Falcons’ Tony Gonzalez Likely to Retire Following the 2012 Season


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Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With the recent spike in production among NFL tight ends, its easy to forget that Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is still among the league’s best. Despite being a productive player in the NFL, he may be ready to walk away from the game after this upcoming season.

“More than likely,” Gonzalez told ABC Sports Radio. “I would never say never, but its in the ninety fifth percentile and above that this will probably be the last season.”

“This is probalby going to be my last year I want to make sure its a memorable one and just have fun with the guys,” Gonzalez added. We have a great group of guys on this team.”

Gonzalez will enter his 16th NFL season, and fourth with the Falcons. He spent the previous 12 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.

One of the most decorated tight ends in NFL history, Gonzalez’ 1149 career receptions are second in NFL history and his 95 touchdown receptions ranks ninth all-time in NFL history.

Last season he caught 80 passes for 875 yards and seven touchdowns.

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