Tony Gonzalez patches things up with Chiefs fans after Atlanta snub

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Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez might have gotten caught up in the moment, and the location.

After the former Chiefs and Falcons tight end was elected to the Hall on Saturday, he did some local pandering with Atlanta television station WSB.

“The Falcons, honestly, it made my career to come here,” Gonzalez said. “It really did. Nothing against Kansas City, I was there 12 years, but only three playoff games. But when I got to Atlanta, it’s like all of a sudden you’re part of this winning organization, . . .”

As you might imagine, Chiefs fans may not have received that news well, and math may be on their side.

In 12 seasons with the Chiefs, Gonzalez made the All-Pro team five times. He caught 916 passes for 10,940 yards and 76 touchdowns for Kansas City.

In five seasons with the Falcons, Gonzalez made the All-Pro team once. He caught 409 passes for 4,187 yards and 35 touchdowns in Atlanta.

He won his only career playoff game for the Falcons, but he was 1-3 in the postseason in Atlanta compared to 0-3 in Kansas City, so it’s not exactly like he went from the Buccaneers to the Patriots.

In fact, the Chiefs actually have a much better record over the course of history, with a .528 winning percentage (469-419-12) that’s just behind the Steelers all-time mark, while the Falcons have the third-worst winning percentage among active franchises (.442, 358-452-6). Gonzalez caught them on a bit of a hot streak, but the Falcons went 42 years without back-to-back winning seasons, so he might have been overstating the whole “winning organization” thing a bit.

But because he’s a good guy, he recorded a message to Chiefs fans, saying the initial remarks were for the Atlanta audience.

“Kansas City Chief fans, I just want to tell you from the bottom of my heart, thank you,” he said, via the Kansas City Star. “The 12 years I spent there were fantastic. I always tell people I became a man, obviously, on the field but off the field as well out in Kansas City. The fan support I had out there was second to none. It’s diehards.”

Honestly, his accomplishments transcend the record of either franchise, so there’s not much to apologize for, other than a few bruised feelings for Chiefs fans who had to watch a 13-3 Super Bowl and wonder what might have been.

29 responses to “Tony Gonzalez patches things up with Chiefs fans after Atlanta snub

  1. Win the AFCCG and Chiefs fans might find out what it’s like to play in the Super Bowl. How long has it been since they were there?

  2. Oh, the horrible use of facts in this article… sad.

    Tony is not talking about the course of history now is he? He is speaking of his own personal experience. He went to three playoff games in twelve years with the Chiefs and four playoff games in ONLY five years with the Falcons. If you look at the win pct. while Gonzalez was on the Chiefs and Falcons respectively, then then you will find that the Falcons will have the better of the two.

    Facts are more that numbers to be blurted out, much like the human experience, they need to be taken in context to have any meaning. This article would have been much better if it had stuck to the fact instead of trying to and utterly fail at construct context.

  3. I wouldn’t say he patched things up; he got caught talking out of both sides of his mouth. His “apology” video claimed that he said those things about the Falcons because he was in Atlanta being interviewed by Atlanta media. He’s in the media now, he should know how this works.

  4. KC is a big mob town. I was actually expecting to see a headline that said Dee Ford has literally not been heard from since lining up off-sides and costing the chiefs a SB berth.

  5. Steelers have nowhere near the top all time winning percentage. Try 12th. Get your act together.

  6. Kind of a jerky statement to begin with, and the also jerky “oh I was just pandering to the dopes in Atlanta” follow up doesn’t make him look one bit better.

  7. When KC hired Herm Edwards, after the dumpster he left in NY Tony knew he made the right decision.

    KC was cursed after getting rid of Marty, we wanted more, but shortly after all we wanted was “Marty Ball” back.

    But as bad as KC was after Marty, San Diego was worse. 14-2 and they fired Marty, then the curse went to them.

  8. Players go into the HOF as players, not affiliated with one team or the other. So why any fan base would get their undies tied into a bundle over this is baffling. Viking fans did it with BrINT Farve, claiming his two championship-less seasons in Minnesota made him a Viking going into the HOF when in reality, it was the sum total of his career. Although he did throw backbreaking INT’s in the NFC Championship game with both teams.

  9. Way to take it put of context… When he was in Atlanta, they were winning a lot of games and making the playoffs, unlike KC at the time (ex. 4 playoff games in 5 years with ATL vs 3 playoff games in 12 years with KC). He wasn’t delving into all-time statistics about the winningest franchise between the two clubs. PFT drama queens at it again.

  10. Tony’s OK. He’s like the guy who’s ex put him through school and raised his kids, but he turns around and says that his current wife made him the man he is today. That’s fine. Let their fan base support you in the media while we move on. It’s all just OK.

  11. Falcons fans were also pretty offended when the season after Tony retired, he stated if the team was in a position to make the playoffs and potentially make a deep run, that he would come back to the team… ATL fans collectively said that if you’re not in it from the start, then don’t bandwagon later just so you can potentially get a ring. Pretty selfish attitude putting his accolades before the team.

  12. “I’m so proud to have been a part of the Chiefs for 12 seasons and will always feel like a part of their family,” Gonzalez said in January, per Chiefs.com. “Kansas City is dear to me and I am honored to be inducted into their Hall of Fame.” … Actually its a huge kick in the pants. Tony Gonzalez was just enshrined in the Chiefs’ Ring of Honor at Arrowhead Stadium. (December) He’s full of himself and just says what he thinks people want to hear at that given time. He’s an idiot. Just go away. Chiefs need to remove his stupid name from the stadium.

  13. I’ll just say this. He was a jerk to the fans in KC the whole time he played there.

    As far as the rest goes, Atlanta is, and will always be a dumpster fire, even compared to an under performing Chiefs franchise. One of the worst franchise’s in NFL history.

  14. harnessb1tch says:
    February 5, 2019 at 4:22 pm
    Falcons fans were also pretty offended when the season after Tony retired, he stated if the team was in a position to make the playoffs and potentially make a deep run, that he would come back to the team… ATL fans collectively said that if you’re not in it from the start, then don’t bandwagon later just so you can potentially get a ring. Pretty selfish attitude putting his accolades before the team.
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    It’s the same reason he left KC. They were looking like a dumpster fire when he went to Atlanta. Then when the Falcons headed the wrong direction he retired. He was hunting a ring and never got it.

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