Gil Brandt, longtime NFL analyst, says Tony Gonzalez is the best tight end in the history of the league.
If you’ve visited the mother ship of the National Football League, then you know the league has been counting down the best players of all time as listed by longtime analyst Gil Brandt. On Wednesday, the NFL debuted his list of the top tight ends of all-time and one of the Kansas City Chiefs franchise greats, Tony Gonzalez, found himself at No. 1 overall.
Gonzalez is not yet officially a Hall of Famer, but his candidacy is unquestioned. Once he is eligible, Canton will soon have a bust of Gonzalez front and center for induction since the former Chiefs tight end holds every record for the position and then some. He holds the record for most Pro Bowl appearances with 14 and holds records for tight ends for receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns.
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Even after being traded by the Chiefs to the Atlanta Falcons, for the incredible haul of Javier Arenas, Gonzalez continued to put up incredible numbers for the next five seasons in Atlanta, including another 35 receiving touchdowns. Even more incredible is the fact that he only missed two games in his entire 17-year NFL career.
Gonzalez was the only member of the Chiefs franchise on the list, although Travis Kelce will certainly enter the picture with another strong season this year. Tight end is still a relatively new position in terms of offensive use, historically speaking, and even Greg Olson of the Carolina Panthers came in at No. 13 overall on an all-time list. Kelce looks the part as the next great Chiefs tight end and it’s possible he could be a generational talent when all is said and done.