Kansas City Chiefs fans should be congratulating longtime tight end Tony Gonzalez on his Hall of Fame win, but instead some are smarting from his recent comments.
Tony Gonzalez is certainly a man who knows how to handle himself in front of a camera and microphone. Each and every week, he does a great job as a broadcaster and analyst after a brilliant career as an NFL player. However some of his latest comments have been interesting, to say the least, and for some Kansas City Chiefs fans, they’ve been a bit too much.
Gonzalez was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, one of eight new members who will be inducted into the Hall in early August. During a week of Super Bowl festivities, the media’s presence has been constant around players in the Atlanta area and Gonzalez has given a few quotes this week that has concerned some Chiefs fans.
Exhibit A can be found here in a video
The full quote given: The Falcons honestly made my career. It really did. Nothing against Kansas City. I was there 12 years, only three playoff games. But when I got to Atlanta, it’s like now you’re part of this winning organization or on TV every week. Now I’m doing Monday Night Football, Sunday Night Football games. I love it here. I love being back here.
Gonzalez also recorded a special video just for Falcons fans after being voted into the Hall of Fame. He mentions how much he loved playing in ATL in particular and says a Super Bowl is coming soon for the city.
More Articles About Tony Gonzalez:
This could all be easily dismissed if it was just one tweet, but these are actually beginning to accrue over time. The first eyebrow-raising tweet came earlier this week when Gonzalez posted the following:
For some fans, it proved a bit too much to handle. The response was instant on Twitter with passionate Chiefs fans deciding to turn their backs on a franchise icon.
For others, however, it was clear that there’s nothing with Tony Gonzalez enjoying his pro career after spending well over a decade in Kansas City. Gonzalez put up with a lot of losing in K.C. and was the lone bright spot offensive alongside plenty of poor quarterback options. Chiefs fans don’t have to feel threatened just because Gonzalez might have enjoyed his final five seasons with the Falcons.
Even more, it’s important to understand that the Super Bowl is being held in Atlanta. Gonzalez isn’t talking to the Star. Instead he’s addressing the media in Atlanta about Atlanta as a former Atlanta Falcons player, so of course he’s going to be loud and proud for the region.
It will be interesting to see how long any such sentiments linger, since the induction ceremony is several months away. Either way it’s clear that Chiefs Kingdom isn’t quite as excited as they would have been if Gonzalez had never said anything.