Tony Gonzalez will enter The Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, and although he spent the majority of his NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs, it's clear he still has a special place in his heart for the Atlanta Falcons.
"Just before the game I saw Matt Ryan, I got to see Julio," Gonzalez told Michele Tafoya on the NBC broadcast. "I got kind of emotional as I was walking down there and I saw that Falcons uniform. Obviously, I'm still a Chief, too, as well, but it brings back all of those memories that are very special to me."
Gonzalez spent his final five season in Atlanta, where he won the first and only playoff game of his career. Joining Matt Ryan, Roddy White and Julio Jones, Gonzalez helped establish the Falcons as one of the premier offensive teams of the past decade.
During his run with the Falcons, Gonzalez caught 409 passes for 4,187 yards and 35 touchdowns. He was a true go-to player for Ryan on third downs and inside of the red zone, and Gonzalez's reliability in crucial situations was always a sure thing.
The 14-time All-Pro is the all-time leader among tight ends in career receptions and yards with 1,325 and 15,127, respectively. He also caught 111 career touchdowns, second among tight ends in league history.