Tony Gonzalez thanks the fans for their support on Twitter

110115 Atlanta - Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner, left, and tight end Tony Gonzalez, right, walk off the field after a 48-21 playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011.     Curtis Compton  ccompton@ajc.com

110115 Atlanta - Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner, left, and tight end Tony Gonzalez, right, walk off the field after a 48-21 playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez thanked the fans today on his Twitter.com account.

He wrote, “Hey Guys, I wanted to thank you all for your support this season. Without you we never would have made it that far. Thanks!!”

After the game, Gonzalez didn’t sound like a player headed for retirement. After getting hurt, he scrambled to get well and back into the game.

He has one-year left on his contract and said was still a “possibility” that he might. He definitely waiting to see if they have to play an 18-game schedule and that will certainly factor into his decision.

Gonzalez, who’s headed to his 11th Pro Bowl, caught 70 passes this season.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter

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Falcon James

January 17th, 2011
4:10 pm

Hot dog. I first

Falcon James

January 17th, 2011
4:11 pm

Tony G.- Don’t think about retiring just yet. We need your protege drafted.

Gamer

January 17th, 2011
4:16 pm

THANKS TONY G. FOR AN OUTSTANDING SEASON OF PERFORMANCE AND LEADERSHIP!!!!

THE FALCONS WILL NEED THAT BRAND OF PLAYER AGAIN NEXT YEAR, SO PLEASE RETURN NEXT SEASON..

NEXT YEAR THE FALCONS WILL GET BETTER…MAKING ANOTHER RUN TO SUPERBOWL…WITH A FEW UPGRADES…

GO FALCONS….

Raiderbeater

January 17th, 2011
4:32 pm

The NFL doesn’t need 16 freaking GAMES! They are going to cut the preseason games by two as an excuse…thats like cutting spring training for baseball….the real stars don;t play…the guys looking for roster spots do!

C from Marietta

January 17th, 2011
4:32 pm

Please comeback for one more year. You are a great player and a class act. The league needs more players like you.

Sam

January 17th, 2011
4:33 pm

Dear Tony,
ThankYOU…for your valuable contribution to atlanta ball club & ofcourse, city of atlanta. We will support your decision no matter what & do understand it will be in your best interests. Which is natural after what you have been through.
But, all I can ask as a fan & also, behalf on other fans is that, PLEASE allow one more year….to this franchise & your core unit which you unwavering faith.
I am very much positive Mr.Blank / TD / Smitty will do everything in their will power to “add-on” some versatile veteran talent in weak areas to make our team relevant as s “superbowl” contender rather then just a playoff team.
We sincerely hope you will reconsider your retirement thought if any at the moment.

Sincerely,

-Sam.

Big Mike

January 17th, 2011
4:33 pm

Falcons should use their draft pick on Cam Newton and let him learn the ropes at tight end behind Tony Gonzalez next season so he’ll be ready to take over the job in 2012.

Big Mike

January 17th, 2011
4:34 pm

2012 or whenever Tony decides to retire.

Lora Medlin

January 17th, 2011
4:37 pm

Thank You Tony for a fantastic season! With a few adjustments we will be right back in it next year!!!

GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!

ChopperPilot74

January 17th, 2011
4:40 pm

I agree with you Big Mike. Newton’s size/speed would be awesome at tight end.

florida falcon

January 17th, 2011
4:46 pm

Come back for 1 more year man. I am sure the money won’t hurt however I still believe in the birds. Thanks to all you guys for the wonderful season, even though this weekend was hard to stomach. The real fans still believe that you guys can get it done.

chalkdawg4

January 17th, 2011
4:47 pm

Cam is interesting at our spot. A lot of athletic ability. TE, 3rd down back, Emergency QB, wildcat, strong safety, special teams, lots of possibilities.

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blazerdawg

January 17th, 2011
5:02 pm

THANK YOU for your skill, effort and leadership Tony.

MR164164

January 17th, 2011
5:13 pm

Really….Cam at TE…..Really?
Tebow @ QB but Cam @ TE? I would bet that most of you went through the GA school system. Not big on logic huh?

Post-it

January 17th, 2011
5:25 pm

Cam Newton. Give me a break. We’re all about character, remember?

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Lesa

January 17th, 2011
5:36 pm

Thanks to you, Tony, for being a big part of the amazing 2010 season. Hope you decide to return next year. We need you!

Chaos

January 17th, 2011
5:40 pm

“Tony G” love you dawg, hope you do one more….

Section 108

January 17th, 2011
5:44 pm

Mr. and Mrs. Gonzalez,

The season ticket holders of Atlanta thank you for your hard work, dedication, and missed time away from your family over these years. You were our rock, tried and true, and this City owes you a huge debt of gratitude.

You came to Atlanta looking for a championship. This year we were possibly one game away from getting that opportunity. The season ticket holders of Atlanta and true Falcon fans across the world ask you to come back for one more season so that you and our dream of a championship can be fulfilled.

Look at our progression over the last 3 years. Before you and Matty Ice got here, our organization was in shambles. I mean shambles. Then we had a miraclous turn-around. Falcons made it to the playoffs the 1st year when nobody thought we would win 4 games. 2nd year injuries hurt us a bit, but we accomplished the 1st ever back to back winning seasons in Falcons History. 3rd season – a truly magical season – last minute unbelievable wins – Green Bay regular season, Cincinatti, Baltimore, Tampa. 13-3, 1st seed in NFC. Logic would dictate that the Falcons have no where to go but up. Granted, the Falcons have a lot of soul searching to do this offseason. They need to discover that missing piece of the puzzle that pushes them into the elite. We are close. Help us find that missing piece of the puzzle.

One more season. That is all we ask.

Go Falcons,
Section 108, last row
12 year season ticket holder

Tia

January 17th, 2011
5:52 pm

Tony,

Although Altanta understands that when you retire you will sign the honorary contract to retire as a Kansas City Chief. We also understand that when inducted into the HOF you will go in as a Chief. For three years, we have had the honor of being upfront fans of yours and have watched you have such a tremendous impact. The legacy of your career is with Kansas, but at least let the Falcons help you achieve one thing and help you get that Super Bowl ring you deserve. At least let part of your legacy have the Atlanta Falcons name attached to it. PLEASE don’t retire yet.

Reid Adair

January 17th, 2011
5:56 pm

Tony Gonzalez is a class act. Whether he decides to retire or not, he has established himself as the best tight end in the history of the NFL.

I hope he comes back for another year, but if he doesn’t, he’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

Just sayin'

January 17th, 2011
6:00 pm

What do you care about this team DOL? I mean really. You made your point loud and clear with your love for the Packers in your “Behind Enemy Lines” article. Why are you still writing about the Falcons after the season has come to an embarrasing end? Are you just here to rub it in? Gotta love the AJC. Paying disloyal reporters for 9 sentences.

Tom Pridemore was tough

January 17th, 2011
6:20 pm

nice post Tia….Ditto

jalex49

January 17th, 2011
6:20 pm

Thanks Tony G.

Glad you are a Falcon. Hope you come back. The Falcons need your play and leadership. We were very fortunate to have you and really want for you to stay if you feel up to it.

Thanks again, you are one of the players who gave their all.

ml

January 17th, 2011
6:49 pm

to lose like that was pathetic. to lose in the same way the 49ers used to pick us apart was tremendously awful. to say it was poor coaching would be like saying Custer just made a wrong turn.
and to be talking about keeping the all of the current staff in place is not hopeful, but self destructive. maybe Smitty you shouldn’t be the same guy John Abraham sees every day, maybe you should do a fire lighting under some butts occasionally. and Mike Mularkey…recycle that guy through the NFL’s coaching mill, again, and get someone that doesn’t think Pickett was a great leader and that Alexander was!

Falcon Fan

January 17th, 2011
7:23 pm

Thanks big man for a great season..Hope to see you back next year. Lets win it all next year!!!!!!!

GT GRAD

January 17th, 2011
7:23 pm

I know a significant number of Atlanta Falcon fans & I can honestly say that 100% of the fans I know truly appreciate Tony Gonzalez and would really like to see him playing for the Falcons again next season.

Thanks Tony for everything you have done to help the Atlanta Falcons organization and I hope you decide to play again next season!

Falcon 2

January 17th, 2011
7:24 pm

Hope Mularkey get head job and moves on………….

jojatek

January 17th, 2011
7:29 pm

Class act. Tony… for those of us who have been fans since the ’70s (or longer), we are clearly in this for the long-haul. Come back for one more year, then stay with this organization and help Dimitroff build something special in what we all know has the potential to be the biggest NFL market in the nation (SEC football has proven that…).

If you make a different decision, then thank you for letting us share in just a small part of your HOF career.

Falcon 2012

January 17th, 2011
7:31 pm

Tony agree you got to return one more year…you got to get that ring in Atlanta.You’re my son’s #1 player…Please return.

This Gets Old!

January 17th, 2011
8:33 pm

@We also understand that when inducted into the HOF you will go in as a Chief

The NFL Hall of Fame isn’t like that. You don’t go in as a member of anything other than an NFL HOF. Thus the Yellow Blazer which is in effect the uniform.

SeenThisB4

January 17th, 2011
8:35 pm

Time for you to retire TG. You’ve had a long productive career, but it’s all diminishing productivity for you and has been since you arrived at ATL. Have some pride and walk away.

Get out now before you’re left with a permanent injury playing for a second class, bush league team like the falcan’ts.

Back 2 Reality

January 17th, 2011
9:07 pm

Hey Big Mike@4:33pm, in case you didn’t know, Cam Newton plays the quarterback position. You might have heard, he and his team won the college national championship a week ago today. Just in case you’re a little confuse.

Bird attack

January 17th, 2011
10:48 pm

Gonzo lived up to his billing coming to Atlanta. Great addition to the team.

Singletary

January 17th, 2011
11:01 pm

I really thought this was our year. Everything would coalesce; everyone acknowledged we wanted to get Tony G a ring. Nothing hurt worse than seeing the picture that lead this article. Were we (and Pats) coached to be the perfect regular season team? with out the swagger/moxie to move beyond?

I don’t know, but I’d like to try again. I understand if he doesn’t come back for 18. Heck, the whole season may be ruined. Really.

Big Mike

January 17th, 2011
11:32 pm

Back 2 Reality@ 9:07PM

In case you didn’t know, the NFL is a step above college. Newton has played essentially one season at the major college level. How many teams in the NFL run an offense like Auburn’s? How many teams in the NFL allow their QB to run the ball 15-20 times per game? Explain to me again how Newton winning the Heisman impacts his play in the NFL? Does having the Heisman on his shelf automatically improve his passing accuracy, knowledge of reading defenses, poise, ability to pick up and master a pro style offense or decision making?

And before someone suggests my opinion of Newton has anything to do with his ethnicity, I said similar things about Tebow. At least with Tebow, he started at QB in a BCS conference for three years and had no off the field incidents or arrests in his background. But Tebow also played in a gimmick offense that isn’t used in the pros and there were questions about his accuracy as well.

Now, if you want to have a serious discussion on this, speak to those legit issues that I brought up. If you want to point to the Heisman as the only support for you case, I could name at least a dozen Heisman winners just over the past 20 years or so that have done next to nothing in the NFL. The Heisman is irrelevant when it comes to projecting what a guy will do in the NFL. Guys like Jason White, Gino Torretta, Matt Leinart, Troy Smith, Danny Wuerffel, Chris Weinke, Ty Detmer, Andre Ware and Charlie Ward were Heisman winning QBs and a few of them also led their teams to national titles. How’d their NFL careers turn out?

Chiefsfan82

January 17th, 2011
11:52 pm

Gonzales is a disloyal piece of crap. When he figures out the Falcons won’t get him a SB ring he’ll bail on you too. Good riddance to that self centered piece of crap.

BigHittas

January 18th, 2011
1:36 am

TonyG is the best!
Hope you come back next year!

BigHittas

January 18th, 2011
1:39 am

BUT! Can someone please explain the TOTAL collapse of a 13-3 team? I don’t understand how it could happen. You play tough football all year and then totally fall apart against a team you already beat? I know GB is a top team, but how can you get punked like that at home?
Call me confused.
BH

BigHittas

January 18th, 2011
1:46 am

BYW, I think Cam Newton is gonna make one heluva pro QB. The tosses the pill very well; better than Ronnie Mexico or sure and brings the same element (running) to the game. It wouldn’t bother me if the Birds went after him….but of course I wanted them to draft D McFadden, too!

BigHittas

January 18th, 2011
1:48 am

and I’ll say one more thing! :) It’s a shame that Tony G only got a look or two in that game. One of the best in the league and he isn’t in the gameplan? That’s plain stupid, and Smitty is right to say they did a poor a$$ job coaching.

Samuel

January 18th, 2011
6:45 am

Thanks Tony G ,take a vacation and come back and then make your decision if you will return. If the Falcons motto is accountability someone on that coaching staff needs to go. Coach Smith give yoursef sometime and come back and make the tuff decisions. Remember it’s nothing personal, but business as usual.

LKW

January 18th, 2011
8:11 am

Tony, Like we told Roddy – we don’t want to be thanked for being fans, nor do we want to hear any apologies for your bad performance! We Want a SUPERBOWL RING! We want a TEAM that can perform in Post Season. We have stood by the Falcons year after year only to get let down – year after year. Why hasn’t this team developed any new plays? Why hasn’t Ryan learned to read the field and have a back up player if player A is covered? Why is this team still playing plays that are played in High School? Why are we not cutting our losses with players that cannot, and do not perform because of constant injuries. Ryan cannot read the field, Turner cannot run, Peterson has been injured more than he has played, Finneran has spent most of the past 5 years injuried, Owns evidently has not learned how to watch his opponent without getting called for pass interferance, Mike Smith and his coaching staff have not learned to develope new plays, we are still making the same plays that were made 10 years ago! I have no plans to buy another Falcon ticket, another jersey, another anything with Falcons name or logo on it. Next year I will be a fan of whatever team plays and wins! I have debated and aruged my last time, during the Pep Rally, for you all (on January 14th) and then you blow the game! How much did you all get paid to lose?

RM

January 18th, 2011
8:28 am

Tony, come back! You are still a beast on the field and it better shape than most guys 10 years younger than you. One more year! One more year!

Dukester

January 18th, 2011
8:38 am

@BIG MIKE I agree with you the heisman has nothing to do with the success or failure of a college player becoming a successful NFL QB. But look at the list you provided of all of the Heisman winners that didnt translate in the NFL. None of them switched to another position they all brought their Heisman and their inadequate QB skills (so you think) and gave it a try. So why should Cam Newton switch to tight end? Why cant he give a try to succeed or fail? If he fails add him to the list if he succeeds then your theory would be wrong.

Mr Zizzle

January 18th, 2011
8:43 am

Tony G! Please come back for at least one more ride! You guys caught a hot Green Bay team and lost a few key breaks! It will be better next year! Falcons 2011 Baby! Get that CBA done NFL!

Blood& Guts

January 18th, 2011
8:54 am

I’ve heard enough talk & excuses from the Falcons & The Dawgs. It’s time to shut up and GET BETTER for next year, not just wait for next year

The Man

January 18th, 2011
9:02 am

When Tony Gonzalez gets a black eye, does he put a steak on it????

D man

January 18th, 2011
9:09 am

Thanks Tony, but Im still hurting…