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Tony Gonzalez: Former Chiefs Great Officially Retires

Tony Gonzalez played in the NFL for 17 seasons, 12 of them with the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s being reported today that Gonzalez is officially retiring from the NFL.

“On behalf of the entire Chiefs family, I want to congratulate Tony on an incredible career,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “What he was able to accomplish during his time in the NFL is truly remarkable, and I have no doubt that Tony is a first-ballot hall of famer. We were very blessed to have him in a Chiefs uniform for 12 seasons, and his contributions on and off the field were extraordinary and will never be forgotten. I want to thank Tony for his time in Kansas City and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. He will always be considered a part of the Chiefs family.”

Gonzalez will undoubtedly be in the Hall of Fame, and it would be fitting for him to be inducted as a Chief.

He was drafted No. 13 overall in the 1997 NFL draft by the Chiefs, and went to 10 Pro Bowls with Kansas City. He started 174 games with the Chiefs and caught at least one pass in 131 consecutive contests. That’s a franchise record.

Gonzalez was a first-team All-Pro five times with the Chiefs, and he’s the only tight end in NFL history to notch four 1,000 yard seasons. All four of those seasons came with Kansas City (2000,2004, 2007 and 2008). 

In total, as both a member of the Chiefs and the Atlanta Falcons, Gonzalez was selected to 13 Pro Bowls, has played in 270 regular season games; and has the NFL tight end record in receptions with 1,325, receiving yards with 15,127, receiving touchdowns with 111 and 100-yard receiving games with 31.


Note: Quotes via Chiefs PR

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  • KCMikeG

    The greatest TE ever. It was exciting to watch him play and a honor to call him a Chief. Now bring him back to KC if not a player then a coach. Can you imagine the impact he could have on our young roster of TE’s? The TE is the most important piece of Reid’s WCO system. Match made in Super Bowl heaven and Tony gets his SB ring.

    • RepOurChiefs

      Indeed. My girlfriend found his United Way commercial (egg on him lol) and posted it to my FB wall. Nostagic. #comehomeTG88

  • Stacy D. Smith

    An amazing career for the best player to ever play the position in the NFL. #solongTonyG

  • BWrangler

    Sign him to a one-day contract and let him go out as a Chief. Watching that man drag an entire defense into the endzone from the 10-yard line time after time after time, was something I never grew tired of watching. I think a Chiefs SB berth would have been all but in the bag if we could’ve traded for him, but that’s neither here nor there I guess.

    Thanks for the memories #88. You’re an even better man than you are a football player. Never got in trouble off the field, been married and presumably faithful his smoking hot wife, charitable and kind and a physical specimen.