Tony Gonzalez
All-American college football player, professional football player, tight end
Tony Gonzalez
Anthony David Gonzalez is an American football tight end for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of California, Berkeley, and was recognized as an All-American. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft.
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Tony Gonzalez on NFL championship games, movie debut
CBS News - about 1 month
A trip to the Super Bowl will be on the line next Sunday for the four teams competing in the NFL conference championship games. Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers will take on the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC. In the AFC, the Pittsburgh Steelers will face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. CBS Sports' "NFL Today" analyst Tony Gonzalez joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the upcoming matchups.
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Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'This is Us' on NBC
LATimes - 4 months
SERIES NCIS After a Navy petty officer (Emily Alabi) escapes from a kidnapper, the investigation links her missing husband to the abduction. Tony Gonzalez reprises his guest role as an FBI special agent. 8 p.m. CBS The Flash Barry (Grant Gustin) lets his new trainee (Violett Beane) tag along...
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40 Under 40: Latinos In Sports
Huffington Post - 4 months
The 2016 sports season was filled with countless story lines ranging from redemptions, to walk off retirements and dramatic Olympic performances. And in the center of these were many influential Latinos. However, even though Latinos have made great strides in sports, the community still faces multiple barriers to entry. This can be seen in becoming a professional, and Olympic athlete, as well as in the disproportionate amount of diversity in management, journalism and ownership positions vis-a-vis to the constantly evolving percentage of players of color in the NFL, NBA, and MLB to name a few. Yet despite these obstacles various role models have cracked into this sector and have paved the way for many. Armando Salguero (Miami Herald) and Dan Le Batard (ESPN), Mauricio Sulaiman (WBC), Jose de Jesus Ortiz (St. Louis Dispatch), Tony Gonzalez (CBS), Jesse Sanchez (MLB), Angel Rodríguez (LA Times), Arturo "Artie"Moreno (Owner of LA Angels), Linda Alvarado (Owner of Colorado Rocki ...
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No. 1 Loyola nips No. 13 Maine South in thriller
Chicago Times - 6 months
There's a long way to go this season, but it's hard to imagine Jake Marwede having a better week than this one. First, the Loyola senior got to hang out with one of the greatest tight ends in history when Tony Gonzalez came to Wilmette. "He came over to watch practice, give the team a few pointers,"...
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Super Bowl 2014: All the Details on the Stars, and Biggest Parties
US Magazine - about 3 years
Football, parties, and wings! The 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII is days away, with fans dusting off their favorite team jerseys in anticipation for the big game. The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks are set to go head-to-head for the championship at MetLife Stadium in NYC suburb East Rutherford, N.J. -- but first, there's some fun to be had, with plenty of boldfaced football lovers joining in. Here, Us Weekly rounds up just a few of the Super Bowl's hottest parties, and the stars expected to attend. PHOTOS: Celebrities dating athletes Thursday, Jan. 30 Fox Sports 1 Super Bowl Bash Almost game time! Michael Strahan, Erin Andrews, Hugh Jackman, Jason Biggs, Rebecca Minkoff, Gavin Degraw, Randy Mass, Brian Urlacher, Regis Philbin, CC Sabathia, and Kasey Kahne are set to attend Fox's big shindig before the big weekend. Kings of Leon is also on the guest list. Super Bowl Blitz Bowl Nick Cannon and Stacy Keibler are expected to attend. Bootsy Bellows New York Takeover insi ...
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TE Gonzalez named to 14th Pro Bowl
Fox News - about 3 years
New York, NY ( - Tight end Tony Gonzalez, who has already announced his retirement following 17 stellar seasons, has one more game left to play.Gonzalez will suit up one more time to represent the Atlanta Falcons at the Pro Bowl on Sunday
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Panthers Top Falcons 34-10 For Fourth Straight Win (VIDEO)
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton overcame a shaky start, throwing for one touchdown and running for another as the Carolina Panthers beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-10 Sunday for their fourth straight victory. The Panthers defense picked off Matt Ryan three times and cornerback Drayton Florence returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown to help hand the Falcons their fifth loss in six games. Newton threw for 249 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown pass to tight end Greg Olsen. He also ran for an 8-yard touchdown. Fullback Mike Tolbert scored his fifth touchdown in the last four games on a 4-yard burst. Ryan was 20 of 27 for 219 yards. The Falcons continued to struggle without Julio Jones and Roddy White. Tony Gonzalez had six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown for the Falcons. ___ AP NFL website
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Tony Gonzalez not asking for trade - ESPN
Google News - over 3 years
WZZM Tony Gonzalez not asking for trade ESPN The Atlanta Falcons tight end realizes plenty of folks want to see him walk away from the NFL wearing his first Super Bowl ring. That would explain the 37-year-old's willingness to address trade rumors, even if the topic has become a recurring distraction for ... Tony Gonzalez 'would listen' if Falcons want to trade NFL Trade Deadline Live: Tony Gonzalez Open to Being Traded,… Tony Gonzalez open to trade, but Falcons won't do -Sports World News -USA TODAY all 43 news articles »
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Sending Tony Gonzalez home among 10 NFL deadline trades we'd make
USA Today - over 3 years
Among them, sending TE Tony Gonzalez back to the Chiefs to pursue his elusive Super Bowl ring.
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Houston weekend ratings report: Good for football, not so good for baseball
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
This arguably was one of the more eventful weekends of the fall sports calendar, and it produced some Nielsen ratings numbers of note in Houston – some good, some not so good. Despite the Texans’ lopsided loss to the Rams, the game still did a 24.6 rating on KRIV (Channel 26), which means the average audience for the game represented almost a quarter of Houston’s 2.2 million TV households. The Aggies and Longhorns also had good audience numbers. Texas’ win over Oklahoma produced a 7.1 rating on KTRK (Channel 13) and the down-to-the-wire win over Ole Miss produced an estimated 7.7 rating on ESPN in Houston. Ratings for Oklahoma-Texas elsewhere were 32.2 in Oklahoma City, 27.2 in Tulsa, 23.0 in Austin, 13.2 in Dallas-Fort Worth and 8.7 in San Antonio. Top markets for Aggies-Rebels were 13.9 in Birmingham, 12.1 in Memphis, 12.0 in Austin, 9.2 in San Antonio and 7.7 in New Orleans and D-FW. On the baseball front, meanwhile, Houston continues as a menace to Major League Baseball, at ...
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It's been a nightmare start for some NFL elite players
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
If you put the names Matt Ryan, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Julio Jones, Victor Cruz, Tony Gonzalez, Roddy White, Justin Tuck, Troy Polamalu and Lawrence Timmons all in the same sentence, the logical conclusion would be that you were having a discussion about the starting Pro Bowl lineups.
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Julio Jones Injury: Falcons Say Star WR Is Out For Season
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons' fears were confirmed on Wednesday when a second medical opinion found star wide receiver Julio Jones' foot injury will cause him to miss the remainder of the season. Coach Mike Smith said Jones will have surgery on Monday, but the Falcons still did not release details of the injury. Jones, the NFL's leading receiver, injured his right foot in Monday night's 30-28 loss to the New York Jets. Smith had said Tuesday the first reports were not encouraging. Jones wanted a second opinion and was examined Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C., by foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson. "Unfortunately, Julio's appointment with the doctor today confirmed our initial findings," Smith said in a statement released by the team. Anderson repaired a broken bone in Jones' right foot before his 2011 rookie season. The loss of Jones is a devastating blow to the Falcons, who are 1-4 and entering their bye week. Roddy White, a four-time P ...
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NFL Week 5 Football Picks
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Nothing is truly predictable when it comes to the NFL's Week 5 predictions, but I'll go out on a limb (again) anyway. High-flyers like Green Bay and Denver are both up against good defenses as they face Detroit and Dallas. Superstar Seattle is on the road against underrated Indy. Even one of the league's two worst teams will win -- since Jacksonville and St. Louis are playing each other. This week will test the "go with the strongest team no matter what" theory. Quotes of the Week: "We like to formation them to death." Drew Brees in an ESPN interview after Monday Night Football "We're here chillin' with the Brits. Shout out to the Queen." Ike Taylor, mic'd by NFL Films (Showtime's Inside the NFL) Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns. Lost in the Brian Hoyer/Trent Richardson hoopla is the fact that the Cleveland Browns' defense is giving up less than 300 yards per game, featuring less than 80 rushing yards allowed. Buffalo's D ranks 27th overall, but does seem to have awakened of l ...
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Gonzalez's TD catch helps Falcons tie Pats at half
Yahoo News - over 3 years
ATLANTA (AP) — Tony Gonzalez caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to help the Atlanta Falcons tie the New England Patriots 10-10 late in the second quarter Sunday night.
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The Golden Age of Sports, Where Everyone's a Winner
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Perhaps it was sheer coincidence it all began on Labor Day -- the first Monday in September -- where strength, achievement and hard-work are celebrated. Whether it was or not, what better way to kick off a week where attributes like these were on full display. The moment 64-year old Diana Nyad stepped onto the shores of Key West, completing her historical 110 mile swim from Cuba to Florida the stage was set. No one, especially someone past the recognized retirement age and able to collect Social Security, had ever managed such a feat. As media outlets worldwide bandied about a chorus of "age defying" euphemisms, little did we know by weeks end both tennis and football would be receiving similar accolades. Nyad's record-breaking swim had delivered a rippling effect - not only by raising the belief that anything's possible if you persevere, but also by demonstrating what once was old is new again and no record is safe, regardless of a competitor's age. The numbers tell the stor ...
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Super Bowl roadblocks: These teams are poised to keep Texans from winning it all
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
Texans owner Bob McNair and defensive end J.J. Watt straight out said it. Wide receiver Andre Johnson and offensive tackle Duane Brown dropped hints. Coach Gary Kubiak has been cautious; running back Arian Foster has acknowledged it’s not even worth talking about until it’s worth talking about. The chatter: The 2013 Texans as legitimate Super Bowl contenders. On paper, this is the deepest, most experienced and most dangerous team McNair has owned and Johnson — an 11-year veteran who’s watched his club win back-to-back AFC South titles — has suited up for. All the Texans technically have to show for an 11-1 start last season and a 22-10 record the last two years are two divisional playoff exits, and a league devoted to parity is again filled with classic standards, fast risers and looming question marks. Did the Matt Schaub-era Texans peak on Dec. 2, 2012, when they improved to 11-1? Or will this finally be the year Houston watches its pro football team in the Super Bowl? Peyt ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tony Gonzalez
  • 2015
    Age 38
    In 2015, Tony Gonzalez and his older brother Chris Gonzalez were profiled in the documentary, "Play It Forward."
    More Details Hide Details The film initially premiered at the Opening Gala during the Tribeca Film Festival.
    In March 2015, Gonzalez began hosting "You Can't Lick Your Elbow", a show on the National Geographic Channel.
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  • 2014
    Age 37
    He was the grand marshal of the 2014 Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade.
    More Details Hide Details Along with playing in the NFL, Tony Gonzalez has been involved in a number of business ventures. While playing for the Chiefs, he co-founded Extreme Clean 88, a commercial cleaning service in Kansas City. While in Kansas City, Tony Gonzalez also contributed to Shadow Buddies, a charity that works with hospitalized children. In 2009, Gonzalez co-authored the book The All-Pro Diet. The book, co-written with Mitzi Dulan, the former nutritionist for the Chiefs, details his diet and workout routine and provides practical suggestions for others to follow the same path. Later in 2009, Gonzalez co-founded All-Pro Science, a sports nutrition company that manufactures a complete line of protein shakes, vitamins and other supplements. The products in the APS line follow a similar philosophy to the one set forth in Gonzalez's book, focusing on a balance of foods from all-natural sources.
  • 2013
    Age 36
    On March 15, 2013, Gonzalez agreed to re-sign with the Falcons to a two-year, $14 million contract, despite his claim that he would be retiring after the 2012 season.
    More Details Hide Details Gonzalez played his final NFL game against the Carolina Panthers on December 29. He would later be named a second alternate for the Pro Bowl that season, and was added to the roster when San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis declined the invitation. It was his 14th and final Pro Bowl appearance, tying him with Bruce Matthews, Merlin Olsen and Peyton Manning for the most selections for the game. Following his retirement, Gonzalez became an analyst on CBS's NFL pregame show NFL Today. In early 2007, Gonzalez suffered a bout of facial paralysis known as Bell's Palsy. Gonzalez subsequently experimented with a vegan diet after reading The China Study, by Cornell professor and nutrition researcher T. Colin Campbell, but he and his nutritionist, Mitzi Dulan, ultimately decided that eating meat occasionally would be best for his performance. Gonzalez only eats organic fruits and vegetables, free-range chicken, grass fed beef (no more than 18 ounces a month), and fish.
    But on March 12, 2013, on his Twitter page, he said, "I'm happy to say that after speaking with my family, I'm coming back."
    More Details Hide Details Then, later that day, he posted,"The lure of being on such a great team and organization, along with unbelievable fan support was too good to pass up."
  • 2012
    Age 35
    Throughout the 2012 season, he insisted on retiring.
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    Gonzalez caught his 100th career touchdown on November 11, 2012, in a week 10 game against the New Orleans Saints, becoming the only tight end in NFL history to catch 100 TD passes.
    More Details Hide Details On January 13, 2013, Gonzalez won the first playoff game of his career when the Falcons defeated the Seattle Seahawks 30-28.
    In the 2012 season opener, Gonzalez played in Arrowhead Stadium against the Chiefs for the first time in his career which ended with a Falcons' victory.
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  • 2011
    Age 34
    With Gonzalez's contract set to expire following the conclusion of the 2011 season, he signed a 1-year $7 million contract extension with the Falcons on January 1, 2012 indicating his intent to return for at least one season.
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    During the NFL lockout in 2011, Gonzalez contemplated retiring rather than sitting out an entire season and waiting to play in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details After the lockout was eventually lifted by the league, Gonzalez was adamant he had at least three seasons left in him and was excited at the prospects of returning to the Falcons who are widely considered to be Super Bowl contenders.
  • 2010
    Age 33
    His play in 2010 helped him return to the Pro Bowl that year.
    More Details Hide Details The Falcons also finished 13-3 that season to earn the first-seed in the playoffs; in Gonzalez first playoff game in five years, the Falcons were defeated by the eventual Super Bowl champions Green Bay Packers.
    In the 2010 regular season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Gonzalez made his 1,000th career reception, making him the seventh player in NFL history to do so and the first tight end.
    More Details Hide Details Gonzalez had his best performance as a Falcon two weeks later against the defending Super Bowl champions New Orleans Saints, as caught eight catches for 110 yards and a touchdown to help lead Atlanta to an overtime victory.
    Gonzalez was traded to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft on April 23, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details In his first regular season game with Atlanta against the Miami Dolphins, Gonzalez caught a touchdown pass from Matt Ryan and became the 21st player, and the first tight end, in NFL history with 11,000 receiving yards. He finished the game leading the Falcons in receiving with five receptions for 73 yards and one touchdown, his 20-yard touchdown reception marking only the third time he scored in the opening game of the season. Although Gonzalez recorded 83 receptions for 867 yards and 6 touchdowns, his total stats went down from the previous years in Kansas City, and Gonzalez was not invited to the Pro Bowl for the first time in 10 years.
  • 2009
    Age 32
    During the 2009 offseason Gonzalez again approached Chiefs management about a possible trade.
    More Details Hide Details Unlike the previous Chiefs management, new Chiefs' GM Scott Pioli told Gonzalez he would see what he could do.
  • 2008
    Age 31
    In week 4 of the 2008 season, Gonzalez became NFL all-time leader in reception yards for a tight end with 10,064, surpassing Shannon Sharpe.
    More Details Hide Details He recorded 96 receptions for 1,058 yards and was also elected to his tenth career Pro Bowl despite Kansas City general manager Carl Peterson stated that no playoff-contending team made a good enough offer.
  • 2007
    Age 30
    Gonzalez had a commitment ceremony in July 2007 with his girlfriend, October.
    More Details Hide Details They are not legally married, however they consider themselves married. Gonzalez has three children, a daughter and a son, Malia and River, with his wife and a son, Nikko, from a previous relationship with entertainment reporter Lauren Sánchez. He lives in Huntington Beach, California. On July 3, 2008, while dining with his family at Capone's Restaurant in Huntington Beach, Gonzalez noticed fellow diner Ken Hunter choking on a piece of meat at a nearby table, unable to breathe. Gonzalez successfully administered the Heimlich Maneuver to Hunter, saving his life. After the incident, it was revealed that Hunter was a fan of the San Diego Chargers, who are a rival team of the Chiefs in the AFC West. He campaigned for Barack Obama in the 2008 Election, saying "this is the first time in my life that I've ever been political about anything."
    On December 23, 2007, Gonzalez recorded his third season with 1,000 receiving yards, tying him with Kellen Winslow, Todd Christensen and Shannon Sharpe for most ever by a tight end, and on December 30, 2007, Gonzalez passed Shannon Sharpe for most receptions all time by a tight end.
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    On October 14, 2007, Gonzalez broke the career touchdown reception record for tight ends previously held by Shannon Sharpe, as well as passing Ozzie Newsome for second in career receiving yards for a tight end.
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    In 2007, Gonzalez continued his productivity in spite of the generally poor play of the Chiefs' offense.
    More Details Hide Details Though the Chiefs finished at or near the bottom in most major offensive categories, Gonzalez led the Chiefs and all NFL tight ends in receptions (99) and receiving yards (1,172) while being named to his ninth straight Pro Bowl.
  • 2006
    Age 29
    In 2006, Gonzalez broke wide receiver Otis Taylor's Chiefs team receiving yards and touchdowns mark, and also passed running back Priest Holmes for the team yards from scrimmage record.
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    Starting late in 2006, Gonzalez began to close in on numerous team and league receiving records.
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  • 2004
    Age 27
    His best season statistically came in 2004, when he caught an NFL record (for a tight end) 102 passes for 1,258 yards and seven touchdowns.
    More Details Hide Details Gonzalez's single-season record of 102 receptions by a tight end stood for 8 years, until it was broken by Jason Witten during the 2012 season.
  • 2003
    Age 26
    From 2003 to 2006, Gonzalez was the most productive tight end in the NFL.
    More Details Hide Details During this time he averaged 79 receptions, 968 yards, and 6.5 touchdowns per season and was elected to the Pro Bowl every year.
  • 1999
    Age 22
    In the 1999 season saw Gonzalez again improving when he caught 76 passes for 849 yards and a career high 11 touchdown receptions, earning his first Pro Bowl selection.
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  • 1998
    Age 21
    In the 1998 season, Gonzalez saw dramatic improvements with 59 receptions for 621 yards, and also caught two touchdown passes for the second consecutive year.
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  • 1997
    Age 20
    Gonzalez began his career in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details He finished his rookie season with 33 receptions, two touchdowns and a blocked punt on special teams, helping the Chiefs to finish with the best record in the American Football Conference (AFC).
    Gonzalez was ranked as one of the top tight ends in the 1997 NFL Draft and was considered a top 15 selection.
    More Details Hide Details The Chiefs traded up from the 18th to the 13th selection with the Houston Oilers to draft Gonzalez.
    He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft.
    More Details Hide Details Gonzalez, a fourteen-time Pro Bowl selection, currently holds the NFL records for receptions (1,325), touchdown receptions (111) and total receiving yards (15,127) by a tight end. Gonzalez was also known for his durability, missing only two games in his seventeen-year career. Since the start of the 2000 season Gonzalez had 1,145 receptions and only one fumble, making him one of the most sure handed players of all time. He is currently a studio analyst for The NFL Today. Gonzalez was born in Torrance, California, and was raised by his mother, Judy, who worked two jobs to support the family; his father being of Cape Verdean, Jamaican,and Scottish descent, and his mother's family being of African American, Euro-American, Mexican-American and Native American ancestry. Gonzalez attended Huntington Beach High School in Huntington Beach, California, where he lettered in football, baseball, and basketball.
  • 1976
    Born on February 27, 1976.
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