Tony Gonzalez' retirement moves closer, teammate says

USA TODAY Sports

According to Falcons backup tight end Michael Palmer, future hall of fame tight end Tony Gonzalez is "97-percent sure" that he'll retire now that he's won a playoff game.

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez has had a brilliant 16-year career in the NFL, and when he retires he'll have a spot waiting for him in Canton. It's currently unclear, though, as to when Gonzalez plans to end his career. Until last weekend, Gonzalez had amazingly not been on a single team that has won a playoff game. Having one postseason win under his belt, according to one teammate, has made Gonzalez consider retiring after this season.

"He told me today he's moving up to 97-percent sure after that win last week," backup tight end Michael Palmer told USA TODAY Sports Thursday. "From what I can get from him, if we win the Super Bowl, I think he'll ride off into the sunset."

Gonzalez caught 93 passes for 930 yards and eight touchdowns in the 2012 season, which was second among tight ends behind the Cowboys' Jason Witten. Over his 16-year career, Gonzalez has caught 1,242 passes for 14,268 yards and 103 touchdowns. His 14,268 total career yards are the most of any tight end in the history of the league.

If winning a playoff game has boosted Gonzalez' chances of retirement to 97 percent, then winning a super bowl would likely put him at 100. However, Falcons running back Michael Turner has informed Gonzalez that if he wins a Super Bowl, he'll have to return for another season to defend his title.

"I told him if we win it, he has to defend it," running back Michael Turner said. "He's never been in that position before. That would be something new for him next (season). I just try to give him little challenges every year."

Gonzalez, a 10-time All Pro, will be looking to advance to Super Bowl XLVII, where the Falcons would play the Patriots or Ravens, if they can get past the 49ers in the NFC Championship game.


X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.