Tony Gonzalez to suit up one last time
It’s been one awesome ride for Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez as he hangs up the cleats after 16 seasons as one of the league’s premier pass catchers.
But before it’s all over, Gonzalez will suit up one last time as a member of the Atlanta Falcons for his 14th Pro Bowl.
The league announced today that the future Hall of Famer will replace 49ers tight end Vernon Davis in the annual All-Star game held in Hawaii.
Many thought that 88 had suited up for his last game in Atlanta’s 21-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers on December 29th, so when the announcement was made, Gonzo started packing his bags immediately to head for Hawaii.
Here’s the official announcement from the Falcons:
The National Football League announced today that Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez has been selected to the 2013 Pro Bowl. Gonzalez will replace San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis.
Gonzalez was named to the Pro Bowl for the 14th time in his career and the fourth time in his five seasons with the Falcons. He has been chosen as a Pro Bowler for the fourth straight season after catching a team-high 79 passes for 803 yards with eight touchdowns. He ranks third among tight ends in receptions, tied for fourth in touchdowns, and fifth in yards this season. In 2013, Gonzalez (210) joined WR Jerry Rice (274) as the only players in NFL history to catch at least one pass in 200 straight games. He also joined Rice as the Gonzalez joined WR Jerry Rice as the only players in NFL history with 16 50-catch seasons.
The future Hall of Famer continued his assault on the NFL record books in this season, breaking WR Tim Brown’s NFL record by recording his 11th straight 70-catch season and becoming just the fifth player in NFL history to record 15,000 career receiving yards (15,071). Additionally, Gonzalez has more career receptions (1,321), receiving yards (15,071), touchdown catches (111), 100-yard games (31), Pro Bowl appearances (14) and 1,000-yard seasons (four) than any other tight end in NFL history.
Gonzalez’s appearance will mark his last as a Pro, but his first in the league’s new draft format where it has elected captains to hold a two-day draft of player selections.
The first day of the draft was held today, January 21st, with the second being broadcast tomorrow where Gonzalez will be selected.
Here’s to Tony G and a great career. Even though the Pro Bowl is a laughable event, fans should be thrilled that Gonzalez gets to give it one more go.
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