After a heartbreaking and devastating loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game, Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez has said that Sunday’s game was probably his last game as a professional NFL player.
“It’s probably the last time I’m going to wear that uniform,” Gonzalez said after the Falcons’ 28-24 loss. “I didn’t want to take it off, to tell you the truth. All good things come to an end, and like I said all season long, this is probably my last one. What an unbelievable ride.”
Tony Gonzalez had eight catches in the game for 72 yards, which included a 10 yard touchdown catch with 25 seconds left in the first half, which was the last time the Falcons scored in the NFC Championship. The 36-year-old tight end was voted to his third straight Pro Bowl in four seasons with the Falcons, but said Sunday he’s unlikely to play in the game.
Gonzalez says that he will wait and talk to his family before making a final decision.
“I’m not going to cry about it,” Gonzalez said after the conclusion of his 16th season. “I walk away with the satisfaction I left everything, absolutely everything, every time I was on the field. I wish it would have culminated with the Super Bowl, but it didn’t.”
Drafted 13th overall by the Chiefs in 1997, Gonzalez is second on the career receptions list with 1,242 and is the most decorated tight end in NFL history.