Gonzalez ‘Probably’ Done with Storied Career

Gonzalez ‘Probably’ Done with Storied Career

Jay Adams

Published January 20, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Tony Gonzalez sat at his locker after Sunday’s 28-24 loss in the NFC Championship game to the 49ers, just staring at the wall, like so many of his teammates around him.

For Gonzalez, however, this was different. It was likely the last few moments he’d spend in his pads, cleats and uniform.

The gravity of the moment wasn’t lost on him.

“It’s probably the last time I’m going to wear that uniform,” Gonzalez said, choking up. “I didn’t want to take it off, to tell you the truth. All good things come to an end and, like I said all season long, this is probably my last one. What an unbelievable ride.”

Gonzalez wouldn’t definitively say that this would be his final season after the game, but added that his mind is “pretty much” made up on the subject. Since the offseason, Gonzalez has contended that he’s 95 percent sure he’s going to retire and that, once the season ended, he’d take some time and talk it over with his family.

Gonzalez said the reason he would walk away now is to be with his family and to have them all together. He said his oldest son stays in Los Angeles and his family splits time between there and Atlanta during the season.

Whenever the decision is made for certain, Gonzalez said he’ll stick with it and see it through.

“I don’t want anybody out there to feel sorry for me,” said Gonzalez, who added that he probably won’t play in the Pro Bowl next Sunday, his 13th time being named to the team in his 16-year career. “I’ve had a great ride — an unbelievable ride. A great career, from the Falcons to the Chiefs, it’s been awesome. I have no regrets. Not one.”

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