Atlanta Falcons: Tony Gonzalez plans to enjoy the moment; still 95 percent on retirement

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) warms up before the start of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) warms up before the start of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)


FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, who is on pace for 100 catches this season, has been consistent with the issue of his retirement.

“I am still at that 95 percent,” Gonzalez said. “But I am having great time. This is one of the funnest seasons I’ve ever had in my life and obviously being 10-1 will help that. This is a great group of guys. I love playing in this offense. There are a lot of reasons to stick around. Maybe I’m just stupid.”

Despite that Gonzalez will turn 37 in February, it appears that he could still play at a high level. Family concerns and being able to maintain his high standards are vital to the 16-year veteran.

He doesn’t want to be one of those players who stays, too long.

Last season, Gonzalez and the Falcons ended the drama early. He was signed to a one-year, $7 million contact hours before the regular-season finale against Tampa Bay on Jan. 1.

With 69 catches for 712 yards and six touchdowns, Gonzalez is still a major weapon. Gonzalez caught a career-high 102 passes in 2004 for the Kansas City Chiefs.

“It’s not going to be like last year where I make the decision before the end of the season,” Gonzalez said. “I’m going to sit down and think long and hard. I’ve already thought long and hard about it and I’m pretty sure what I’m going to do. I’m going to enjoy the moment.”

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19 comments Add your comment

billyho55

November 28th, 2012
5:53 pm

WELL GUYS…THE FREAKIN JAGS CLAIMED BABIN OFF WAIVERS! GOES TO AN EVEN WORSE TEAM THAN IGGLES! JUST COMICAL!

David

November 28th, 2012
5:54 pm

Frist, and Please Please stay !

lowdownjj

November 28th, 2012
5:54 pm

I imagine a Super Bowl victory would make it 100% for Gonzo. That’s the only fair trade-off I see. Other than that…1 MORE YEAR GONZO!

David

November 28th, 2012
5:55 pm

Oh well, second !

billyho55

November 28th, 2012
5:55 pm

THANKS AGAIN D FOR THE CONSTANT COVERAGE OF EVERYTHING FALCONS!

4BsihTneeS

November 28th, 2012
6:08 pm

I.
Love.
Dick.

Matt

November 28th, 2012
7:12 pm

Good article. Nice job DOB.

Typo in line 3 inside Gonzo’s quote, and line 8.

EastPoint

November 28th, 2012
7:36 pm

Great career for hall of famer Tony G, but unfortunately he will retire never winning a championship ring and it’s amazing in 16 yrs he has never won a playoff game and he can only enjoy the moment because he knows the end is coming soon after this season and it’s time to move on from the falcons.

UGA ECONOMICS MAJOR

November 28th, 2012
7:39 pm

TONY GONZALEZ…CLASS OF THE NFL AND THE CLASS OF THE FALCONS AND A GREAT PLAYER AND VERY DANGEROUS WEAPON…1 MORE YEAR GONZALEZ

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

November 28th, 2012
7:57 pm

@seen most aints fans do

hiramsaint

November 28th, 2012
8:08 pm

they call me the nobgobbler. you get the idea.

4BsihTneeS

November 28th, 2012
8:08 pm

i slept with Tony G once in 87. he was. not. gentle.

John

November 28th, 2012
8:39 pm

Good Luck Tony and Thank You for being such a Great example of both a gentleman and a football of Frist Class. Please stick around the organization to help the Falcons continue to be Top Notch

I'm LB and I am an idiot

November 28th, 2012
10:37 pm

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DR. FALCON

November 29th, 2012
12:01 am

TONY G., IF THIS IS INDEED YOUR LAST SEASON IN THE NFL, I WANT TO SAY THANKS!!! JULIO JONES, I LOVE YOU, BUT, ‘BAMA IS GOING DOWN HARD SATURDAY NITE!! GO DAWGS!!!!!!

OB/DB

November 29th, 2012
12:01 am

Give him a BIG RAISE to stayt!!!! Then you can groom a draft pick.

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shesoleo

November 29th, 2012
7:34 am

Thanks TG for being the player that you are, so if you decide to leave or stay? I’ll love you any way.

eLLIott

November 29th, 2012
2:08 pm

We will be dancing in the aisles of the GA Dome tonight doing “The Dirty Biiiird Rock!”

http://www.dirtybirdrock.blogspot.com