Falcons hopeful Tony Gonzalez changes his mind

Brad Biggs
January 22, 2013

Say it ain’t so, Tony.

The Atlanta Falcons are hopeful that future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez will have a change of heart and will return for a 17th NFL season in 2013.

Gonazlez said after the Falcons lost on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game that he was likely done playing. The 13-time Pro Bowl selection left open a small window – 5 percent – that he comes back but said he doesn’t want to chase a Super Bowl.

Gonzalez ranks as the all-time leader for receiving statistics at his position. He has said he believes he can perform at a high level for another two or three seasons if he desires.

I’m hoping for the 5 percent,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Tony handled this very well all season long. I don’t think he’s deviated from that.

“Tony and I will have a conversation over the next couple of weeks. This is a tough day, and the next couple of days are tough with the finality. I don’t think we really need to be discussing anything like that (yet).”

Stay tuned.

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