By Eric Schmidt

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez told reporters yesterday that he’s 95% certain that he will retire after the conclusion of the 2012 season. Gonzalez, 36, has lost a step since his days with the Kansas City Chiefs, but he is still a productive player, recording 80 receptions and seven scores last year. A durable player, known for his physical fitness, he has only missed two games in his storied career.

Speaking to reporters at training camp, Gonzalez said, “I would say that I’m 95 percent sure, just in case. I talked to my family this offseason. I’ve had a great run. I feel pretty good about where I’m at as a player. I just want to make sure I end up at the top.” Gonzalez is currently playing on a one-year, $6.9 million dollar contract.

Entering his 16th season, Gonzalez has played the last three seasons with the Falcons after spending 13 seasons with the Chiefs. He is just 51 receptions shy of reaching 1200 while logging 13,338 receiving yards and 73 touchdowns.Four times in his career, he topped the 1,000 yard mark and three times recorded double digit touchdowns.

If he does indeed decide to retire after this year, Gonzalez will be fitted for a yellow jacket in the summer of 2017 while he is being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

 

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