The Kansas City Chiefs traded TE Tony Gonzalez to the Atlanta Falcons after the 2008 season following an amazing 12-year stint with the franchise. As it turns out, the future Hall of Famer was pushing for a trade to the New York Giants who had just won the Super Bowl.
“I was pushing for that, too. But it didn’t happen; I think they thought I was too old back then,” Gonzalez told the Star Ledger.
There was a lot of talk bouncing around Kansas City leading up to the trade of Gonzalez to the Falcons with plenty of teams rumored to be in the running, but I don’t ever remember either New York team being among them. It would definitely have been interesting to see him get to play on the huge stage that the Giants provide. But once the trade back in 2008 didn’t go down, Gonzalez just saw another team he wanted to show he could still play.
The tight end remembered fondly the first time he got to go up against the Giants as a member of the Falcons in 2009 and caught eight passes for 82 yards and a score. Obviously he’ll be looking to repeat that performance on Sunday when he heads to New York for a playoff game.
As Chiefs fans know all too well, for all of the amazing stats Gonzalez has put up, he has yet to win a playoff game in the NFL. But as he said when he pushed for a trade out of Kansas City, Gonzalez is looking for much more than just one win beyond Week 17.
“It’s not about just winning a playoff game, I don’t care. It’s about going out there and hopefully winning a Super Bowl.”
With the Chiefs sitting this postseason out, there are few things to root for, but for a lot of people around Kansas City, Gonzalez finally getting over the playoff hump is a big one.