Tony Gonzalez left Kansas City with the chance for a Super Bowl ring in his mind. While he fell short his first year in Atlanta, he has two more years left on his contract. By then he would retire? Not so, the former Chiefs great told The Star’s Randy Covitz.
“Physically, I feel like I can play another three, four years at a pretty good level,” he said. “Right now, everybody knows what I’m playing for. It’s no secret. I’m playing for a Super Bowl. I’m not playing for stats. I’m not playing for (fame). I’ve done everything I ever wanted to do in a career. And more. Both on and off the field.
“The closure I’m looking for, and I hope I can get … and if I can’t, it’s not going to devastate me. But that’s what I’m working for, that’s what all my energy is for, that ring.”
In the article, Covitz takes this to mean TG would still be a Falcon when Atlanta is due to visit Kansas City in the regular season. But what would be preventing Gonzalez from returning to Kansas City in 2012 as a Chief?
If Scott Pioli and Todd Haley’s process goes even close to how it is currently planned, the Chiefs could be in a better position to win the Super Bowl than the Falcons.
Gonzalez talks about closure. I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of any better way for him to accomplish that than taking the Chiefs fans along for the ride.
Last year after the trade went down, Gonzalez immediately switched from talking about only having a couple years of playing left in his body to hinting at a contract beyond his current deal. I said at the time that if he stayed in Atlanta beyond 2011 after passing on the chance to help turn the Chiefs around that it would hurt his legacy in Kansas City and stand by that statement.
The Chiefs are still putting the pieces together and have a way to go before being seen as a Super Bowl contender. However if they do make strides, how could it hurt to add a Hall of Famer? Especially when that player is one of the best players in franchise history.