Tony Gonzalez plays in last game before retiring after 17-year career

Tony Gonzalez is having a harder time saying goodbye to the NFL than he imagined.

As he prepares to host 40 family members and friends in Atlanta's season finale, Gonzalez sounds as if he isn't entirely ready to walk away.

When the Falcons announced in March that he would return this year, the 13-time Pro Bowl tight end was ''100 percent certain'' he would retire after the season.
— Associated Press

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) holds his son river Gonzales, 3, during a celebration of Gonzalez career before the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) holds his son river Gonzales, 3, during a celebration of Gonzalez career before the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Atlanta
Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) holds his son river Gonzales, 3, during a celebration of Gonzalez career before the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez kisses his daughter during a celebration of his career before the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez kisses his daughter during a celebration of his career before the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Atlanta
Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez kisses his daughter during a celebration of his career before the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez signs autographs for fans before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)
Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez signs autographs for fans before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Atlanta
Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez signs autographs for fans before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)
Sidney Sears, of Gainesville, Fla., holds out the front of her shirt in support of Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez before an NFL football game between the Falcons and Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)
Sidney Sears, of Gainesville, Fla., holds out the front of her shirt in support of Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez before an NFL football game between the Falcons and Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Atlanta
Sidney Sears, of Gainesville, Fla., holds out the front of her shirt in support of Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez before an NFL football game between the Falcons and Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)
Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) embraces Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) before the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) embraces Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) before the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Atlanta
Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) embraces Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) before the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Football fans Mario Watkins, center left, from Gainesville, Fla., and Jace Cameron, center right,, Woodstock, display No. 88 jerseys in front of them hoping for an autograph from Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez before an NFL football game between the Falcons and Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)
Football fans Mario Watkins, center left, from Gainesville, Fla., and Jace Cameron, center right,, Woodstock, display No. 88 jerseys in front of them hoping for an autograph from Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez before an NFL football game between the Falcons and Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Atlanta
Football fans Mario Watkins, center left, from Gainesville, Fla., and Jace Cameron, center right,, Woodstock, display No. 88 jerseys in front of them hoping for an autograph from Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez before an NFL football game between the Falcons and Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)
Sidney Sears, of Gainesville, Fla., holds out the back of her shirt in support of Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez before an NFL football game between the Falcons and Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)
Sidney Sears, of Gainesville, Fla., holds out the back of her shirt in support of Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez before an NFL football game between the Falcons and Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Atlanta
Sidney Sears, of Gainesville, Fla., holds out the back of her shirt in support of Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez before an NFL football game between the Falcons and Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)
Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, right, speaks with former NFL football player Joe Theismann speaks with works out before the first half of an NFL football game Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. Gonzales possibly plans to retire after this season. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, right, speaks with former NFL football player Joe Theismann speaks with works out before the first half of an NFL football game Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. Gonzales possibly plans to retire after this season
Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, right, speaks with former NFL football player Joe Theismann speaks with works out before the first half of an NFL football game Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. Gonzales possibly plans to retire after this season. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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