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3. Tony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez is arguably the greatest Tight End in NFL history and even if you don’t agree with that you can’t dispute that he was the most successful in terms of offensive potency.

Not every NFL Tight End is used as a regular offensive weapon but Gonzalez certainly changed the way people thought of how to use the position.  In his third season in the league, Gonzalez would be named a First Team All-Pro, the first of what would be five selections as a Kansas City Chief.  Gonzalez would shatter the career record of receptions by a Tight End and would actually lead the NFL in that stat in 2004 when he caught 102 passes for a career-high 1,258 Yards.

As a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, he would go to nine Pro Bowls and catch 916 passes for 10,940 Yards and 76 Touchdowns.

Gonzalez would be traded to the Atlanta Falcons where he would play another five seasons, four of which would see him named to the Pro Bowl.  Entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2019, Gonzalez was enshrined into the Chiefs Hall of Fame the year before.  In 2020, Gonzalez was chosen for the prestigious 100th Anniversary Team.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Tight End
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 13th Overall in the NFL Draft, 4/19/97.
  • Departed: Traded to the Atlanta Falcons for an undisclosed Draft Pick 4/23/09.
  • Games Played: 190
  • Notable Statistics:

    174 Games Started
    916 Receptions
    10,940 Receiving Yards
    76 Receiving Touchdowns
    2 Rushing Attempts
    14 Rushing Yards
    1 Pass Completion
    1 Pass Attempt
    40 Passing Yards
    105 Approximate Value

    3 Playoff Games
    19 Receptions
    180 Receiving Yards
    2 Receiving Touchdowns

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All-Pro (1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 & 2008)
    Second Team All-Pro (2002, 2004, 2006 & 2007)
    Pro Bowl (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008)
    All-Rookie (1997)
    Most Receptions (2004)

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