5. Tony Gonzalez – 10,000 Receiving Yards & 76 Touchdowns
"“That’s what football has always taught me. On the football field, you’re going to be afraid. Adversity is going to come towards you. you can’t run from it.” – Tony Gonzalez"
Tony Gonzalez is one of the most dominant tight ends and Kansas City Chiefs players of all time and has rightfully achieved his place in Canton amongst the greatest players to ever grace the gridiron. He was one of the first super star tight ends with both size and speed, a tight end the opposing defensive coordinator had to structure a game plan around stopping.
Gonzalez was a two-sport star at the University of California and that dynamic athleticism was what drew the Kansas City Chiefs to draft him in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft. Drafting a tight end with the 13th pick in the first round is generally frowned upon, but Gonzalez would make this look like a genius move.
From 1999 to 2008, Gonzalez never missed a single Pro Bowl and was voted First Team or Second Team All Pro every season but 2005. He led the Chiefs in receiving seven of those 10 seasons and was arguably one of the best offensive players in the league.
By the end of 2008, Gonzalez was considered by many as the greatest tight end ever. He was only the second tight end to break the 10,000 yards receiving mark, breaking Shannon Sharpe‘s old record in 2008. To this point in NFL history, nearly 10 years after he retired, he’s one of only four tight ends to accomplish the feat. He was the first tight end to break the 70 touchdown mark in 2008 and the first to break the 100 touchdown mark in 2012 with the Atlanta Falcons.
Tony Gonzalez is one of the most beloved players in Kansas City Chiefs history, and for good reason. His 10,000 receiving yards and 76 touchdowns with the franchise place him number five on this list of all-time franchise achievements.