Tony Gonzalez

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Tony Gonzales
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Gonzales 2005
Position (s):
Tight End
Jersey number (s):
born February 27, 1976 in Torrance , California
Career information
Active : 1997 - 2013
NFL Draft : 1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
College : California
Career statistics
Captured passports     1,325
Captive yards     15,127
Touchdowns     111
Stats at
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Career highlights and awards
Pro Football Hall of Fame

Anthony David "Tony" Gonzalez (* 27. February 1976 in Torrance , California ) is a former American American football poker players on the position of tight ends . He played twelve years for the Kansas City Chiefs and five years for the Atlanta Falcons in the National Football League (NFL). He holds various records for tight ends, was voted 14 times in the Pro Bowl and is considered one of the best tight ends of all time. In his seventeen-year career, he only missed two games due to injury and with six fumbles from 1,145 passports he is considered one of the safest pass catchers in NFL history.

Tony Gonzalez is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame .


"Gonzo", as Gonzalez's nickname is, was neither athletic nor particularly self-confident as a child. But after telling a school bull that bullied him , he discovered his love for basketball , and his older brother Chris got him excited about American football . At the local Huntington Beach High School he scored 17 points per game in basketball, but more noticeable were his 68 tackles and 800 yards of space, which he managed as linebacker and tight end of the football team. At the University of California , he soon became the starting tight end of the football team, the Golden Bears . Gonzalez impressed with his speed, catching security and qualities as a blocker, through which he moved into the focus of interested NFL teams. As a member of the basketball team, he played with the future NBA All-Star Shareef Abdur-Rahim .

Gonzalez was selected in the 1997 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs as the 13th player, where he came to a team that was coached by Marty Schottenheimer and was characterized by a tough defense to the linebackers Derrick Thomas and Dale Carter . In his rookie year he played as a reservist in all 16 games of the season and immediately managed to gain 368 yards of space and two touchdowns . The Chiefs won 13 games this season, but were eliminated against the Denver Broncos in the 1st round of the play-offs . In his second year (1999) Gonzalez played in the regular team and increased to 621 yards (also two touchdowns) until he finally broke through in 2000 with 849 yards of space and eleven touchdowns and was selected as a starter in the Pro Bowl for the first time . In the following year he even gained 1,203 yards of space and caught 93 throws ("Receptions"). Gonzalez established himself as one of the best tight ends in the NFL and was always elected to the Pro Bowl, but the Chiefs also always missed the play-offs. The reasons for this were the moderate offense and the tragic accidental death of Thomas (2000).

In 2003 Gonzalez caught passes for 916 yards and ten touchdowns and led the Chiefs into the play-offs, where they were eliminated again in the first round against the Indianapolis Colts . In 2004 he had his best year in statistics, scoring 1,258 yards and catching 102 throws. With this he broke the record for tight ends. In 2005 and 2006 he was good for 900 and 903 yards, respectively, and was re-elected to the Pro Bowl, but the Chiefs barely won half of their games during that time. 2007 and 2008 were outstanding for Gonzalez, as he managed to gain 1,172 and 1,058 yards at 99 and 96 receptions - the Chiefs only won four and two season games.

Gonzalez joined the Atlanta Falcons in 2008 . Mike Smith's team was less likely to be alluded to. Due to a stubborn foot injury, he no longer played so conspicuously statistically (2009 and 2010: 867 and 656 yards gained in space), but reached the play-offs again in 2010, where the Falcons failed in the first round at the Green Bay Packers . After the 2013 NFL season, he ended his career.


At the time of his resignation, Gonzalez held several records for tight ends in the NFL:

  • First tight end with more than 100 touchdowns (111)
  • First tight end to gain more than 15,000 yards of space (15,127)
  • First tight end with more than 1,000 receptions in his career (1,325)
  • First tight end with four seasons with more than 1,000 yards of space gained
  • First tight end with 100 litters caught in one season (102, 2004 season)
  • First tight end with 14 Pro Bowl games

Style of play

Gonzalez was considered a tight end who is both an effective blocker and a catch-safe receiver. His good footwork and his sure hands were praised, with which he was able to catch passports even in tight man coverage. In terms of space gains, receptions, touchdowns and Pro Bowl nominations, Gonzalez is the statistically best tight end in NFL history. Together with Kellen Winslow , he is considered one of the best tight ends of all time.

Private life

Gonzalez lives with his partner October and they have two children together. He has another child from a previous relationship.

Gonzalez and older brother Chris were raised by his single mother, Judy. The multi-ethnic Gonzalez has roots from Cape Verde , the name of his Cape Verdean ancestor was "Goncals".

Web links

Commons : Tony Gonzalez  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2019 , Accessed February 8, 2019
  2. Tony Gonzalez - Biography ,
  3. Gonzalez makes Cuban good eats ,