Tony Gonzalez talks Alex Smith, Eric Fisher and more

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Feb 1, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez walks the red carpet prior to the NFL Honors at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs were lucky enough to enjoy perhaps the greatest tight end in National Football League history for the better part of 12 seasons. Tony Gonzalez was drafted in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft by general manager Carl Peterson and went on to play 17 seasons, reaching the Pro Bowl 14 times and being named an All-Pro another 10 times.

Gonzalez finished his career with 1,325 catches and 15,127 yards along with 111 touchdowns, all records for a tight end. Only Jerry Rice has more receiving yardage, showcasing Gonzalez’s dominance.

On Friday, Gonzalez took time to speak with me about many topics, including the Chiefs current state, Alex Smith, and a few of his ventures. Here’s what Gonzalez had to say:

Q: When we spoke in August, you and I both thought the Chiefs would win the AFC West. What happened?

A: Jeeze, I think the offensive lineman, losing the center (Rodney Hudson) to the Raiders, it was a big deal. Eric Fisher has been slow to develop, I thought he would play better at the start although he is playing better now. Then (Jamaal) Charles getting hurt and the receiving situation. I thought (Jeremy) Maclin would have huge numbers and he’s played alright but maybe he needs another year in the system. I was there that second game of the season and they should have beaten the Broncos easily. Sometimes when you lose those types of games in that situation, in that fashion, it throws you into a tailspin. They’re season certainly isn’t over, they still have time.

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