Initially upon learning about Tony Gonzalez receiving the 2013 Good Guy Award from the Professional Football Writers of America, many people would react in the same way.
“What is the actual name of the award?”
Well, the title says it all, and Gonzalez’s acknowledgement as the ultimate good guy is just that, as that is the actual name of the award bestowed upon the future Hall-of-Fame Tight End. Gonzalez has been known for years as a tremendous player and person on and off of the field, but this award showcases professionalism in assisting the media in performing their everyday tasks.
On the field, Gonzalez is the best statistical tight end of all-time, having caught 1,242 balls for 14,268 yards and a record-shattering 100 touchdowns in his career. However, all reports are that he is even better off of the field, and he’s been renowned for his work in nutrition, as well as helping the community.
Gonzalez was originally set to retire following the 2012 season, but Thomas Dimitroff (the Falcons GM) and company lured him back for one more season after Atlanta was unceremoniously bounced from the playoffs with an NFC Title Game loss to San Francisco. While Gonzalez’s prospects to repeat as the “Good Guy” award winner are unknown, the Falcons will be competing for their 2nd trip to the Super Bowl in franchise history, and Tony will be right in the middle of the discussion on and off the field.