Tifton Gazette

Local Sports

December 27, 2012

Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez still considering retirement

FLOWERY BRANCH — Tony Gonzalez is still 95 percent sure he will retire at the end of the season.

Just don't try to pigeonhole the 13-time Pro Bowl tight end into giving more information about his future — no matter how many light years away.

"I see what you're trying to do," Gonzalez said with a smile Thursday. "Jedi mind trick."

Gonzalez and the Atlanta Falcons are trying to stay on task this week.

As the NFC's No. 1 seed, the Falcons want to end the regular season with a victory Sunday over Tampa Bay and then use next week's bye to get ready for a divisional round home game the weekend of Jan. 12-13.

Gonzalez said he isn't letting outside distractions take away from his or the team's preparation.

"This is why we do what we do, to be in this kind of position," he said. "It's important we go out and play well, finish the season strong and take it on to the playoffs. That's where we've got to be at our best, and I feel like our team is getting to that point."

At 36, Gonzalez continues to make enough big plays that he was voted to his third straight Pro Bowl in four seasons with the Falcons. He's been the league's No. 2 receiver since last season and is the most decorated tight end in NFL history, ranking first at his position and sixth all-time with 103 touchdown catches. His 14,227 yards receiving rank seventh all-time.

Gonzalez's physique, work ethic and preparation have factored into helping him thrive for 16 seasons, the first 12 of which he spent with Kansas City.

Though this week's Pro Bowl announcement hardly caught him by surprise, Gonzalez indicated that this bid felt special.

"The older you get, the more people start to doubt you," he said. "Just because it's human nature. You are getting old, (and) there is no way you can move around like you used to. I've been hearing, 'Oh, he's lost a step. He's not as fast as he used to be.' It's nice to go out there and play well and tell them, 'What do you got to say now?' That's part of the fun — proving people wrong."

To Falcons coach Mike Smith, Gonzalez still appears strong and healthy enough to play another two or three seasons and add to his Pro Bowl total.

"He's beating Father Time," Smith said. "He's shutting him out. He's playing at a very high level right now."

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • Panthers will play six on the road in 2014

    For Ryan Branch and the Tiftarea Academy Panthers football team, it is one step closer to a regular football schedule. They have 10 games this year, down from the 11 of the past two.

    April 22, 2014

  • Horne named to MaxPreps freshman squad

    Chalk up one more for the Tift County boys basketball team. Another list of honors was released this week and not surprisingly, a local player was honored.

    April 22, 2014

  • ABAC golf team finishes eighth in district championship

    The golf team at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College wound up the year with an 8th place finish in the National Junior College Athletic Association District 4 Championship in Albany at Stonebridge Country Club.

    April 22, 2014

  • Tiftarea headed for state track meet

    There will be lots at stake and lots at state for Tiftarea Academy Thursday. The state track meet is set to begin at Albany's Hugh Mills Stadium and the Panthers have qualified in 21 different events. Long distance, short distance, relays, jumping, there will be at least one individual in all of those and in a handful of events, there will be two Panthers.

    April 22, 2014

  • 20140421 Alex Abbott slides in.tif Blue Devils slide past ‘Cats on Senior Day

    Nine seniors started the day Monday for the Tift County Blue Devils against the Bainbridge Bearcats. Throughout the game, several different combinations were used. By the end of it, the combination of Alex Abbott and Will Reinhardt was the one that mattered most.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tift sinks region golf title

     The Tift County Lady Devils golf team took the Region 1-AAAAAA championship Monday at Spring Hill Country Club while the Blue Devils fell just short for second place.

    April 21, 2014

  • Tiftarea girls finish 2nd, host Bulloch Wednesday

    When the Lady Panther soccer team loaded their bus at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning, they were hoping to finally get to play their last region game, along with making another note in soccer history for the Tiftarea Academy program.
    By the time they were on the bus again, headed back to Chula, they checked both off their list.

    April 21, 2014

  • Blue Devils soccer team awaits their fate

    Though the region schedule is done for the boys Tift County Blue Devil soccer squad, they still have their fate hanging in the balance.

    April 21, 2014

  • Blue Devils, Cougars tie in Atlanta

    In the game of baseball, you win some, you lose some, some get rained out and on rare occasions some end in a tie.
    The latter possibility applied to Saturday’s clash pitting Crisp County High’s second-ranked Class AAAA Cougars and Tift County’s fifth-ranked Class AAAAAA Blue Devils at the home of the Atlanta Braves.

    April 21, 2014

  • Trojans get one hit, but win region title

    If high school baseball games lasted six innings, Zack Bullard would have had a no-hitter and the Tift County Blue Devils would have been on top of the region standings. It was the last inning that cost both player and team. Coffee only had one hit, but it was all they needed for a 2-1 victory that clinched the 1-AAAAAA title.

    April 17, 2014

Business Marquee
House Ads
Weather Radar
Video
Poll

Do you plan to watch any of the Republican National Convention?

Yes
No
     View Results