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Transcript: Tony Gonzalez Locker Room Interview

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Tight end Tony Gonzalez addressed how he felt after a 13-catch, 123-yard performance in a win over Washington during his time with the media Thursday

On leading the League in receptions after five weeks:

“I didn’t know that. Honestly, that stuff doesn’t even matter to me. I’m telling the truth. It’s about going out there and winning football games. That’s the stat I’m most proud of this year, and hopefully, we can keep it up.”

On how the leaders are preaching not buying into the hype after the 5-0 start:

“I think the majority of the leaders do on the team. I know I’ve been stressing that, but obviously Smitty has been the one stressing that. In meeting rooms, that’s the first thing he says is don’t buy into the hype. The offensive coordinator says that, Dirk Koetter. Why do that at this point anyways? Especially, after the last two games that we’ve played. We can play a lot better. After the game, any team that we play from here on out, as long as we keep doing what we’ve been doing, they’re going to be better for us. They’re going to bring their best and I expect nothing less from the Raiders this week. They’re going to come in here ready to go and primed to get an upset. Why wouldn’t you? If I was in their position, I would do the same thing. I would prepare my best and be ready to go. It’s important we stay grounded. We don’t look ahead. We don’t take any team lightly, and we go out there and play good Atlanta Falcons football.”

On how good it feels to be undefeated:

“It’s great. I’ve been in that position before. I’ve been around a long time, so I know how it is and it’s important not to listen to the outside noise, to the media, to your family, to your friends across the League saying, oh, you guys are balling, you guys are doing so well. You can’t listen to that stuff. You need to keep saying to yourself we have something to prove here. We have to stay hungry. We have to stay humble. We have to keep going out there and keep that work ethic that has gotten us to this point. Otherwise, it can get taken away so quickly. It is hard to win an NFL football game. It’s important that we stay focused and keep going out there and keep preparing.”

On still being viable:

“I’ve been viable my whole career, I like to think. This is what we all prepare for, at least I hope. That’s what I just came from. I’m in the weight room everyday trying to be the best player I can be to help this team win. I look at it and you say to yourself you better take a little satisfaction, and I do, into knowing that I put the work in. It gives me a little bit of clarity. It makes life make sense. You put the work ethic in and you go out there and perform. I can’t take all the credit, obviously. Matt Ryan is playing unbelievable. Everybody knows that. Then obviously with Roddy and Julio outside, it gives me a matchup opportunity and I give them a matchup opportunity. That’s part of the beauty of this offense how good it is and how good it can be.”

On keeping guys patient and staying the course:

“We have to stay the course, and when you look back at the film I guess any team in the NFL can say we had this block here and if we took this angle on this particular play then it would’ve turned out for us. Then, we would’ve had points on the board. It does teach us some resiliency, and it teaches us as we go on and if we want to go where we want to go, especially playoff time and I hate talking about that at this point, but that’s what comes up. You’re going to meet some really good teams, and it’s not always going to go the way that you want. It shows good character of our team up to this point and we have to build off of it, because it’s not always going to go our way and we have to compensate and get it right.”

On being one touchdown away from having 100:

“That’s pretty cool. I guess I better be close after 16 years (laughing). If there was any other goal I had coming into this year besides obviously being on a great football team and getting to a Super Bowl. That was my only personal goal was to try and score five touchdowns. I’m coming up to it. Hopefully, I can get it this week. I’m sure it’ll happen sooner or later.”

On the Raiders still having the mystique they used to have:

“For me, it’ll always be there. I grew up with it. When I was 21 years old, I was introduced to it out in Kansas City. It’s one of the best rivalries, at least it was a lot better when both teams were good. It’s a special place in my heart. I grew up in LA and Orange County and grew up watching these guys. The silver and black always makes me want to go out there and be the best that I can be.”

On how he felt the morning after a 13 catch game:

“Like hell. It’s hard getting out of bed and its hard going to bed. Obviously, that’s not normal. I don’t catch that many balls and get tackled on every single one of them. That’s part of the game. I was in the shower after the game with Michael Turner and I was like man, I don’t know how you running backs do it. He’s like they take different angles and different shots at them. That’s just part of it and part of that recovery that I talk about that I preach trying to put good food in your body after the game and hydrate well.”