Gonzalez watch

History Published on : 9/26/2008

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is keeping a close eye on Sunday’s Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs game at Arrowhead Stadium. That’s because the Chiefs’ veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez needs just 50 yards to become the NFL’s all-time leader for most receiving yards by a tight end.

Gonzalez has indicated to the Hall of Fame that he will present the football he catches when he sets the new mark to the sports museum. The current record holder is former Broncos and Ravens tight end Shannon Sharpe who had 10,060 yards receiving.

The football Gonzalez will donate to the Hall will not be the first artifact from his storied nine-season career. He is featured prominently in the Hall’s recently opened Pro Football Today Gallery (see photo). A display on Gonzalez includes the jersey, shoes and gloves he wore last year when he caught his record-setting 63rd touchdown pass, the most ever by a tight end. The exhibit also has the jersey he wore on Jan. 2, 2005 when he set the single-season record for catches by a tight end (102).

Related Links:
Gonzalez’s record preserved by HOF
Gonzalez’s record-breaking 2004 season
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