Future Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez is in his final NFL season. Unfortunately, it has not gone at all as planned. The Atlanta Falcons entered the season as one of the NFC’s favorites, but injuries began to pile up and a struggling defense led to the team quickly plummeting to one of the league’s worst.
While Gonzalez could be upset about the way his great career is coming to an end, Gonzalez has no complaints.
“I can’t complain about anything,” Gonzalez said, via Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Obviously, the Super Bowl — I’m sure those questions are going to be asked a lot more as it gets closer to the end. But for me, why would I want to change anything?
“Of course I want to win a Super Bowl, but at the same time I’m very happy with what I’ve accomplished and the relationships I’ve made over the years. Everything happens for a reason, and hopefully it makes me a better person in the process.”
Gonzalez realizes that his final games are ahead of him, so he is ready to appreciate his closing moments in the NFL and enjoy them to his fullest.
“I’m never going to be able to put on these pads again,” Gonzalez said. “It’s a good, thing, too. It’s going to be sad, but at the same time, it’s going to be enlightening. It’s a whole new chapter waiting for me. I can say that I’m going to enjoy these last five weeks.”
Gonzalez has always been one of the classiest players in the league, so it is no surprise he is approaching this situation with the utmost class as well.
It is sad to see him go out on a struggling team, but he will always be remembered as one of the NFL greats and it is only a matter of time until he is forever enshrined in Canton.