(ATLANTA) — Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez said that Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers was probably his last game in the NFL.
The 36-year-old Gonzalez had made similar statements throughout the season, saying he would retire after the Falcons’ postseason run.
“It’s probably the last time I’m going to wear that uniform,” Gonzalez said after the Falcons’ 28-24 loss. “I didn’t want to take it off, to tell you the truth. All good things come to an end, and like I said all season long, this is probably my last one. What an unbelievable ride.”
If Sunday was his final game, Gonzalez made it a good one, with eight catches for 72 yards and a touchdown.
He hadn’t won a playoff game until the Falcons beat the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional round, and was hoping to play in his first Super Bowl.
Gonzalez was drafted in 1997 by the Kansas City Chiefs. He is second on the NFL career receptions list with 1,242. His 14,268 receiving yards rank seventh all-time.
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Jill Martin, CNN