Move over Terrell Owens! There’s a new man taking up the fifth spot on the NFL’s career receiving list: Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez.
The Cuban-American NFL star moved into the No. 5 spot last night during the Falcons’ comeback victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Gonzalez, an eleven-time Pro Bowl selection, now has a whopping 1,081 career receptions.
During Sunday’s oh-so-thrilling game, “Gonzo” caught two touchdown passes to help propel Atlanta to a 35-31 win over the Eagles.His first touchdown catch was pure perfection — possibly one of his greatest grabs ever. Close to the end of the second quarter, “Gonzo” made a nimble catch at the back of the end zone with one hand and managed to keep both feet in-bounds as he fell out of the back of the end zone.
“I knew I had the catch,” said Gonzalez. “I didn’t know if I had the feet down.” Check out the highlight-reel-worthy catch below:
Gonzalez kicked off the scoring in the second half of play with a 17-yard TD catch about three minutes into the game. He ended the night with seven receptions and 83-yards.
After playing college football at the University of California, Berkley, Gonzalez was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft.
Gonzalez, an eleven-time Pro Bowl selection, currently holds the NFL records for single season receptions by a tight end, career touchdowns by a tight end, career receptions by a tight end and reception yards by a tight end.
Images courtesy of Keith Srakocic/Associated Press & John Amis/Associated Press.