Tony Gonzalez

Tight End

Tony Gonzalez

17 Seasons
270 Games
2000s NFL All-Decade Team
14 Pro Bowls
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17

Seasons

270

Games

2000s

NFL All-Decade Team

14

Pro Bowls
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“That's what football has always taught me. On the football field, you're going to be afraid. Adversity is going to come towards you. You can't run from it.”

Read Tony Gonzalez's Bio

(California)...6'5'', 250...1st round pick (13th overall) in the 1997 NFL by Kansas City Chiefs ... Made immediate impact as rookie ... Never caught less than 59 passes in a season other than his rookie year ... Traded to Falcons ... At time of retirement ranked 2nd in career receptions (1,325), most seasons with 50 or more receptions (16) and most consecutive games with a reception (211) … Born February 27,1976 in Torrance, California

BIO

Tony Gonzalez Kansas City Chiefs & Atlanta Falcons

“That's what football has always taught me. On the football field, you're going to be afraid. Adversity is going to come towards you. You can't run from it.”

The Kansas City Chiefs selected Tony Gonzalez out of the University of California in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft. He retired 17 seasons later as the all-time leader in catches, yards and touchdowns by a tight end.

While Gonzalez made an immediate impact as a rookie, his breakout season came during his third year when he led the Chiefs in receiving with 76 catches for 849 yards and 11 touchdown receptions to earn his first of 14 Pro Bowl nods. That same season, he was named first-team All-Pro for the first of seven times. He followed that season with an even better year in 2000 when he caught 93 passes for 1,203 yards and nine touchdowns.

Other than his rookie year, Gonzalez never caught less than 59 passes in a season during his career and surpassed 80 catches eight times. He led the NFL in receptions in 2004 with a career-high 102 catches and reached 1,000 yards for the second time in his career.

Gonzalez was traded to the Atlanta Falcons in 2009. It was with the Falcons, in 2012, that Gonzalez reached his lone conference championship game. Unfortunately, even though Gonzalez caught eight passes for 78 yards and a touchdown, the Falcons fell to the San Francisco 49ers 28-24.

Gonzalez’s final career numbers are staggering. They read 1,325 receptions for 15,127 yards and 111 TDs. Gonzalez eclipsed 900-yards receiving in a season nine times and had 10 or more TDs in a season three times.

He played in 270 regular season games and missed just one game during his career. At the time of his retirement, Gonzalez ranked second in career receptions (1,325), most seasons with 50 or more receptions (16) and most consecutive games with a reception (211). He also ranked fifth all-time in receiving yards (15,127).

Gonzalez led the Chiefs in receiving eight times and the Falcons once. He is a member of the NFL All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

STATS

Tony Gonzalez's Stats

Career Statistics

     

Receiving

Year

Team

G

No.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

1997

Kansas City

16

33

368

11.2

2

1998

Kansas City

16

59

621

10.5

2

1999

Kansas City

15

76

849

11.2

11

2000

Kansas City

16

93

1203

12.9

9

2001

Kansas City

16

73

917

12.6

6

2002

Kansas City

16

63

773

12.3

7

2003

Kansas City

16

71

916

12.9

10

2004

Kansas City

16

102

1258

12.3

7

2005

Kansas City

16

78

905

11.6

2

2006

Kansas City

15

73

900

12.3

5

2007

Kansas City

16

99

1172

11.8

5

2008

Kansas City

16

96

1058

11.0

10

2009

Atlanta

16

83

867

10.4

6

2010

Atlanta

16

70

656

9.4

6

2011

Atlanta

16

80

875

10.9

7

2012

Atlanta

16

93

930

10.0

8

2013

Atlanta

16

83

859

10.3

8

Career Total

270

1325

15,127

11.4

111

 

Additional Career Statistics: Rushing: 2-14; Passing: 1-1-40; Two-Point Conversions: 4



CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Tony Gonzalez's Championship Games

Championship Games

2012 NFC – San Francisco 49ers 28, Atlanta Falcons 24

Gonzalez started at tight end. He had 8 receptions for 78 yards and one TD.



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Tony Gonzalez's Career Highlights

All-League Teams

All-Pro: 1999 (AP, PFWA, SN)  ·  2000 (AP, PFWA, SN)  ·  2001 (AP, PFWA, SN)  · 2002 (PFWA, SN)  ·  2003 (AP, PFWA, SN)  ·  2008 (AP, PFWA, SN)  ·  2012 (AP, ESPN)

All-Pro Second Team: 2002 (AP)  ·  2004 (AP) ·  2006 (AP)  ·  2007 (AP)

All-AFC: 1999 (PW)  ·  2000 (PW)  ·  2001 (PW)  ·  2002 (PW)  ·  2003 (PW) 

 

Pro Bowls

(14) – 2000, 2001, 2002*, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013*, 2014

*Did not play

           

In the NFL Record Book (at time of his retirement following 2013 season)

  • [2nd] Most Receptions, Career – 1,325
  • [2nd] Most Seasons, 50 or More Receptions – 16
  • [2nd] Most Consecutive Games with a Pass Reception – 211 (2000-2013)
  • [5th] Most Yards Receiving, Career – 15,127

 

Pro Bowl Records

  • [1st] Most Receptions, Career – 52
  • [1st] Most Yards Receiving, Career – 796
  • [Tied for 1st] Most Games – 12
  • [2nd] Most Touchdowns, Career – 6
  • [2nd] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Career – 6

 

Team Records

Chiefs records held by Gonzalez

            (Records through the 2008 season, Gonzalez’s final season with Kansas City)

  • [1st] Most Two-Point Conversions, Career – 3
  • [1st] Most Receptions, Career – 916
  • [1st] Most Seasons, 50 or More Receptions – 11
  • [1st] Most Receptions, Season – 102 (2004)
  • [1st] Most Pass Receptions, Consecutive Seasons – 195 (2007-08)
  • [1st] Most Pass Receptions, Game – 14 (at San Diego, Jan. 2, 2005)
  • [1st] Most Pass Receptions, Half – 11 (at San Diego, Jan. 2, 2005)
  • [1st] Most Consecutive Games with a Pass Reception – 131 (2000-08)
  • [1st] Most Receptions by a Tight End, Career – 916
  • [1st] Most Receptions by a Tight End, Season – 102 (2004)
  • [1st] Most Yards Receiving, Career – 10,940
  • [1st] Most Season, 1,000 or More Receiving Yards – 4 (2000, 2004, 2007-08)
  • [1st] Most Games, 100 or More Receiving Yards, Career – 26
  • [1st] Most Consecutive Games, 100 or More Receiving Yards – 4 (2000)
  • [1st] Most Yards Receiving by a Tight End, Career – 10,940
  • [1st] Most Yards Receiving by a Tight End, Season – 1,258 (2004)
  • [1st] Most Yards Receiving by a Tight End, Game – 147 (at New England, Dec. 4, 2000)
  • [1st] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Career – 76
  • [1st] Most 20 Yard Receptions, Career – 130
  • [1st] Most Yards from Scrimmage, Career – 10,954
  • [Tied for 1st] Most Seasons Leading NFL in Receptions – 1 (2004)
  • [Tied for 1st] Most Games, 100 or More Receiving Yards, Season – 6 (2000, 2004)
  • [2nd] Most Games Started, Career – 174
  • [2nd] Most Touchdowns, Career – 76
  • [2nd] Most Receptions, Season – 99 (2007)
  • [2nd] Most Pass Receptions, Consecutive Seasons – 180 (2004-05)
  • [2nd] Most Receptions by a Tight End, Season – 99 (2007)
  • [2nd] Most Yards Receiving by a Tight End, Season – 1,203 (2000)
  • [2nd] Most Yards Receiving by a Tight End, Game – 144 (at San Diego, Jan. 2, 2005)
  • [2nd] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Consecutive Seasons – 20 (1999-2000)
  • [2nd] Most Combined Yards, Career – 10,963
  • [Tied for 2nd] Most Games, 100 or More Receiving Yards, Season – 5 (2005)
  • [Tied for 2nd] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Season – 11 (1999)
  • [Tied for 2nd] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Game – 3 (vs. Miami, Sept. 29, 2002)
  • [Tied for 2nd] Most Consecutive Games, Touchdown Receptions – 4 (2000; 2008)
  • [3rd] Most Receptions, Season – 96 (2008)
  • [3rd] Most Pass Receptions, Consecutive Seasons – 173 (2003-04)
  • [3rd] Most Receptions by a Tight End, Season – 96 (2008)
  • [3rd] Most Receiving Yards, Consecutive Seasons – 2,230 (2007-08)
  • [3rd] Most Yards Receiving by a Tight End, Season – 1,172 (2007)
  • [3rd] Most Yards Receiving by a Tight End, Game – 140 (vs. Miami, Sept. 29, 2002; vs. San Diego, Dec. 2, 2007)
  • [3rd] Most 20 Yard Receptions, Season – 19 (2004)
  • [Tied for 3rd] Most Pass Receptions, Game – 11 (at New England, Dec. 4, 2000; vs. Oakland, Dec. 25, 2004)
  • [Tied for 3rd] Most Pass Receptions, Half – 9 (vs. Oakland, Dec. 25, 2004)
  • [Tied for 3rd] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Season – 10 (2003, 2008)
  • [4th] Most Games, Career – 190
  • [4th] Most Points, Career – 460
  • [4th] Most Receptions, Season – 93 (2000)
  • [4th] Most Pass Receptions, Consecutive Seasons – 172 (2006-07)
  • [4th] Most Receptions by a Tight End, Season – 93 (2000)
  • [4th] Most Yards Receiving, Season – 1,258 (2004)
  • [4th] Most Yards Receiving by a Tight End, Season – 1,058 (2008)
  • [4th] Most Yards Receiving by a Tight End, Game – 138 (vs. San Diego, Oct. 22, 2006)
  • [Tied for 4th] Most Seasons – 12
  • [Tied for 4th] Most Consecutive Games Started, Career – 120
  • [Tied for 4th] Most Pass Receptions, Game – 10 (multiple times)
  • [Tied for 4th] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Consecutive Seasons – 17 (2002-03; 2003-04)
  • [5th] Most Pass Receptions, Consecutive Seasons – 169 (1999-2000)
  • [5th] Most Receptions by a Tight End, Season – 78 (2005)
  • [5th] Most Yards Receiving, Season – 1,203 (2000)
  • [5th] Most Yards Receiving by a Tight End, Season – 917 (2001)

 

Postseason Records

  • [Tied for 1st] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Career – 2

 

Falcons records held by Gonzalez

            (Records through the 2013 season, Gonzalez’s final season with Atlanta)

  • [Tied for 2nd] Most Consecutive Pro Bowl Appearances – 4 (2008-2011)
  • [3rd] Most Consecutive Games with a Reception – 80 (2009-2013)
  • [4th] Most Receptions, Career – 409

League/Team Statistical Titles

 

NFL Statistical Championships

Receiving Titles: 2004KC

 

AFC Statistical Championships

Receiving Titles: 2004KC

 

Team Statistical Championships

Receiving Titles: 1999 KC, 2000 KC, 2001 KC, 2004 KC, 2005 KC, 2006 KC, 2007 KC, 2008 KC,

2012 ATL 

 

Scoring Titles: 2008 KC 

 

KC Kansas City Chiefs        ATL Atlanta Falcons

                                                                                                                                                           

Awards and Honors

  • NFL All-Decade Team of 2000s
  • 1997 Mack Lee Hill Award: Chiefs Rookie of the Year
  • 2008 Derrick Thomas Award: Chiefs MVP
  • 2009 Atlanta Falcons Player of the Year (team award)

 

Year-by-Year Team Records

1997     Kansas City Chiefs........... 13-3-0   (1st)

1998     Kansas City Chiefs............... 7-9-0   (4th)

1999     Kansas City Chiefs............... 9-7-0   (2nd)

2000     Kansas City Chiefs............... 7-9-0   (3rd)

2001     Kansas City Chiefs............. 6-10-0   (4th)

2002     Kansas City Chiefs............... 8-8-0   (4th)

2003     Kansas City Chiefs........... 13-3-0   (1st)

2004     Kansas City Chiefs............... 7-9-0   (3rd)

2005     Kansas City Chiefs............. 10-6-0   (2nd)

2006     Kansas City Chiefs............. 9-7-0   (2nd)

2007     Kansas City Chiefs............. 4-12-0   (3rd)

2008     Kansas City Chiefs............. 2-14-0   (4th)

2009     Atlanta Falcons................... 9-7-0   (2nd)

2010     Atlanta Falcons................ 13-3-0   (1st)

2011     Atlanta Falcons................ 10-6-0   (2nd)

2012     Atlanta Falcons................ 13-3-0   (1st)

2013     Atlanta Falcons.................. 4-12-0   (3rd)

CAREER CAPSULE

Tony Gonzalez's Career Capsule

Full Name: Anthony David Gonzalez

Birthdate: February 27, 1976

Birthplace: Torrance, California

High School: Huntington Beach (CA)

Pro Career: 17 seasons, 270 games

Drafted: 1st round (13th player overall) in 1997 by Kansas City Chiefs



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