Originally selected in the first round (13th overall) by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1997 NFL Draft. Traded to the Falcons for Atlanta's second round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft on April 23, 2009.
Originally selected in the first round (13th overall) by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1997 NFL Draft. Traded to the Falcons for Atlanta's second round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft on April 23, 2009.
In 14 NFL seasons, has earned 11 Pro Bowl appearances and eight first or second-team Associated Press All-Pro selections. Holds NFL records for career receptions (1,069), receiving yards (12,463), touchdown catches (88), 100-yard receiving games (27), Pro Bowl appearances (11) and 1,000-yard seasons (four) among all tight ends. Is the only tight end to ever register six 100-yard receiving games in a single season (2000, 2004). Has recorded eight 70-catch seasons, 12 60-catch campaigns and 13 50-catch seasons, more than any other tight end in NFL history. Became just the fifth player and first tight end in League history to produce 13 consecutive seasons with 50-or-more receptions. His 1,069 career catches rank sixth in NFL history and second among active players. Ranks tied for 10th in touchdown receptions (88) and 15th in receiving yards (12,463) among all receivers in NFL history. Is the only tight end in League history to record 900 or more receiving yards in seven seasons and currently stands as only the third tight end (Ozzie Newsome, Cleveland and Shannon Sharpe, Denver) in NFL history to lead their respective franchises in all-time receiving. Became only the 21st receiver in NFL history to reach 11,000 career receiving yards following the season opener of the 2010 season. Set a Falcons franchise record for the most receptions in a single season (83), topping Alge Crumpler’s old mark of 65 (2005). Owns 11 career games with double-digit recep- tions, the most of any player in Kansas City history. No player in Chiefs history reached the 300-yard reception plateau quicker than Gonzalez, who got there in 71 games. Caught his 500th career pass in his 118th game, which marked the second-fastest pace by a tight end in NFL history. Ranks third in Chiefs history with 76 total touch- downs and fifth in total points with 460. Has missed just two starts over the past 12 sea- sons averaging 76.4 receptions, 890.2 receiving yards and 6.3 touchdowns per season over his 14-year career. Joined Kansas City wide receiver Carlos Carson (1983-84) as the only other player in team histo- ry to register back-to-back 1,000-yard campaign Received the Chiefs prestigious Mack Lee Hill Award bestowed annually to Kansas City’s top rookie or first-year player after compiling 33 catches for 368 yards and two touchdowns during his initial pro season. Passed Ozzie Newsome for the most starts by a tight end in League history at Pittsburgh (9/12). Will enter the 2011 season looking to extend his streak of catching at least one pass in a game, which currently stands at 163 contests. His streak, is the longest by a tight end in NFL history, passing Ozzie Newsome (150) in 2010. Gonzalez’s career receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns already top Pro Football Hall of Famers Charlie Sanders, Jackie Smith, Mike Ditka, John Mackey, Ozzie Newsome, Kellen Winslow and Dave Casper. Named to the Sporting News Magazine and Sports Illustrated NFL All-Decade teams.
Logged a team-high 72 yards receiving on five catches vs. Chicago (9/11). Led the team with seven receptions for 83 yards and two touchdowns vs. Philadelphia (9/18). With his seven catches, Gonzalez moved into fifth-place on the NFL all-time receptions list (1,081). Recorded two receptions for 18 yards and a touchdown at Tampa Bay (9/25). Hauled in seven catches for 56 yards and a touchdown. With a score in his third consecutive game, Gonzalez passed WR Isaac Bruce into sole possesion of 9th place on the NFL-career touchdown reception list with 92. Corralled six passes for 60 yards vs. Green Bay, and moved past WR Art Monk into 14th place on the NFL’s all-time receiving list with 12,748 yards. Additionally, Gonzalez moved past WR Tim Brown for fifth on the NFL’s all-time receptions list with 1,096 career receptions. Tallied three catches for 29 yards vs. Carolina (10/17). Moved into second place on the NFL’s all-time receptions list with 1,103 career receptions, passing WR Marvin Harrison (1,102), after recording five receptions for 62 yards at Detroit (10/23). Recorded four receptions for 36 yards and a touchdown at Indianapolis (11/6). Reeled in six receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown vs. New Orleans (11/13). Recorded five receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown, while becoming the 13th player in NFL history to eclipse the 13,000 receiving yard mark vs. Tennessee (11/20). Hauled in a season-high nine catches for 69 yards vs. Minnesota (11/27). Notched seven catches for a season-high 100 yards at Houston (12/4). Gonzalez improved his NFL record for 100-yard receiving games by a tight end to 28 games and recorded his NFL-record 13th 60-catch campaign. Recorded seven catches for 82 yards, including a long of 20 yards, and moved into 11th place on the all-time receiving yardage list at Carolina (12/11). Tallied one catch for 14 yards vs. Jacksonville (12/15). Registered five catches for 41 yards at New Orleans (12/16). Hauled in one catch for eight yards vs. Tampa Bay (1/1).
Started all 16 contests and finished the season ranked second on the team in receiving yards (656) and receptions (70). Became just the seventh player and first tight end in league history to tally 1,000 career receptions after hauling in two passes at Pittsburgh (9/12) Finished the season with 12,463 career receiving yards and ranks 15th in NFL history in that category. Sits 258 yards shy of tying Art Monk for 14th and ranks third among all active players in career receiving yards. Logged a season-high eight receptions for a sea- son-high 110 yards with one touchdown at New Orleans (9/26). His 110 receiving yards marked the 27th time in his career that he had posted 100-plus yards in a single game, which is an NFL record for tight ends. Notched 41 receiving yards on seven catches against San Francisco (10/3) and became the first tight end and 17th player in NFL history to record at least 12,000 career receiving yards. Hauled in three receptions for 19 yards with two touchdowns at Philadelphia (10/17). Moved into fifth place on the NFL’s all-time receptions list. Tied a season-high with eight receptions for 72 yards against Tampa Bay (11/7). Registered four catches for 26 yards at Seattle (12/19) and became the first player in NFL his- tory to record 12 consecutive 60-plus catch sea- sons, surpassing WR Jerry Rice’s previous mark of 11 seasons. Posted six receptions for 53 yards and one touch- down against Carolina (1/2). The score marked his 88th career touchdown catch, tying him with Pro Football Hall of Famer Don Maynard for 10th in NFL History.
Started every contest and finished the season ranked second on the team in receiving yards (867) and receptions (83). Also added six touchdowns and 26 receptions on third downs for 309 yards, which ranked sixth in the NFL. Led the team in receiving on five receptions for 73 yards with one touchdown in his Falcons debut against Miami (9/13). On his 20-yard touchdown reception, he became the 21st player in NFL history to record over 11,000 receiving yards and the first tight end to accomplish the feat. Logged a team-high seven receptions for 71 yards with one touchdown against Carolina (9/20). Registered a team-high five receptions for 41 yards with one score against Washington (11/8). His two-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter marked his 80th career TD reception. Hauled in eight receptions for a team-high 82 yards with one touchdown at the New York Giants (11/22) in his 200th NFL game. Tallied a season-high nine receptions for 83 yards against Tampa Bay (11/29). Collected eight catches for 72 yards against Philadelphia (12/6). In the third quarter, he hauled in his fifth pass of the game and set a new single-season reception mark for a tight end in franchise history. Notched three receptions for 32 yards and one touchdown at the New York Jets (12/20). The six-yard TD came with 1:38 remaining in the game and gave the Falcons a 10-7 advantage en route to the win.
Started all 16 games and caught a team-high 96 passes for 1,058 yards (11.0 avg.) and 10 touchdowns earning him his 10th Pro Bowl selection, the most by a tight end in NFL history. Also named first-team Associated Press All-Pro. Won the Derrick Thomas Award as the Chiefs Most Valuable Player. His 96 receptions, 1,058 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns ranked first among tight ends in the NFL. Posted his fourth career 1,000-yard season, which is the highest mark by a tight end in NFL history. Surpassed tight end Shannon Sharpe (10,060) for the most receiving yards by a tight end in NFL history on a six-yard catch in the first quarter vs. Tennessee (10/19). Registered six catches for 79 yards, which included a 19-yard touchdown reception at the New York Jets (10/26). Moved past wide receiver Irving Fryar (851) for 11th on the NFL's all-time reception chart after catching 10 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns at San Diego (11/9). Produced 10 catches for 113 yards with a two-yard touchdown against Buffalo (11/23), marking his 25th career 100-yard receiving game to bypass tight end Kellen Winslow for the most by a tight end in NFL history. Totaled seven receptions for 64 yards with an eight-yard touchdown vs. Miami (12/21), becoming the first tight end in NFL history with four career 1,000-yard seasons.
In 16 starts, posted a team-high 99 catches for 1,172 yards (11.8 avg.) and five touchdowns while being selected to his ninth consecutive Pro Bowl. Was a second-team Associated Press All-Pro selection. His 99 catches made him just the second player in Chiefs history to lead the NFL in receptions and he became one of just three tight ends to lead the League in catches since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. His 1,172 receiving yards led all NFL tight ends and ranked seventh in the AFC. Caught his 62nd career touchdown pass, tying Shannon Sharpe for the most receiving touchdowns by a tight end in NFL history while contributing with eight receptions for 100 yards against Jacksonville (10/7). Set the record for the most receiving touchdowns by a tight end the following week with his 63rd vs. Cincinnati (10/14). Also finished with 102 receiving yards marking his 20th 100-yard game, a Chiefs record. Totaled 10 catches for 140 yards against San Diego (12/2). Notched his 800th career catch on an eight-yard receptions and finished with 137 receiving yards at Detroit (12/23). Surpassed Shannon Sharpe for the most catches by a tight end in NFL history with a 17-yard reception at the New York Jets on (12/30).
Started 15 contests and tallied 73 receptions for a team-high 900 yards (12.3 avg.) and five touchdowns while earning his eighth Pro Bowl berth. Was also named a second-team Associated Press All-Pro selection. His 73 catches were tied for second among tight ends in the NFL. Produced five catches for 59 yards vs. San Francisco (10/1) and moved into third on the NFL's all-time receiving yardage chart for tight ends with 7,957 yards and second with 665 receptions. Posted six receptions for 138 yards vs. San Diego (10/22). Caught six passes for 116 yards and added a two-point conversion catch from QB Damon Huard vs. Seattle (10/29). Recorded five receptions for 63 yards with two TDs at St. Louis (11/5). Caught a three-yard TD pass from Huard in the second quarter to bypass Otis Taylor (57) for the most career TD receptions in team history. Added a 25-yard TD catch from Huard in the second quarter to bypass RB Abner Haynes (58) for the third-most total career TDs in club annals.
Started 16 games at tight end for the sixth straight season and was selected to his seventh consecutive Pro Bowl. Ranked first on the team with 78 receptions for 905 yards (11.6 avg.) with two TDs and became the fourth tight end in NFL history to top the 7,000-yard barrier at Oakland (9/18). Registered seven catches for 97 yards with a 16-yard TD at San Diego (10/30). It was his 55th career receiving score, surpassing Wesley Walls (54) for the third-highest TD tally by a tight end in NFL history. Caught eight passes for 81 yards at Buffalo (11/13), bypassing WR Otis Taylor (7,281) for the most receiving yards in Chiefs history on a 13-yard reception from QB Trent Green in the third quarter. Recorded nine catches for a season-high 98 yards at Houston (11/20), becoming the first tight end in NFL history to register eight consecutive seasons with 50 or more catches. Recorded five receptions for 59 yards vs. Cincinnati (1/1/06), marking his 84th consecutive game with a reception to overtake WR Stephone Paige for the longest receiving streak in Chiefs history. 2004 (CHIEFS) Started all 16 games and was selected to his sixth straight Pro Bowl while garnering second-team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press. Led the team with a single-season franchise record, 102 receptions for 1,258 yards and seven touchdowns. His 1,258 receiving yards were the second-highest tally ever assembled by a tight end in NFL annals, coming just 32 yards shy of Kellen Winslow's total in 1980 (1,290). Had six 100-yard receiving days, tying his own NFL record for tight ends and his Chiefs single-season record originally established in 2000. Produced a team-high eight catches for 106 yards with a 14-yard touchdown vs. Houston (9/26). Registered a team-high eight receptions for 125 yards with two TDs vs. Indianapolis (10/31). Caught his 500th career pass on a 15-yard throw from QB Trent Green in the third quarter to become the fifth tight end in NFL history with 500 career receptions. Caught a team-high nine passes for 123 yards with one touchdown at Tampa Bay (11/7). Produced a team-high seven catches for 86 yards vs. New England (11/22), bypassing WR Carlos Carson (6,360) for third place in Chiefs history in receiving yards and moving ahead of TE Steve Jordan (6,307) for fifth in NFL history for career receiving yards by a tight end. Produced seven catches for 76 yards at Tennessee (12/13), moving ahead of Winslow (541) for the third-highest reception total by a TE in NFL history. Hauled in 25 passes during the last two games for the most receptions in consecutive games in Chiefs history. Registered 11 catches for 124 yards with two TDs vs. Oakland (12/25) and set a Chiefs single-game record for receptions with a career-high 14 catches for 144 yards at San Diego (1/2/05).
Started 16 games at tight end and was selected to his fifth straight Pro Bowl while being named a consensus All-Pro selection. Totaled 71 catches for a team-high 916 yards (12.9 avg.) with 10 touchdowns. His 916 receiving yards led all NFL tight ends and he ranked first among NFL tight ends with 71 receptions. Joined RB Priest Holmes, WR Eddie Kennison and WR Johnnie Morton to form the first foursome in Chiefs history with 50+ receptions and 600+ receiving yards. Recorded career catch number 400 on a four-yard reception from QB Trent Green in the fourth quarter vs. Pittsburgh (9/14), becoming the third player in team history to reach that plateau. Recorded four receptions for 121 yards with one touchdown at Green Bay (10/12). Caught his 411th career pass to move ahead of WR Otis Taylor (410) into second place in Chiefs history on a 26-yard touchdown reception from Green in the first quarter. Recorded his 417th career catch to bypass WR Henry Marshall (416) as the Chiefs all-time receiver on a 24-yard pass from Green in the third quarter at Oakland (10/20).
Started all 16 games at tight end for the third consecutive season and was selected to his fourth straight Pro Bowl. Recorded 63 catches for 773 yards (12.3 avg.) with seven touchdowns. His seven TD catches tied for the most by a tight end in the NFL in 2002. Caught seven passes for 140 yards with a career-high three touchdowns vs. Miami (9/29) to become the first player in Chiefs annals to collect three touchdown catches in a game since WR Sylvester Morris did it vs. San Diego (9/17/00). Bypassed Chris Burford (391) for third place on the Chiefs career receiving chart with a four-yard reception in the third quarter vs. San Diego (12/22).
Started all 16 games, leading the team with 73 receptions for 917 yards (12.6 avg.) and six touchdowns. Selected as a starter in his third consecutive Pro Bowl, although he did not play in the game due to a knee injury. Was a consensus All-Pro and All-AFC pick for the third consecutive year. Became the first player since fullback Kimble Anders ('94-96) to lead the team in receiving for three consecutive seasons. His 73 catches tied Baltimore's Shannon Sharpe for the NFL lead among tight ends, while his 917 receiving yards led all players at his position. Grabbed a team-high five passes for 81 yards vs. Oakland (9/9), bypassing Fred Arbanas (3,101) for the most receiving yards by a TE in Chiefs history on a 15-yard reception in the fourth quarter. Caught a season-best eight passes for 129 yards at Denver (10/7), one of just four 100-yard games by an NFL tight end in 2001. Completed his first NFL pass for 40 yards to fellow tight end Mikhael Ricks to set up a touchdown at San Diego (11/4). With a 14-yard catch in the third quarter he became the fastest Chief to reach the 300-catch plateau. Tied a season high with eight receptions for 78 yards with two touchdowns at Jacksonville (12/30).
Started 16 games, catching 93 passes for 1,203 yards (12.9 avg.) and nine touchdowns. Earned a second straight Pro Bowl berth and was a consensus All-Pro and All-AFC selection. Also garnered a spot on the Phil Simms All-Iron Team. The 93 catches were the fourth-highest total by a tight end in NFL history, while his 1,203 receiving yards were the fifth-highest single-season total in league annals by a player at his position. Led all NFL tight ends in receptions, yards and touchdowns. Gonzalez and Derrick Alexander became the first duo in team history to each have four or more 100-yard outings in a single year. Produced 10 receptions for 127 yards with a 15-yard touchdown at Denver (9/24), his first 10-catch game and his initial 100-yard outing. Grabbed five passes for 117 yards with a nine-yard touchdown vs. St. Louis (10/22). It was his fourth straight game with a touchdown, just one game shy of the team record of five shared by Burford ('62) and Taylor ('66). Became the first tight end in NFL history to record four consecutive 100-yard receiving games when he caught nine passes for 134 yards at Oakland (11/5). Set a career-high for receiving yards with a 11-catch, 147-yard outburst which included a four-yard touchdown in a Monday Night Football contest at New England (12/4). Set a NFL record for tight ends and tied a club mark with his sixth 100-yard game of the season. Surpassed Carson's club record of 80 receptions (83) with a 14-yard catch vs. Carolina (12/10). Finished the day with 10 catches for 96 yards and a six-yard touchdown, becoming the only player in franchise annals to produce double-digit receptions in back-to-back games.
Started 15 games at tight end, leading the team with 76 catches for 849 yards (11.2 avg.) and 11 touchdowns. Became the first Chiefs tight end to make a Pro Bowl appearance and was also a consensus first-team All-Pro selection. Was the first Kansas City tight end to lead the club in catches since Walter White had 48 in '77. Among AFC pass catchers, only WR Marvin Harrison (12) had more touchdowns than Gonzalez (11), the most ever assembled by a Kansas City tight end. Those 11 touchdowns tied as the second-highest total in team history. Registered a season-high 93 yards and two touchdowns vs. Pittsburgh (12/18). Posted a season-high nine catches for 86 yards at Seattle (12/26).
Started all 16 contests, ranking second on the club with 59 catches for 621 yards (10.5 avg.) and two touchdowns. Hauled in three passes for 47 yards, including a 31-yard snag in his first career start vs. Oakland (9/6). Had a season-high seven receptions for 67 yards at Jacksonville (9/13). Caught five passes for a season-high 76 yards at Oakland (12/26), including a 20-yard touchdown.
Played in all 16 games, collecting 33 catches for 368 yards (11.2 avg.) and two touchdowns, in addition to a blocked punt on special teams. Made a diving 21-yard touchdown grab for his inaugural NFL score at Miami (10/5). Caught three passes for 26 yards with a 12-yard touchdown grab in the third quarter of Kansas City's AFC Divisional Playoff appearance vs. Denver (1/4/98).
Played in 33 games in three seasons at California, catching 89 passes for 1,302 yards (14.6 avg.) with eight touchdowns. Also saw action in 82 career contests (16 starts) as a member of the Cal basketball squad, averaging 6.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Flourished under the offense of then-Cal head coach Steve Mariucci as a junior in '96, playing in 12 games, catching 46 receptions for 699 yards (15.9 avg.) and five TDs, earning first-team All-America accolades. On the basketball court, he helped lead Cal to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament, playing in 28 games (six starts), averaging 6.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
Lettered in both football and basketball at Huntington Beach High School in Huntington Beach, California. Caught 62 passes for 945 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior, earning first-team All-America selection as a tight end and a linebacker. Orange County & Sunset League MVP in basketball as he averaged 26.0 ppg. and shot 65 percent from the field (234 of 365) in his final year. Was named the Co-Orange County High School Athlete of the Year along with Tiger Woods. Inducted into the Boys & Girls Club National Hall of Fame in Boston in May of 2006. Was named the "2004 NFL Good Guy" by The Sporting News for his charitable efforts. Authored a book for adolescents in 2005 entitled Catch & Connect, giving practical advice on growing up based on Tony's experiences. Formed the "Tony Gonzalez Foundation" in '98, which supports the Shadow Buddies program, as well as the Boys & Girls Clubs. Shadow Buddies are smiling dolls given to ill individuals, particularly children and the elderly. Developed the "Elite 88" program based on his touchdown catches to benefit the Shadow Buddies program in 2003. Introduced his "Books and Buddies" program in 2003, to help bridge the gap between teenagers and senior citizens. This program received the Presidential Volunteer Award in 2004. In recognition of his Hispanic heritage, paired with the Shadow Buddies Foundation to serve a holiday meal for 156 families from El Centro, Inc., a social service agency serving families in predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods in the Kansas City area. Each family received a $75 Price Chopper gift certificate and every child received a new toy. El Centro received new classroom materials and toys. Upgrades to the school included fresh paint, a new clothes dryer, as well as a full cleaning of the floors and windows. Named to Ingram's prestigious "40 Under 40" list, which annually honors Kansas City's most influential and accomplished leaders under 40 years of age, becoming the youngest individual ever named to that list. Named the 2000 Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City "Role Model of the Year" as selected by the children. A communications major. Full name: Anthony Gonzalez. Gonzalez and his wife, Tobie, have one daughter, Malia (1). Gonzalez also has a son, Nikko (7).