When Tony Gonzalez was first traded by the Kansas City Chiefs he talked about being near the end of his career. Could this be that end if the Falcons win it all? The AJC posed that very question to the Hall of Famer.
“I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that I didn’t think about it,” Gonzalez said of retiring. “I’d be a fool if I didn’t think about it; just trying to be prepared a little bit. But you think about it and then you detach from it.”
Gonzalez, who turns 35 in February, doesn’t appear to be slowing down. Last week, he became the first player in league history to catch 60 or more passes in 12 consecutive seasons. He has 62 catches for 591 yards and five touchdowns this season.
“Right now, I feel great, though,” Gonzalez said. “I can tell you if it came down to coming back next year, I could do it easily from a physical standpoint.”
The league’s shaky labor situation is a concern. If there is a lockout, Gonzalez is not sure where that would lead him.
Back in August Gonzalez told The Star that he feels physically he can play for another three or four seasons but made it clear that the only thing he is playing for is a Super Bowl. I could absolutely see him stepping away from the game after this season if the Falcons win it all. With that being said…
If Atlanta does not win the Super Bowl this season or next and Gonzalez enters free agency, I will continue to lobby for his return to Kansas City. There is no reason to believe the Falcons will have any better chance to take home the Lombardi trophy than the Chiefs in two years and I think we can all agree that TG should end his career where it started.