Before he heads off into the sunset of retirement, future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez will put the pads on one final time as he’s been tabbed to replace San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis in this Sunday’s Pro Bowl in Hawaii.
This marks the 14th selection of Gonzalez’s career as he just completed his final season in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons. In the 2013 season, Gonzalez finished up with 79 catches for 803 yards and eight touchdowns, while pushing the all-time records he currently holds further away from future tight ends.
Davis was one of many 49ers that decided not to participate in this weekend’s festivities following their emotional, hard-hitting NFC Championship Game loss to the Seattle Seahawks, but Gonzalez was undoubtedly the best selection to make as the replacement.
Regardless of what you think of the annual NFL all-star game, it will be a treat and a piece of history to see possibly the greatest tight end in the history of the game strap up the pads one final time.