Tony Gonzalez May Play Again In 2014
by Allen K
Feb 10, 2014 7:40 PM EST
It appears Tony Gonzalez hasn’t reached the end of the line just yet. The future Hall-of-Fame tight end is now technically retired, but he left open the possibility of returning to the field sometime in 2014.
While speaking on NFL Live on ESPN, Gonzalez said, “Maybe, if the team is hot in November, 9-2 or something, I could come back for the last two months.”
The Falcons had an opportunity to trade Gonzalez at the trade deadline, but they opted to keep him even though they were well out of playoff contention. Gonzalez wouldn’t force the team’s hand by asking them to trade him, but it was clear that he was more than open to the idea of being traded to a contender. However, instead of giving Gonzalez one last chance at making a playoff run, the Falcons’ front office denied him that opportunity.
Gonzalez appears to be following in the footsteps of Brett Favre. He talked about retiring in 2012, but he came back for another shot at winning a ring. And he repeatedly said that he was going to call it quits after the 2013 season ended, but he has already backed off of those statements.
In fairness to Gonzalez, he looked like he was capable of playing for at least another two or three seasons, and it’s tough to blame him for wanting to chase a ring to cap off his illustrious career. At this point, we can only wait and see what Gonzalez does once the season starts.