Gonzalez needs four catches to reach 50 for 15th straight season

CMGd Single Player – AJC



FLOWERY BRANCH – With four more catches, Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez will have 50 catches for the season, marking the 15 straight season he’s caught at least 50 passes.

As a rookie in 1997, he caught 33 passes. He caught 59 in 1998 and he had a career-high 102 catches in 2004.

“I’ve got to give credit obviously to Matt (Ryan),” Gonzalez said. “Matt is playing really, really well right now. This is the best football he’s ever played in his career and I am not surprised by that. As he goes, we go.”

Gonzalez creates receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones for getting him one-on-one matchups.

“I’ve always felt if I have a one-n-one matchup I should be able to win the majority of times,” Gonzalez said. “I’m not going to win them all. But for the most part I am going to win them.”

Here’s some more from the future Hall of Famer:

On his level of admiration for Dallas tight end Jason Witten: Well, I have all of the respect for him. He plays the position the way it’s supposed to be played. He’s definitely, without a doubt, a dual tight end. That means he blocks and catches and obviously where the state of the tight end is at in the NFL right now. I mean a lot of these guys are just catching passes so I love seeing a guy like him blocking and catching the ball and doing both things very, very well.

On his start to the season: I’ve got to give credit obviously to Matt. Matt is playing really, really well right now. This is the best football he’s ever played in his career and I am not surprised by that. As he goes, we go. Then also with the addition of a guy like Roddy White on the outside and then you’ve got Julio Jones on the other side and Harry Douglas in the slot. It creates matchups and I’ve just been able to get that one-on-one matchup and I’ve always felt if I have a one-n-one matchup I should be able to win the majority of times. I’m not going to win them all. But for the most part I am going to win them.

On whether playing with Ryan will make him postpone retirement: Well, this is probably my last year. The way I am looking for it I am preparing for this to be my last year. I am not going to go all the way. I keep telling everybody the number I’m giving on it is 95 percent sure. There is no doubt I could keep playing for a couple more years at a pretty high level but it’s just almost that time for me. I see the window closing and hopefully it makes the choice easy if we go out and win a Super Bowl this year and I can ride off into the sunset.

On the player working to get him to change his mind: They’re doing their thing, especially Matt and Roddy and all of those guys. And I understand that. But I’m not even come close to thinking about that until the end of the season. A like I said, for the most part in my mind, it’s pretty much made up.

On the numbers he put up in Kansas City with the changes at QB: Yeah. It was tough. I ain’t going to lie to you. It was frustrating at times because you look around the league and see other tight ends doing some big things with these great quarterbacks. That’s one thing always mess with Shannon Sharpe about because he tells me he’s the best tight end to ever play the game. In hindsight, you had John Elway you’re whole career though. It’s definitely a luxury I wish I would have had. Nothing against the guys there. I played with some good guys, too, with Trent Green for four or five years. But if I had a guy like Matt for my whole career, shoot, the numbers I would have been able to put up they would have probably been even more. But at the same time, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It was a good experience with those guys out there and I made the most of it. And hopefully, our teams win couple of games.

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43 comments Add your comment

Decon

November 1st, 2012
1:26 pm

What a beast!

Pat

November 1st, 2012
1:26 pm

Michael M .

November 1st, 2012
1:37 pm

TG knows when it is time to get out of it………….only he knows how his body really feels after these games and it is easy for others to insist to him he can keep on playing but that will be up to him……………

Esquire

November 1st, 2012
1:54 pm

Damage Inc.

November 1st, 2012
1:58 pm

what did the Philly player do to him to get TG mad enough to draw a PF and try to get at him again?

Anwer This

November 1st, 2012
1:59 pm

I copy off of Decon……….WHAT A BEAST!

Daily Aued

November 1st, 2012
2:06 pm

One specialty offered from the morning. Known among locals crossed the bridge across.

Ford

November 1st, 2012
2:22 pm

Mr. Ledbetter,do you proofread your material? This is written at a fifth grade level.

jay

November 1st, 2012
2:45 pm

What makes me laugh so hard I nearly soil myself

November 1st, 2012
2:51 pm

Is when people type “First!!” whey they are not the first to post.

Just thinking of it made me soil myself.

warfalcon

November 1st, 2012
2:53 pm

T.G one game at a time,to the Super Bowl and then ride out into the SUNSET.LETS GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FOR T.G……..

Texas Pete

November 1st, 2012
3:08 pm

What makes me laugh so hard I nearly soil myself

November 1st, 2012
3:24 pm

Stop it….You’re killing me!

Herpes Butter

November 1st, 2012
3:33 pm

Gonzalez creates receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones for getting him one-on-one matchups.

What?

How easy is it to write blogs for the AJC? Does a short bus drop you off every day?

Herpes Butter

November 1st, 2012
3:37 pm

“I’ve always felt if I have a one-n-one matchup I should be able to win the majority of times,” Gonzalez said. “I’m not going to win them all. But for the most part I am going to win them.”

One n one? Did he say that, or did you level of education type that out? It should be one on one. And “matchup” is two words.

Fail.

Herpes Butter

November 1st, 2012
3:42 pm

Enter your comments here

d

November 1st, 2012
4:04 pm

“One n one? Did he say that, or did you level of education type that out?”

This sentence is grammatically incorrect but who cares? Keep your sissy editorial comments of this real man’s football blog.

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Ford

November 1st, 2012
5:34 pm

d,can’t a” real man’s football blog” be correct? We want our plays run correctly,why should we accept less than correct in any venue?

Falcons Chic

November 1st, 2012
6:23 pm

And don’t forget, we are awaiting Tony G’s 100th career touchdown…

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Pablo

November 1st, 2012
8:44 pm

Falcons Chic, you beat me to my post! Well, how about 4 receptions Sunday night with at least one of them being Tony’s 100th career touchdown!

Herpes Butter

November 1st, 2012
10:28 pm

d
November 1st, 2012
4:04 pm

“One n one? Did he say that, or did you level of education type that out?”

This sentence is grammatically incorrect but who cares? Keep your sissy editorial comments of this real man’s football blog.

So the correct discourse would be?

Eat my ass you homophobe

Samuel

November 2nd, 2012
6:40 am

I KNOW ONE THING IS GOING TO BE HARD TO REPLACE TONY GONZALES, IT’LL BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THE FALCONS APPROACH FILLING THE VOID. WHO CAN YOU GET OR WHO’S ON THE TEAM THAT CAN COME IN AND BE THAT PRODUCTIVE?

CAPS LOCK MONDO

November 2nd, 2012
8:48 am

PLEASE DO US A FAVOR AND HIT THE CAPS LOCK

KC Falcon

November 2nd, 2012
10:44 am

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