Atlanta Falcons Tight End Tony Gonzalez Set to Play Final NFL Game

Dec 27, 2013

Sunday's game day program is devoted to Tony Gonzalez
Credit Craig Sager Jr.

This Sunday at the Georgia Dome fans will witness the end of a remarkable career.

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez will play in his final NFL game as the team takes on the Carolina Panthers.

And as WABE’s Rose Scott reports he is widely considered the best ever at the position.

Sunday’s game day program will be devoted to Tony Gonzalez.

He’s a shoe in for the pro football hall of fame; Gonzalez’s brief time with the Falcons has mirrored his entire career as a leader on and off the field.

Sports reporter Craig Sager Jr covers the Falcons for Score Atlanta Sports Media.

“He’s one of the most focused guys I’ve ever talked to. The way he answers questions, always thinking ahead he never gets caught up in the moment.”

And Gonzalez has had plenty of moments in his 17-year playing career.

After more than a decade with the Kansas City Chiefs, he was traded to the Falcons in 2009.

He will leave the game with the most catches, 15-thousand plus yards and over 100 touchdowns for a tight end.

Gonzalez is hailed for his ability to get open across the field, to make great catches and break free from tackles.

For years, after scoring a touchdown, Gonzalez would celebrate by slam dunking the football through the goal post in the end zone.

That signature move also pays homage to his stellar career as a basketball player.

Gonzalez was a two sport college athlete at California.

And while it’s been a disappointing season for the Falcons, Gonzalez has no regrets for coming back after speculation he would retire last year.

Speaking to reporters after Friday’s practice, the 37-year old Gonzalez talked about his career

“I’m looking forward to it honestly to tell you the truth I can’t wait to go out there and play a game, kind of get it over with. I got forty people coming in town. I got my high school football/basketball coaches coming in. I got all my family coming. I’m just so happy that I was able to have this opportunity just to be in the NFL for all these years.”

Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons will have a special ceremony to honor Gonzalez.