In the end, another chance at a Super Bowl ring was too much to keep former Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez from calling it quits. Despite saying at the end of last season he was “probably” done, the future Hall of Famer will return for one more year.
Gonzalez told Jay Glazer of FOX Sports about his intentions after getting medical clearance.
“After discussing it with my family and really, truly struggling with this decision, I informed the Falcons that I would like to return for one more shot,” Gonzalez said. “Considering how this season ended, I wanted to give it another run with Matt (Ryan), Smitty (head coach Mike Smith) and the guys we have in there. It was the first time I had won a playoff game and hopefully coming back once more we can take it one step further.”
All last season, with Gonzalez continuing to play at a high level, there was plenty of skepticism that he would call it a career. But the tight end told Glazer he wasn’t blowing smoke all year.
“I was done, I thought I had my mind made up. This whole year I knew it would be my last but the way our final game ended and talking to all the guys in the locker room, in the end it was too difficult of a way for me to step away from the game.”
As soon as he was traded by the Chiefs to the Falcons, I had held out hope he might come back to Kansas City for a final year with the team ready to make a huge step forward. With a return to the Falcons imminent, we aren’t going to see him in a Kansas City jersey again until he take his spot in the Chiefs Hall of Fame.