Falcons' Tony Gonzalez says 2013 will be final season

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Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez said Wednesday that the 2013 season will definitely be his last as an active player in the NFL.

"Without a doubt, yes. Without question," Gonzalez said in an interview on The NFL Network. "I told everybody I was going to retire last year, and I really meant that when I was saying that last year."

But Gonzalez had a change of heart and decided to play one more season. Hence, he'll be back in the Falcons' training camp next week.

Interestingly, it was his 12-year-old son who swayed the veteran player to come back for one more season.

"When I went home, I was able to talk to my family and my close circle -- specifically, my son Nico -- he was the reason I was going to retire, anyway," Tony Gonzalez said. "He lives out in LA with his mom, he doesn't live with me during the season, so I wanted to spend more time with him.

"[Nico] said, 'You know what, Dad, you guys have a great team. I think you should go out and try it one more time.' And after he said that, with everything that fell into place, with the type of team we're going to have ... it was kind of a no-brainer."

The Falcons have such a great team coming into the 2013 campaign, that Gonzalez probably doesn't want to miss out on the potential fun his teammates will have.

"With (Matt Ryan) pulling the trigger, with Roddy (White), Julio (Jones), myself, we're going to try and soften up that defense a lot where they got to stand back and play off us a little bit," Gonzalez said. "That is going to make big holes for a guy like Steven Jackson and we should hopefully go out there and be the perfect offense."

Gee, if he has as much fun as he anticipates, maybe Gonzalez may be back for 2014, too.
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