It really is Tony Gonzalez’s last chance…
The 38-year-old part-Mexican pro football star is officially back with the Atlanta Falcons for one last opportunity to win a Super Bowl ring.
After considering retirement and ultimately deciding this spring to return, the tight end returned to the team for training camp but left shortly afterward. Gonzalez had made a promise to his 12-year-old son, Nikko, to be with him as he started his youth football career, meaning he was away from the Falcons for much of training camp.
But Gonzalez is now back with the team again, joining his teammates on Sunday and preparing to play in the Falcons next preseason game against the Tennessee Titans.
“It’s time for me to get back there,” Gonzalez told Fox Sports. “I need to get some work with [quarterback] Matt [Ryan] and the offense. I’m excited.”
The Atlanta Falcons are closing their training camp on Sunday, but Tony Gonzalez is expected to get some work in before it closes.
Even though he’s approaching 40, Gonzalez still has a lot left in the tank. Last year he caught 93 passes for 930 yards and eight touchdowns, making the Pro Bowl for the 13th time.
His return gives the Falcons one of the most unstoppable receiving corps in the National Football League. Gonzalez remains a dangerous player with a knack for getting open.
For Tony Gonzalez, 2013 represents the last chance to win a Super Bowl. Until last season he had never won a playoff game, but this year the Falcons are a favorite of many NFL observers to win it all.