Tony Gonzalez Will Always Be A Chief

Tight end Tony Gonzalez will finish up his NFL career this upcoming Sunday afternoon.

Unfortunately, his last game won’t be in a Chiefs’ jersey and it won’t be at Arrowhead, but that shouldn’t ruin the memory or tarnish the legend of the great Kansas City tight end.

Great players must eventually leave the game, and it’s truly a blessing when they can leave under their own power. That will be the case for Tony Gonzalez, and that’s one of the many reasons to fondly celebrate his career this Sunday.

Despite the fact that he was never able to win a Super Bowl, Gonzalez will leave the NFL with at least 1,321 catches, 15,071 yards and 111 touchdowns. He may be able to add to add to those numbers against the Carolina Panthers as a member of the Atlanta Falcons.

He’s played 17 seasons in the NFL, 12 of them as a member of the Chiefs. Gonzalez has won Pro Bowl honors 13 times and is a six-time first team all-pro.

Gonzalez notched over 1,000 yards in a single season four times during his career, and that’s amazing considering that he’s a tight end.  It’s a position that has to split time between blocking and receiving mind you, and much of a tight end’s effectiveness comes in the red zone where yards aren’t readily available. Gonzalez did what Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham do now before the tight end really because a hybrid position, and one could easily argue that he paved the way for what we see today in the NFL. 

He had three double-digit touchdown seasons, all with the Chiefs, and even as a 37-year old, he’s helped Atlanta to the tune of 803 yards and eight touchdowns this season.

Gonzalez is truly one of the best ever, and it’s going to be sad to see him go.

He may not have a ring, but he’ll be one of the few rare great ones to not be defined by that fact. Gonzalez’ legacy in the NFL will mean more than a hundred Super Bowl rings.

Even though many wished that he would somehow find his way back to Kansas City, there’s a part of me that believes a part of Kansas City will be able to find its way back to him this Sunday afternoon.

He’ll leave the field as a Falcon, but there’s no denying the fact that he’ll always be a Chief.

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  • Michael Anthony Dine

    I’ll always miss him in kc we haven’t had a receiver like him since got traded

  • Pridenpoise

    And Marcus Allen will always be a Raider, just saying.

    • Cleetus McGee

      Nah, Raiders-Allen ended badly because of Davis. Chiefs-Gonzalez was a friendly parting of ways. Both the Chiefs and Gonzo said during this season that they would be open to a trade that brought him back to KC. The Falcons stopped it. Such was not the case with Raiders-Allen. ;)

      • Pridenpoise

        Just because Davis had a problem with him does not mean the fans did, and at the end of the day it’s about the fans, not the owners, and I reiterate Allen will always be a Raider regardless of the way he left.

  • Troy Utt

    Sorry I know some are in disagreement, but Gonzalez truly is one of the Chief Greats! I can only hope he retires as one, that his number is added to the ring, & he is given his due… As he would gladly be welcomed back into Arrowhead!!! WAR CHIEFS!!!

  • GDL40

    Not only one of the best Chiefs in history, but one of the BEST players EVER in the history of the NFL ! Best TE in history without a doubt in my mind…..classy…..hard worker….humble…. Wish he would sign with the Chiefs, and play 1 game with the Chiefs IN Arrowhead…… although i can’t be there, it would be awesome to see, and chiefs fans deserve that…..

  • josh

    He will always be a chief, but he turned his back on them

  • Arrowhead Magic

    I’ll be looking forward to seeing him in the Hall in five years.

  • Mark Bustamante

    We as CHIEFS FANS will always love and admire Tony G! What a class athlete and a classic football player.

  • KCMikeG

    Why would’t he come back to KC next year? He had over 800 yards and 8 TD’s in an offense that has two WR’s as good or better then our best. In Reid’s offense he would have another 1,000 yard season double digit TD’s and would be AS11′s favorite target. He would open the field for our WR’s and be the best mentor for our young stable of TE’s.

    • Andy

      I could not agree more. I would love to see Tony play once more for the Chiefs, sort of a farwell tour. Smith loves the TE position and Tony G has a lot left. He certainly would provide lockeroom leadership. The problem is the Farve syndrom ie retire, come out of retirement, retire, come out of retiement, retire.

      • KCMikeG

        I think he has another year in him. Even if Tony is really done and retires why wouldn’t we want him as a coach? Both Kelce and Harris have huge potential. The Beard is only in his 2nd year. We will surely add another prospect for camp this offseason. Can’t imagine a better situation than having the best TE EVER coaching these young guns.

        • A1 Yola

          I never understood why the Chiefs don’t hire former stars as coaches. Priest Holmes would make an excellent RB coach, in theory anyway.

    • spencer

      well to be honest he only had 1 better than ours on the team, since Julio Jones was out for the season very early, and Roddy White was injured basically half the season as well, played more than half but was rarely healthy…unless you believe Harry Douglas is better than all of our wrs…which isn’t completely untrue

      but anyway, most of that isn’t going to your point on how he would have a great season in KC…of course he would but sadly he’s choosing his body over money it appears…or thankfully

      • KCMikeG

        I agree with you about the injuries but hate to break it on you – yes, this year Harry Douglas, the #3 WR in ATL is better than every WR on our roster including Bowe. Douglas is the NFL’s 15th ranked WR while Bowe is #33. Unbelievable… for a lot less than $56M too. Douglas has 1,009 yards to Bowe’s 673. Roddy White has only played in 12 games yet has nearly as many yards as Bowe at 620. White has been outperforming Bowe for three years and a healthy Julio Jones is immensely better than Bowe. Yes Bowe has 3 more TD’s but also leads them all in drops. You’re right about Tony choosing his body over $$$ I think. How selfish of him. I think he owes us a year since we let him go chase his ring in ATL for 5 years.

  • RepOurChiefs

    When Gonzo joined or beloved Chiefs, seems like only yesterday I was watching that United Way commercial when the kitchen worker dropped an egg on him his rookie year. Wow…you will always be part of this TonyG.

    • Patrick Allen

      That is amazing. Did you do that?

      • RepOurChiefs

        Lol No.. it was sent to me by a friend in Arizona. ..I busted my gut when I saw it.

  • Horace Lee Madre Jr

    No! What has he done in the post season in a Chiefs uniform???? I said it before and I’ll say it again

  • A1 Yola

    When will they retire his number 88? When will they retire 31?