Gonzalez’s answer?

“He was like, ‘No, no, no, no,'” Turner said.

Gonzalez wouldn’t be leaving because he can’t play anymore. He made a nifty touchdown catch in the back of the end zone against Seattle and then added a catch on the final drive to put Bryant in position to make the winning kick. That might not be enough to convince him to keep playing, but it does help his chances of going out a winner.

20 responses to “Teammate says Tony Gonzalez now “97 percent” on retirement

  1. We SHOULD be talking about Gonzo more and Lewis less. Ain’t no character blemishes on Tony’s record.

  2. He really is something special and you know he’ll be doing his best to get the Falcons a ticket to New Orleans.

  3. You cannot say enough good things about Tony. I’ve always respected him a great deal. First ballot HOF for sure, but no Lombardi for him.

  4. jessieboom says:
    Jan 17, 2013 3:06 PM
    We SHOULD be talking about Gonzo more and Lewis less. Ain’t no character blemishes on Tony’s record.
    This^. I am 100% sure Tony Gonzalez didn’t murder anyone. Wish I could say the same about Ray Ray.

  5. Congrats Tony, you’ve definitely earned it unfortunately it didn’t happen sooner.either way I hope you win the super bowl for one of the many outstanding high notes of s career that may never be replicated, Tony is by far the best te and revolutioned the position.

  6. Obviously I want this weekend’s game to be his last, but I was very happy for him last week and have always enjoyed watching him. He is unbelievable, seems like I’ve been watching him play forever. I’m a huge Cal fan, so I go way back with him.

    I have a weird feeling that when August rolls around he will get the bug again. He still looks like he can play and I see him getting the bug. We will see. I’m sure Falcons fans wouldn’t mind it.

  7. Tony is the man.. A damn shame and hard to believe he is coming off his 1st playoff victory ever.. Unequivocally the best TE to ever play. No Gronk or Graham will ever come close to this mans numbers..

  8. first,Tony G is 100% class and i hope he gets his ring and imo is a first ballot HOFer.second,when will he announce he will retire 100%?….lol

  9. I’m a diehard Redskins fan but Tony Gonzalez has to be one of the best TE’s ever to play the game. Love that guy! Good idea to get out now while you are still healthy. I’m rooting for Atlanta just because of Gonzo.

  10. I grew up watching Mark Bavaro play the TE position better than anyone I ever saw. Gonzo takes it to another level. Glad he’s not suffering still with the Chiefs but he’s got a tough road to get that ring this year

  11. Quit with the percentages already. Good lord, retire or don’t. Don’t make us think of you as Favre 2.0 when you decide to come back next year because your team doesn’t make the Super Bowl……..cuz that’s where we’re headed.

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