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Gonzalez Could Join Exclusive Company Monday

Posted Oct 5, 2013

With a reception in Monday's game against the Jets, Tony Gonzalez would join Jerry Rice as the only two players in NFL history with at least one reception in 200 straight games.

Taking a look at NFL all-time receiving lists, Tony Gonzalez’s name is found near the top of nearly every one. Now that the veteran tight end is in his final season, he continues to reach milestones.

After completing his 199th consecutive game with at least one reception in Atlanta’s loss to New England this past Sunday, Gonzalez owns the NFL’s longest such streak among active players.

With a reception at Monday’s game against the Jets, he would also be joining Jerry Rice as the only players in NFL history to post a catch in 200 straight games.

Gonzalez is also the NFL’s leading active receiver with 1,265 receptions and only sits behind Rice’s 1,549 all-time receptions record.

In receiving yards, Gonzalez sits at No. 7 all-time with 14,510, but still leads with active leaders. Something notable out of all this is that out of the top 38 players on this list, Gonzalez is the only tight end on there — the rest are all wide receivers.

Another list Gonzalez sits atop of? Most touchdown catches among active players, with 106.

Despite this being his final season, the tight end is obviously not slowing down and continues to dominate in all areas.

“Its amazing,” he said of potentially joining Rice. “You grow up watching a guy like that. It’s something that I never thought would happen. I never even set out for it to happen. I’ve been very fortunate to be able to stick around and be healthy long enough to do 200 games like that – well, I don’t want to count my chickens before they’re hatched, so hopefully I can get that catch next weekend. Joining a guy like Jerry Rice, he’s the G.O.A.T. – greatest of all time – so that’s good company to be with.”


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