Tony Gonzalez recently became the first player in NFL history with 60 or more receptions in 12 consecutive seasons. His Falcons are 12-2 and appear to be on track to becoming the top seed in the NFC playoffs. Yet the All-Pro tight end is thinking about retiring at the end of 2010.
Gonzalez told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he has begun thinking about retiring, perhaps as soon as the end of this season. The 34-year-old would love to go out as a Super Bowl champion.
"I would be lying if I didn't tell you that I didn't think about it," Gonzalez said. "I'd be a fool if I didn't think about it, just trying to be prepared a little bit. But you think about it and then you detach from it."
The threat of a lockout also concerns Gonzalez, according to the article. He has one year remaining on his contract with the Falcons, and the tight end said that health is not a reason for him to retire.
"Right now, I feel great, though," Gonzalez said. "I can tell you if it came down to coming back next year, I could do it easily from a physical standpoint."
The way we see it
Whenever Gonzalez were to retire, he would likely go down as one of the greatest receiving tight ends in league history. With the way the Falcons are playing now, his idea of retiring following a Super Bowl title may not be that far-fetched.