Atlanta Falcons: Tony Gonzalez: ‘Proving people wrong’ makes 13th Pro Bowl sweetest




FLOWERY BRANCH—Going to the Pro Bowl isn’t getting old for Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez in part because it proves he’s not too old.

Gonzalez, 36, was voted to his 13th Pro Bowl team on Wednesday. He said this year’s honor might mean more than the others.

“Because the older you get the more people start to doubt you,” he said. “Just because of human nature. ‘You are getting old, there is no way you can move around like you used to.’ I’ve been hearing that. ‘Oh, he’s lost a step, he’s not as fast as he used to be.’

“It’s nice to go out there and play well and tell them, ‘What do you got to say now?’ That’s part of the fun is proving people wrong.”

Gonzalez reiterated his season-long stance that he’s most likely retiring after the season. When a reporter told him he’d said he’s “90 percent” sure, Gonzalez reminded him that he actually said he’s 95 percent sure.

“I see what you are trying to do,” Gonzalez joked. “Jedi mind trick.”

As Gonzalez’s career winds down, Julio Jones is just getting started.

Atlanta’s second-year wide receiver earned his first Pro Bowl selection. He said he’s helped by playing in a high-powered offense that also features Gonzalez, fellow Pro Bowl selection Matt Ryan and wide receiver Roddy White.

“It’s a great honor but I didn’t get there by myself,” Jones said. “Matt is doing a great job looking for me giving me an opportunity to go down field and catch the ball. Roddy and Harry (Douglas) and also Gonzalez are demanding that double team so I can have that one-on-one opportunity to go out there and showcase my skills.”

Gonzalez was named a starter for the NFC squad while Ryan and Jones are reserves. The teams were selected through voting by players, coaches and fans. The game is Jan. 27 in Hawaii, the week prior to the Super Bowl in New Orleans.

The Falcons (13-2) are the NFC’s top team but only placed three players on the NFL’s all-star squad. By contrast the 49ers (10-4-1), who have the third-best record in the NFC, had nine players named to the team and the Chiefs (2-13) have five representatives on the AFC squad.

If the Falcons feel slighted by not getting more players voted to the Pro Bowl squad they didn’t show it.

“I know there are teams with far worse records than we had and they had more guys in the Pro Bowl, but that’s how it goes,” Gonzalez said. “Who cares? Our goal is to play in a different bowl, not the bowl in Hawaii.”

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75 comments Add your comment

Steve

December 27th, 2012
5:32 pm

Answer This

December 27th, 2012
5:38 pm

Well you deserve this Pro Bowl TG but to bad you wont be playing in it! Rise Up!

NumberOneDirtyBird

December 27th, 2012
5:55 pm

…great reward but I don’t care of the guys get some Pineapple in their diet this year! I want every last one to have some gumbo and part down on bourbon street as we will the Championship in our hated rivals house!

NumberOneDirtyBird

December 27th, 2012
5:56 pm

…party and WIN! ;p

Starship 1

December 27th, 2012
7:26 pm

My Christmas present for Tim Tebow? I’d give him a fresh pair of pink gloves and some baby powder-in hopes of “pimp slappin” T-Rex

Runner-

December 27th, 2012
7:44 pm

I hope Tony rethinks his position if we don’t win the Super Bowl this year. If we lose in the first round, or win the Super Bowl, I would say he’s going to retire. If we win a game or even make it to the Super Bowl, I say he gives it one more year and comes back for next year at one last chance to get that ring.

DJANGO

December 27th, 2012
9:03 pm

The “D” is silent, just like the Falcons in the playoffs.

Tim Tebow

December 27th, 2012
9:04 pm

At least I have a playoff win.

Whiznot

December 27th, 2012
9:25 pm

Roddy and Julio both deserve to be in the pro bowl.

GTBOB

December 27th, 2012
9:34 pm

Another druggie!

Bills fan

December 27th, 2012
9:56 pm

I’m going to brcome a vegan like TG.

Mike Franklin

December 27th, 2012
11:04 pm

Tony G is a class act all the way around. Unfortunately, the league is not… and the potential loss of the Pro Bowl and perhaps even kickoffs as part of the game, just proves this.

DR. FALCON

December 27th, 2012
11:38 pm

“GONZO” IS A FREAK OF NATURE! WE ARE BLESSED TO HAVE HIM IN A FALCONS UNIFORM! ALL THE TE’S IN THE PAST: JIM MITCHELL, JUNIOR MILLER, O.J. SANTIAGO, COMBINED DO NOT COME CLOSE TO GONZALEZ’S SKILL SET!

icndark

December 28th, 2012
12:49 am

In TG you have a player who truly gets “it”. He’s a Team First player in a ME FIRST league. He has already received more accolades than any other future HOF tight end and he will go there as a Falcon and a champion!

Go Falcons!

Ben

December 28th, 2012
6:43 am

If I were Tony, I’d win the Superbowl and then go riding off in to the sunset. In fact, he should have someone waiting outside the Superdome with a horse so when the game is over he just rides off (to a few blocks away where he gets in a limo and goes to meet the team to celebrate).

fanATicaL

December 28th, 2012
7:31 am

Is’nt the Probowl becoming irrelevant ? Last year at this time people were questioning whther they should continue having this event,and location.If you are a good team in the playoffs is it an reward to add another opportunity to get hurt ? Which is why it was smart to nominate those KC players who’s season ends sunday.And could use a free trip to Hawaii.If you don’t have Super asperations.Maybe it’s best to sit htis event out

Sly Boarders

December 28th, 2012
8:55 am

Didn’t he already say he was going in the Hall as a Chief?

Drinking the water from a toilet.

December 28th, 2012
9:01 am

How are you so sure Gonzalez will be inducted in the HOF?

Gritz Blitz

December 28th, 2012
9:09 am

Tony Gonzalez is one of the greatest Falcon players of all time. His importance to this offense since he has been here is immeasurable, and I have no idea what we are going to do without him. I hope we win the Super Bowl this year, and Tony catches the game winning touchdown. No script could be written any better. Thank you Tony. Go Falcons!

D

December 28th, 2012
9:26 am

How are you so sure Gonzalez will be inducted in the HOF?

Because there is a HOF.

Drinking the water from a toilet.

December 28th, 2012
9:43 am

Just because he’s had a few good years here does not make him an automatic selection.

GregKennesaw

December 28th, 2012
9:45 am

@Drinking – TG is automatic in HOF , you’re an idiot

shannyeight

December 28th, 2012
9:48 am

@ Ben- really? seriously?

@ faATicaL- the Pro Bowl is a week before the Super Bowl…so the only teams that should be concerned about their players are the 2 teams actually going to the Super Bowl.

@ Drinking- there is NO DOUBT that Gonzales is going to the HOF…now the question is will he go as a Chief, or a Falcon?

Rick in Warner Robins

December 28th, 2012
10:00 am

Congratulations Tony…it’s well deserved. Unfortunately, the Pro Bowl is a joke. A bunch of egostistical players who are afraid to hit each other and who give about 25%. This game should be eliminated as it’s not worth watching a bunch of guys who make millions of dollars give a half-a$$ effort to play the game.

Ben

December 28th, 2012
10:05 am

@Shannyeight: Why not? It would be the greatest sports figure retirement in history, leaving after winning a Superbowl, literally riding off on a horse. It would be legendary.

Seattle Defense

December 28th, 2012
10:17 am

We got defensive backs built like linebackers. Go ask Vernon Davis how our hits feel.

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

December 28th, 2012
10:20 am

Ben

December 28th, 2012
6:43 am
@Ben…what a wonderful thought. Tony G. Riding off into the sunset. I want this Super Bowl win more for him than anyone. Tony G. DESERVES a ring.

Go Falcons. ALL THE WAY!!!

I usually just read but...

December 28th, 2012
10:23 am

Personally, I never even watch the ProBowl. IMHO it’s glorified flag football in which the skilled position players showcase their skills. I stopped watching it when it appeared to be scripted. What makes me think that? Well, I could be wrong(again), but I think it’s like this “As of today its 21-20 NFC”(google). If I was stupid enough to bet on this “game” I would have to take the AFC this year. But that’s just me.
Guess who my $ will be on to win the Super Bowl. Good guess
Last thing, TG WILL be back next year. Proly used as a situtation player and mentor if cap room will allow it. Maybe I’m just wishing,but I hope it happens!
GO FALCONS!!!

[...] That’s what Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez has apparently done, saying he took pride in making his 13th Pro Bowl because it gave him an opportunity for “proving people wrong.” [...]

Drinking the water from a toilet.

December 28th, 2012
10:27 am

What do you mean go as a Chief or a Falcon?

RBI

December 28th, 2012
10:33 am

I’m 51 years old, and Tony Gonzalez has become my favorite professional athlete. Class act, great player, and great person.

Seattle Defense

December 28th, 2012
10:38 am

Roddy, Julio & Tony won’t even get off of the line of scrimmage. They don’t call us the bull defense for nothing. Matty Ice will take a pounding like a beaten dog.

BK

December 28th, 2012
10:40 am

tony has never won a playoff game in his football career, that is one reason why this year would be so great for him.. for the falcons to win there 2 playoff games then the superbowl would be bad to the bones, long time waiting but it would be worth it all…..go dirty birds!!!!!!!!! take it all in tony these last 4 games because its about to be the best ride ever. super bowl bound!!!!!!!!!!!!!! atl atl rise up!!!!!! lets win this one for tony and the fans just like the steelers did for jerome b. a few years back!

warfalcon

December 28th, 2012
10:55 am

DJANGO

The F is not silent,just like your girl.ONE GAME AT A TIME,LETS GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I usually just read but...

December 28th, 2012
10:56 am

@ Seattle Defense
Maybe those “defensive backs built like linebackers” will get the chance to stop JJ coming at ‘em with a full head of steam. I never get tired of seeing that “deer in the headlights” look db’s get when it’s up to them to stop him. Hilarious

warfalcon

December 28th, 2012
10:58 am

Drinking the water from a toilet.with P in it.Lets go T.G.,the Hall is waiting on you after we win that other bowl you are talking about.LETS GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Whadda Ya Know?

December 28th, 2012
11:00 am

I don’t want to hear Jack *hit about the Pro Bowl. This team needs to focus on beating ALL their opponents down to with the Superbowl this year. You’re in the perfect position to get there, now don’t screw it up with the predictable, conservative play calling–attack, attack, attack offensively and defensively. Take no prisoners. Falcons Rise Up!!!

Tennessee TarHeel

December 28th, 2012
11:15 am

Tony G. is awesome. Along with Roddy White, Julio Jones, and Matt Ryan, he makes this a dynamic passing attack. Sprinkle in a little more Harry Douglas, and Jacquizz Rodgers for the postseason and this team will outscore anybody… they just have to stay aggressive. They also need Michael Turner in the right amounts… but more Quizz than Turner. Go Falcons!!! Rise Up and Win it all!!!!

I usually just read but...

December 28th, 2012
11:21 am

@Seattle Defense
bull defense? Their best chance is to try and jam Roddy, Julio & Tony at the line because they can’t run with Roddy or Julio, they may stay with Tony but they can’t jump with him. So,jam away,that’s been tried too, usually get’s a call when they still jaming and HOLDING 5yds past the line.
If Matts on,
You won’t last long.

Whadda Ya Know?

December 28th, 2012
11:22 am

Seattle Defense…you mean the same way they didn’t get off the line last year against the same defense? Go drown yourself in your own Kool-aid fool, because we’re not drinking it around here.

I usually just read but...

December 28th, 2012
11:27 am

@Whadda Ya Know?
That’s right.!
Besides.I think “Seattle Defense” is a disgruntled taint’s troll. It’s to early for those pot smokers in Seattle to have their $h!t together enough to type.

Whadda Ya Know?

December 28th, 2012
11:38 am

@I usually just read but… – we’ll deal with Seattle when we get to that bridge. Until then, the Falcons simply needs to focus on beating down the next opponent. Seattle will have to get by the Redskins (should they win) first. Then we will welcome Russell Wilson the right way into the Dome.

realitycheck

December 28th, 2012
11:42 am

Unless he gets injured in the playoffs, he will definitely be playing in the pro bowl because the Falcons aren’t going to any SB. However, he actually may win his first playoff game, but it will be one and done at best. Book it!

Samuel

December 28th, 2012
11:51 am

For all you haters, If you are so sure that the Falcons are going to lose, please give me the winning numbers to the mega million tonight….

Seattle Defense

December 28th, 2012
12:18 pm

50 points a game while giving up 10. Not an economist but that’s awesome.

Haven’t you guys been saying the same thing since 2008, then reality sank in and you ran away with your tails between your legs.

Go ask San Fran how that 6ft3 233lb safety feels going across the middle.

Seattle Defense

December 28th, 2012
12:20 pm

@Samuel….30-24 48-21 24-2.

Fetus Breath

December 28th, 2012
12:20 pm

You pinheads. Seattle defense was baiting you and you all took it. She had posted several times with no response, then your idiot hero personna took over and now you will spend the rest of the day in an internet battle…..Good job.

Defenseless in Seattle

December 28th, 2012
12:22 pm

But but but…….It’s for the city of Atlanta……And the children…….And rusty wheel chairs

Carolina

December 28th, 2012
12:27 pm

You can’t even beat us without a fluke fumble.

DJANGO

December 28th, 2012
12:30 pm

The “D” is silent just like Matty Ice in the playoffs.