TONY GONZALEZ #88
|Hometown||Huntington Beach, CA|
Eight-time Pro Bowl tight end enters his 11th season in Kansas City … Is unquestionably the league’s most accomplished player at his position and is deservedly mentioned as one of the elite tight ends to ever play the game … Without question, is the standard-bearer by which other NFL tight ends are judged, owning more receptions (721), receiving yards (8,710) and TD catches (61) than any other active tight end … Is the only tight end in NFL history to make eight straight Pro Bowl appearances, a tally that ties Shannon Sharpe for the most Pro Bowl berths by a player at that position … Remarkably consistent and durable performer has missed just two starts over the past nine seasons, averaging 76.4 receptions, 926.8 receiving yards and 6.56 TDs per season since he became an NFL starter in ‘98 … Continued his torrid pace in 2006, registering 73 catches for 900 yards, marking the sixth season he has posted 900 or more receiving yards and the fourth consecutive season he has accomplished that feat … Joined TE Todd Christensen as the only other NFL tight end to produce 900 or more receiving yards in four consecutive seasons … Is the only tight end in NFL history to record 900 or more receiving yards in six campaigns … Has helped redefine the tight end position during his professional tenure and is rapidly approaching the top career receiving totals ever established by a tight end in NFL history … Is already the all-time leading pass catcher in Chiefs history with 721 receptions, the second-highest total by a TE in league annals behind Sharpe (815) ... Joins Sharpe (Denver) and Newsome (Cleveland) as just the third tight end in NFL annals to hold the title of his franchise’s all-time leading receiver … His 8,710 career receiving yards are also the highest total in Chiefs annals, a figure that ranks second in NFL history among tight ends, trailing only Sharpe (10,060) ... Ranks first in Kansas City history with 61 career TD receptions … Needs just two more TDs to take over the all-time NFL lead for scoring receptions by a tight end, ranking just behind Sharpe (62) ... His 61 total TDs rank second in club annals behind only RB Priest Holmes (83) ... Has 8,552 career combined net yards, the second-highest total in franchise history behind only WR Dante Hall (10,694) ... Rewrote both the NFL and Chiefs record books with a prolific 2004 campaign when he became the first player in Kansas City history to break the 100-catch barrier … His 102 receptions in 2004 led the league and were the highest seasonal total ever amassed by an NFL tight end … Became just the second player in Chiefs history to lead the NFL in receptions, joining RB MacArthur Lane who did it with 66 catches in ‘76 … One of just three tight ends to pace the league in catches since the AFL-NFL merger in ‘70 along with Kellen Winslow (89 in ‘80) and Todd Christensen (95 in ‘86) ... His 102 catches broke his own single-season franchise record of 93 receptions in 2000 and were the highest total ever assembled by an NFL tight end, breaking Ben Coates’ previous mark of 96 receptions in ‘94 with New England … Produced six 100-yard games in 2004, a feat he also accomplished in 2000, tying as the best seasonal mark by a TE in NFL history and tying three other players for the best single-season total in team history … Currently is tied for second in KC annals with WR Carlos Carson with 18 100-yard receiving games, a figure topped by only Taylor (19) ... Ranks fourth among NFL tight ends in career 100-yard contests, trailing only Winslow (24), Smith (22) and Sharpe (19) ... His 1,258 receiving yards in 2004 were the second-highest tally ever assembled by a tight end in NFL ledgers, coming just 32 yards shy of the 1,290 yards accumulated by Winslow in ‘80 … His 2004 yardage tally also ranked as the fourth-best seasonal figure in Chiefs history … Owns six career games with double-digit receptions, the most of any player in franchise annals … Capped off the 2004 campaign with a 14-catch effort at San Diego (1/2/05), the second-best single-game performance by an NFL tight end. Those 14 receptions surpassed the previous Chiefs single-game record of 12 catches set by RB Ed Podolak vs. Denver (10/7/73) ... Has seen action in a total of 158 regular season NFL contests (142 starts) and is one of 34 players in team history to start at least 100 contests … Has played through a myriad of injuries, including a stress fracture in his left foot, but has missed just two regular season games during his prolific NFL career … Sat out the ‘99 season opener at Chicago (9/12/99) due to a preseason knee injury … Also missed a starting assignment vs. Oakland (11/19/06) after suffering a left shoulder sprain at Miami (11/12/06), an injury that was expected to keep him out multiple weeks. Returned only 11 days after the injury to open a contest vs. Denver (11/23/06) in the first-ever Thanksgiving Night game at Arrowhead Stadium … Had started 120 consecutive games, tying C Tim Grunhard for the fourth-longest streak in team history before missing the game vs. Oakland (11/19/06) ... Enters the 2007 campaign owning a franchise-record string of 99 consecutive games with a reception, tying TE Frank Wycheck for the second-longest streak by a tight end in NFL history … Should he catch a pass in the first game of the season, he would join Newsome (150) as just the second tight end in NFL annals with a receiving streak of 100 games or more … Owns at least one catch in 143 of his last 144 regular season outings. The last time he was held without a catch was at San Diego (11/26/00) ... Lines up in a variety of different formations for the club, starting on the line of scrimmage, split out and even in the backfield … Poses match-up problems for defensive backs and linebackers alike with his combination of speed, size and athleticism … Can stretch a defense vertically with his speed, but also takes great pride in his blocking skills … Endowed with outstanding leaping ability, which, combined with an amazingly flexible six-foot, four-inch frame, permits him to stretch out to make some sensational snags … Credits many of his moves on the gridiron to his basketball background, which included a stint on Cal’s ‘97 “Sweet 16” NCAA Tournament team during his collegiate career … Typically celebrates TD receptions by emphatically slam-dunking the pigskin over the crossbar … Became the first Pro Bowl tight end in Chiefs history following the ‘99 season and has earned a spot in that game for eight consecutive years … Was a consensus first-team All-Pro selection from 1999-01 and in 2003 … Possesses an unquenchable thirst to be considered the very best at his position, which helps explain his relentless work ethic … Takes extra repetitions after practice and is almost always the last member of the squad off the field … Has recorded 721 receptions for 8,710 yards (12.1 avg.) with 61 TDs and a long reception of 73 yards … Attempted one pass for a 40-yard completion and has rushed two times for 14 yards … Recovered an onside kick in ‘98 and blocked a punt in ‘97 … Owns three career postseason appearances (two starts), getting 11 catches for 106 yards (9.6 avg.) with two TDs … His 721 career receptions rank eighth among players who were active in 2006 and are 24th all-time in league annals … Needs just 79 more catches to become the 18th player in league history with 800 or more receptions … Has caught his 61 career TDs courtesy of four QBs: Trent Green (34), Elvis Grbac (23), Damon Huard (three) and Rich Gannon (one) ... Owns two separate streaks of four straight games with a TD catch, both of which are just one game shy of the team record of five … Currently ranks fifth on the franchise’s career scoring list with 372 points … Dating back to ‘90, no Chiefs player owns more receptions of 20+ yards than Gonzalez (106) ... Has amassed a club-record nine straight seasons with 50+ catches, breaking Sharpe’s previous NFL record for tight ends of seven consecutive seasons … Has caught 60+ passes for eight straight years, a streak that is also the longest by any tight end in league history … Has recorded 70 or more receptions in four consecutive seasons to tie TE Todd Christensen for the most by a tight end in NFL history … Gonzalez’s stats from his first 10 NFL seasons stack up very favorably against the seven tight ends currently enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Charlie Sanders, Jackie Smith, Mike Ditka, John Mackey, Ozzie Newsome, Kellen Winslow and Dave Casper) ... Gonzalez already has more receptions, receiving yards and TDs than all of those Hall of Fame enshrinees except Winslow … Based on career per-game averages, Winslow is the only Hall of Fame tight end with better overall marks than Gonzalez. In 109 career regular season contests, Winslow averaged 5.0 catches, 61.8 yards, 12.5 yards-per-catch and 0.41 TDs per game. In 158 career regular season games, Gonzalez has averaged 4.6 catches, 55.1 yards, 12.1 yards per catch and 0.39 TDs per game … Bypassed Chiefs Hall of Fame inductee Fred Arbanas (198 receptions for 3,101 yards) as the most prolific tight end in franchise history in 2001 … His 173 catches in 2003-04 were the highest two-year tally of any player in Chiefs annals … No player in Kansas City history reached the 300-catch plateau quicker than Gonzalez, who got there in 71 games, breaking the previous standard of 76 set by E Chris Burford … Registered his 500th career reception in his 118th game, the second-fastest pace by a tight end in NFL history. Only Winslow (101 games) did it faster … Only four other Chiefs players (Burford, Taylor, Stephone Paige and Fred Arbanas) amassed 25 TD receptions quicker than Gonzalez, who did it in his 66th career game … Racked up 20 TD catches from ‘99-00, a two-year mark topped in team history only by the total of 21 amassed by Burford (’62-63) and Paige (’85-86) ... Firmly established himself as the league’s finest tight end with a spectacular ‘99 campaign which saw him catch 76 passes for 849 yards in 15 games, totals which ranked higher than any player at his position in the NFL that year … Moved into the starting lineup in ‘98 after an impressive rookie campaign in ‘97 … Received the club’s prestigious Mack Lee Hill Award bestowed annually to Kansas City’s top rookie or first-year player after compiling 33 catches for 368 yards and two TDs during his initial pro season.
Transactions: Signed a five-year contract extension with Kansas City (1/12/07) ... Signed a seven-year contract with Kansas City (9/13/02) ... Signed one-year Exclusive Franchise Tender with Kansas City (8/30/02) ... Designated as the Franchise Player by Kansas City (2/21/02) ... Signed a six-year contract with Kansas City (7/29/97) ... The Chiefs moved up five spots in the first round of the ‘97 NFL Draft to select Gonzalez with the 13th overall selection in a draft-day trade with Houston. The Chiefs obtained the Oilers first-round pick (13th overall - used on Gonzalez) and their fourth-round pick (110th overall - used on QB Pat Barnes) in exchange for Kansas City’s original first-round selection (18th overall - used on DE Kenny Holmes), a third-round pick (81st overall - used on T Scott Sanderson), a fourth-round pick (116th overall - subsequently traded by Houston to New Orleans) and a sixth-round selection (181st overall - used on LB Dennis Stallings) ... Declared for the draft following his junior season.
Started 15 games at TE … Was inactive for one contest … Recorded 73 receptions for a team-high 900 yards (12.3 avg.) with five TDs … Named to his eighth consecutive Pro Bowl … His eight Pro Bowl appearances are tied with TE Shannon Sharpe for the most by a tight end in NFL history … Named second-team All-Pro by AP … Tied for second in the NFL among TEs with 73 catches and was second among NFL TEs with 900 receiving yards … His 27 third-down receptions were fifth in the AFC and seventh in the NFL … Was fourth in the AFC among TEs and tied for eighth in the NFL among TEs with nine receptions of 20+ yards … His five TD catches tied for third among AFC TEs and tied for seventh among NFL TEs … Produced 10 catches for 81 yards with a nine-yard TD vs. Cincinnati (9/10). Caught his 57th career TD pass to tie WR Otis Taylor for the most TD receptions in Chiefs history. Produced 10 receptions, marking the sixth 10-catch game of his career … Registered two receptions for seven yards at Denver (9/17) in his 113th consecutive start to pass DB Jim Kearney (112) for the fifth-longest streak in club history … Produced five catches for 59 yards vs. San Francisco (10/1). Moved into third on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage chart for tight ends with 7,957 yards and second with 665 receptions … Caught one pass for 25 yards at Arizona (10/8), climbing into second all-time in NFL history for TEs with 7,982 receiving yards, bypassing Ozzie Newsome (7,980) ... Posted six receptions for 138 yards vs. San Diego (10/22). His 138 receiving yards were the fourth-highest total of his career and his 16th career 100-yard receiving game … Caught six passes for 116 yards and added a two-point conversion catch from QB Damon Huard vs. Seattle (10/29). The game marked his 91st consecutive contest with a reception, bypassing TE Mickey Shuler for the third-longest streak by a TE in NFL history. It marked the first time he had produced back-to-back 100-yard receiving contests since the final two games of the 2004 campaign … Recorded five receptions for 63 yards with two TDs at St. Louis (11/5). Caught a three-yard TD pass from Huard in the second quarter to bypass Taylor (57) for the most career TD receptions in team history. Added a 25-yard TD catch from Huard in the second quarter to bypass RB Abner Haynes (58) for the third-most total career TDs in club annals. Recorded his 8,328th yard from scrimmage to bypass RB Priest Holmes (8,265) for first in team history … Caught six passes for 84 yards before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a left shoulder sprain at Miami (11/12). The game marked his 93rd consecutive contest with a reception, the longest streak in Chiefs history and the third-longest streak by a TE in NFL history. It was also his 120th consecutive start, tying C Tim Grunhard for the fourth-longest streak in club history … Was inactive vs. Oakland (11/19) with a left shoulder sprain suffered at Miami (11/12), ending his streak of 120 consecutive starts … Caught nine passes for 105 yards with two TDs at Cleveland (12/3), marking his 12th career game with two or more TDs. Caught his 61st career TD pass to move past TE Jerry Smith (60) for the second-most TD receptions by a TE in NFL history. His 61 total TDs bypassed Taylor (60) for second in team history … Produced six receptions for 53 yards at San Diego (12/17) ... Caught five passes for 67 yards at Oakland (12/23) ... Recorded two receptions for 21 yards vs. Jacksonville (12/31). It marked his 99th consecutive game with a catch to tie TE Frank Wycheck for the second-longest streak by a tight end in NFL history … Produced four receptions for 25 yards with a six-yard TD in an AFC Wild Card Game at Indianapolis (1/6/07).
Started 16 games at TE for the sixth straight season and was selected to his seventh consecutive Pro Bowl … Was first on the team with 78 receptions for 905 yards (11.6 avg.) with two TDs … His 78 catches and 905 receiving yards were second in the NFL among TEs … Became the fourth TE in NFL history to top the 7,000-yard barrier at Oakland (9/18) ... Made his 100th consecutive start vs. Washington (10/16) ... Registered seven catches for 97 yards with a 16-yard TD at San Diego (10/30). It was his 55th career, surpassing Wesley Walls (54) for the third-highest TD tally by a tight end in NFL history … Caught eight passes for 81 yards at Buffalo (11/13), bypassing WR Otis Taylor (7,281) for the most receiving yards in Chiefs history on a 13-yard reception from QB Trent Green in the third quarter … Recorded nine catches for a season-high 98 yards at Houston (11/20), becoming the first tight end in NFL history to register eight consecutive seasons with 50 or more catches, breaking the previous mark of seven straight 50-catch campaigns set by Shannon Sharpe (’92-98) ... Caught a 25-yard TD pass vs. Denver (12/4), his 56th career TD reception to bypass E Chris Burford (55) for second in team history … Recorded five receptions for 59 yards vs. Cincinnati (1/1/06), marking his 84th consecutive game with a reception to overtake WR Stephone Paige for the longest receiving streak in Chiefs history.
Started 16 games at TE and was selected to his sixth straight Pro Bowl … Earned second-team All-Pro honors from AP … Led the team with a single-season franchise record 102 receptions for 1,258 yards (12.3 avg.) with seven receiving TDs … His 102 catches were the most in a season by a tight end in NFL history … Led all NFL pass catchers with 102 catches, becoming the first member of the Chiefs to hold that distinction since RB MacArthur Lane did it with 66 catches in ‘76 … Was the first TE since Todd Christensen (’86) to lead the NFL in receiving and just the third TE since the AFL-NFL merger to accomplish that feat … His 1,258 receiving yards led all NFL TEs and were the second-highest single-season total by a tight end in NFL history … Finished second in the AFC and seventh overall in the NFL with 1,258 yards … His 1,258 receiving yards were the best single-season total by a TE and the fourth-best overall mark in Chiefs annals … Had six 100-yard receiving days, tying his own NFL record for TEs and his Chiefs single-season record originally established in 2000 … Those six 100-yard receiving days also tied for third in the NFL in 2004 … Was first among NFL TEs with 19 receptions of 20+ yards … Produced a team-high eight catches for 106 yards with a 14-yard TD vs. Houston (9/26) ... Made his 100th career start at Jacksonville (10/17) ... Registered a team-high eight receptions for 125 yards with two TDs vs. Indianapolis (10/31), his eighth career multi-TD game. Caught his 500th career pass on a 15-yard throw from QB Trent Green in the third quarter to become the fifth tight end in NFL history with 500 career receptions. Accomplished the feat in his 118th game, the second-quickest among TEs all-time behind only Kellen Winslow (101) ... Caught a team-high nine passes for 123 yards with one TD at Tampa Bay (11/7), his second straight 100-yard receiving game … Produced a team-high seven catches for 86 yards vs. New England (11/22), bypassing WR Carlos Carson (6,360) for third place in Chiefs history in receiving yards and moving ahead of TE Steve Jordan (6,307) for fifth in NFL history for career receiving yards by a tight end … Caught eight passes for 105 yards vs. San Diego (11/28). It was his 13th career 100-yard receiving day, moving him into third place in Chiefs history … Produced seven catches for 76 yards at Tennessee (12/13), moving ahead of Winslow (541) for the third-highest reception total by a TE in NFL history. Also bypassed WR Henry Marshall (6,545) for second on KC’s all-time receiving yards chart … Hauled in 25 passes during the last two games for the most receptions in consecutive games in Chiefs history … Registered 11 catches for 124 yards with two TDs vs. Oakland (12/25). Became the third player in Chiefs history and the fifth TE in NFL history with multiple 1,000-yard receiving seasons … Set a Chiefs single-game record for receptions with a career-high 14 catches for 144 yards at San Diego (1/2/05). That reception tally tied as the second-highest mark by a tight end in NFL history, coming one catch shy of the record of 15 established by Winslow at Green Bay (10/7/84). His 11 receptions in the second half were the highest total ever amassed in a single half by a member of the Chiefs. Registered his 94th catch of the season on a seven-yard pass from Green in the third quarter, breaking his total of 93 in 2000 for the highest seasonal total in Chiefs history. Recorded his 97th reception of the season on a five-yard pass in the fourth quarter to surpass New England’s Ben Coates (96 in ‘94) for most catches by a TE in a season in NFL history.
Started 16 games at TE and was selected to his fifth straight Pro Bowl … Was a consensus All-Pro selection … Had 71 catches for a team-high 916 yards (12.9 avg.) with 10 TDs … His 916 receiving yards led all NFL TEs and ranked eighth overall in the AFC … Was first among NFL TEs with 71 receptions … Ranked second among NFL TEs with a 12.9 yards-per-catch average among TEs with 40 catches … His 10 TD catches were the most among TEs while he tied for eighth overall in the AFC with 60 points … Had 14 receptions of 20+ yards to rank first among all NFL TEs … Hauled in his 10 TDs during the club’s last 13 games … Caught 13 passes for 111 yards (8.5 avg.) with seven TDs in the Red Zone to tie for first in the NFL … Joined RB Priest Holmes, WR Eddie Kennison and WR Johnnie Morton to form the first foursome in Chiefs history with 50+ receptions and 600+ receiving yards … His 10 TD catches tied as the fifth-highest single-season total in team history … Recorded career catch number 400 on a four-yard reception from QB Trent Green in the fourth quarter vs. Pittsburgh (9/14), becoming only the third player in team history to reach that plateau … Saw duty in his 100th career NFL game vs. Denver (10/5) ... Recorded four receptions for 121 yards with one TD at Green Bay (10/12). Caught his 411th career pass to move ahead of WR Otis Taylor (410) into second place in Chiefs history on a 26-yard TD reception from Green in the first quarter … Recorded his 417th career catch to bypass WR Henry Marshall (416) as the Chiefs all-time receiver on a 24-yard pass from Green in the third quarter at Oakland (10/20). Gained his 5,000th receiving yard to become only the sixth player in Chiefs annals and the 23rd tight end in NFL history to reach the 5,000-yard plateau. Also bypassed WR Derrick Alexander (64) for the most 20+ yard catches in team history since the team began tracking that stat in ‘90 … Recorded a season-high seven catches for 70 yards with a 14-yard TD reception vs. Cleveland (11/9) ... Caught a team-high seven passes for 86 yards with a 12-yard TD at Cincinnati (11/16) ... Marked his 47th consecutive game with a catch vs. Oakland (11/23), passing RB Ed Podolak for the second-longest streak in team history … Produced two TDs at San Diego (11/30) ... Registered his seventh career multi-TD game vs. Detroit (12/14) ... Started an AFC Divisional Playoff Game vs. Indianapolis (1/11/04), setting postseason career highs with four catches for 55 yards.
Started all 16 games at TE for the third consecutive season and was selected to his fourth straight Pro Bowl … Recorded 63 catches for 773 yards (12.3 avg.) with seven TDs … Joined with RB Priest Holmes and WR Eddie Kennison to form the first trio of players in team history with 50+ catches and 500+ receiving yards in the same season … Ranked second among AFC TEs and third among NFL TEs with 773 receiving yards … Was third among NFL TEs with 63 receptions … His seven TD catches tied for the most by a tight end in the NFL in 2002 … Signed on August 30th after missing all of training camp and the entire preseason schedule … Caught seven passes for 140 yards with a career-high three TDs vs. Miami (9/29) to become the first player in Chiefs annals to collect three TD catches in a game since WR Sylvester Morris did it vs. San Diego (9/17/00) ... Had four catches for 74 yards with a 23-yard TD vs. Arizona (12/1) to move by Stephone Paige (377) for fourth in Chiefs history with 378 career catches … Bypassed E Chris Burford (391) for third place on the Chiefs career receiving chart with a four-yard reception in the third quarter vs. San Diego (12/22).
Started all 16 games, leading the team with 73 receptions for 917 yards (12.6 avg.) and six TDs … Selected as a starter in his third consecutive Pro Bowl, although he did not play in the game due to a knee injury … Was a consensus All-Pro and All-AFC pick for the third consecutive year … Became the first player since FB Kimble Anders (’94-96) to lead the team in receiving three consecutive seasons … His 73 catches tied Baltimore’s Shannon Sharpe for the NFL lead among TEs, while his 917 receiving yards led all players at his position … Also completed a pass for 40 yards and added a rush for nine yards … Grabbed a team-high five passes for 81 yards vs. Oakland (9/9), bypassing Fred Arbanas (3,101) for the most receiving yards by a TE in Chiefs history on a 15-yard reception in the fourth quarter … Caught a season-best eight passes for 129 yards at Denver (10/7), one of just four 100-yard games by an NFL tight end in 2001. Made a spectacular 35-yard reception while literally sitting on the ground along the sideline after it had bounced off of two Broncos defenders … Caught a two-point conversion from QB Trent Green vs. Pittsburgh (10/14) ... Completed his first NFL pass for 40 yards to fellow TE Mikhael Ricks to set up a TD at San Diego (11/4). With a 14-yard catch in the third quarter he became the fastest Chief to reach the 300-catch plateau (E Chris Burford - 76 games) and the second-fastest TE in NFL history (Kellen Winslow - 57 games) to reach that milestone in only his 71st game … Tied a season high with eight receptions for 78 yards at Jacksonville (12/30) and tied a career high with two TDs (one and 12 yards) ... Suffered an injury to the MCL of his left knee on a “Hail Mary” play at the end of the first half at Seattle (1/6/02) and did not return.
Started 16 games, catching 93 passes for 1,203 yards (12.9 avg.) and nine TDs … Earned a second straight Pro Bowl berth and was a consensus All-Pro and All-AFC selection … Also garnered a spot on the Phil Simms All-Iron Team … Those 93 catches were the fourth-highest total by a TE in NFL history, while his 1,203 receiving yards were the fifth-highest single-season total in league annals by a player at his position … Became the first player other than a RB to lead the team in receptions in consecutive seasons since WR Stephone Paige did it in ‘89-90 … Led all NFL TEs in receptions, yards and TDs … Ranked sixth in the AFC and 10th in the NFL in receptions … Paired with WR Derrick Alexander to form the first duo of Kansas City pass catchers to each amass over 1,000 yards in a season as Alexander established a franchise record with 1,391 aerial yards … Combined with Alexander to total 171 catches for 2,594 yards, both single-season team records for a receiving tandem, breaking the previous marks held by WR Andre Rison and FB Kimble Anders (131 receptions in ‘97) and WRs Carlos Carson and Henry Marshall (2,139 yards in ‘83) ... Had three games with 10 or more catches in 2000, breaking E Chris Burford’s previous club standard of two 10-catch contests in ‘63 … Was one of just five NFL players and the only TE to top the 10-catch plateau three times in 2000 … He and Alexander each had six 100-yard games that season, meaning the only other pair of NFL teammates to each have six individual 100-yard outings were Randy Moss (eight) and Cris Carter (six) of the Vikings. He and Alexander also became the first duo in team history to each have four or more 100-yard outings in a single year … Had 13 catches of 20+ yards, the most of any NFL TE on the season … Produced 10 receptions for 127 yards with a 15-yard TD at Denver (9/24). That contest marked his first 10-catch game and his initial 100-yard outing … Caught seven passes for 100 yards with a 14-yard TD vs. Oakland (10/15) ... Grabbed five passes for 117 yards with a nine-yard TD vs. St. Louis (10/22). It was his fourth straight game with a TD, just one game shy of the team record of five shared by Burford (’62) and Taylor (’66). It was also the first back-to-back 100-yard games by an NFL TE since Shannon Sharpe did it in ‘96. Eclipsed the club’s career mark for receptions by a TE (Fred Arbanas - 198) with a 14-yard pass in the third quarter, as well. Also reached the 200-catch plateau on a 30-yard pass in the third quarter, a milestone which came in his 54th NFL game, making him the second-quickest Chief to reach the milestone (Burford - 52 games) ... Had a 101-yard outing at Seattle (10/29) ... Became the first TE in NFL history to record four consecutive 100-yard receiving games when he caught nine passes for 134 yards at Oakland (11/5) ... Had two TDs vs. Buffalo (11/19) ... Had a streak of 44 consecutive games with a reception dating back to a game vs. Oakland (12/7/97) snapped at San Diego (11/26) ... Set a career-high for receiving yards with a 11-catch, 147-yard outburst which included a four-yard TD in a MNF contest at New England (12/4). Set an NFL record for TEs and tied a club mark with his sixth 100-yard game of the season … Surpassed Carson’s club record of 80 receptions (’83) with a 14-yard catch vs. Carolina (12/10). Finished the day with 10 catches for 96 yards and a six-yard TD, his third double-digit reception game of the year, becoming the only player in franchise annals to produce double-digit receptions in back-to-back games.
Started 15 games at TE, leading the team with 76 catches for 849 yards and 11 TDs … Became the first Chiefs tight end to make a Pro Bowl appearance and was also a consensus first-team All-Pro selection … Was the first Kansas City TE to lead the club in catches since Walter White had 48 in ‘77 … Among AFC pass catchers, only WR Marvin Harrison (12) had more TDs than Gonzalez (11), the most ever assembled by a Kansas City tight end. Those 11 TDs tied as the second-highest total in team history, trailing only Burford’s 12 scoring catches in ‘62 … Had a TD catch in four straight contests in ‘99, coming one game shy of the team record of five consecutive games with a TD reception shared by E Chris Burford and WR Otis Taylor … Missed his first NFL contest when he was inactive on Opening Day at Chicago (9/12) due to a knee injury suffered in the preseason at Jacksonville (8/26) ... Eclipsed the career 1,000-yard receiving mark on a 20-yard catch vs. Denver (9/19) ... Got his 100th career reception vs. Detroit (9/26) ... Posted the first two-TD game of his career with 11 and 22-yard scoring grabs at Baltimore (10/21) ... Produced a career-long 73-yard TD catch at Oakland (11/28) ... Recorded two TDs vs. Minnesota (12/12) ... Registered a season-high 93 yards and two TDs vs. Pittsburgh (12/18) ... Posted a season-high nine catches for 86 yards at Seattle (12/26).
Started all 16 contests, ranking second on the club with 59 catches for 621 yards (10.5 avg.) and two TDs … Hauled in three passes for 47 yards, including a 31-yard snag in his first career start vs. Oakland (9/6) ... Had a season-high seven receptions for 67 yards at Jacksonville (9/13) ... Had a season-long 32-yard reception at San Diego (11/22) ... Caught five passes for a team-high 65 yards vs. Dallas (12/13) ... Snared six passes for 68 yards with a TD at the N.Y. Giants (12/20) ... Caught five passes for a season-high 76 yards at Oakland (12/26), including a 20-yard TD.
Played in all 16 games, collecting 33 catches for 368 yards (11.2 avg.) and two TDs, in addition to a blocked punt on special teams … First pro catch was a 22-yard strike from QB Elvis Grbac at Denver (8/31) ... Made a diving 21-yard TD grab for his inaugural NFL score at Miami (10/5) ... Caught a key two-point conversion in a 28-20 win at St. Louis (10/26) ... Corralled four passes for 56 yards vs. Pittsburgh (11/3), including a spectacular 30-yard grab over the back of LB Levon Kirkland … Helped account for back-to-back TDs vs. San Francisco (11/30). Caught two passes for 19 yards including a two-yard TD reception from Rich Gannon and then blocked a P Tommy Thompson kick on the 49ers ensuing possession, returning the ball to the three-yard-line which set up a RB Marcus Allen TD run on the next play in a 44-9 romp over the 49ers … Caught three passes for 26 yards with a 12-yard TD grab in the third quarter of Kansas City’s AFC Divisional Playoff appearance vs. Denver (1/4/98) after being ruled out of bounds on an apparent three-yard TD catch earlier in the quarter.
Played in 33 games in three seasons at California, catching 89 passes for 1,302 yards (14.6 avg.) with eight touchdowns … Also saw action in 82 career contests (16 starts) as a member of the Cal basketball squad, averaging 6.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game … Flourished under the offense of then-Cal head coach Steve Mariucci as a junior in ‘96 … Played in 12 games, catching 46 receptions for 699 yards (15.9 avg.) and five TDs, earning first-team All-America accolades … A first-team All-Pac 10 Conference selection … His 46 catches tied BYU’s Itula Mili for the best mark among NCAA tight ends, while his 699 receiving yards were the nation’s top mark at that position … On the basketball court, he helped lead Cal to the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Tournament … Played in 28 games (six starts), averaging 6.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game … Started all three of the club’s tourney games in place of injured Pac 10 Player of the Year, Ed Gray and posted a season-high 23 points in Cal’s second-round NCAA tournament win vs. Villanova … Played in all 11 gridiron games as a sophomore, finishing third on the team with 37 receptions for 541 yards (14.6 avg) and two TDs … Played in 28 games (seven starts) as a member of the basketball squad, averaging 5.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game … Appeared in 10 football games as a freshman, catching eight passes for 62 yards with one TD … Played in 26 basketball contests (three starts) as a freshman, averaging 7.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game … Scored a career-high 29 points vs. Washington State … Majored in Communications at Cal.
• Lettered in both football and basketball at Huntington Beach High School in Huntington Beach, California.
• Caught 62 passes for 945 yards and 13 TDs as a senior, earning first-team All-America selection as a tight end and a linebacker.
• Orange County & Sunset League MVP in basketball as he averaged 26.0 ppg and shot 65 percent from the field (234 of 365) in his final year.
• Was named the Co-Orange County High School Athlete of the Year along with Tiger Woods.
• Inducted into the Boys & Girls Club National Hall of Fame in Boston in May of 2006.
• Spent April of 2006 studying Spanish in the Dominican Republic. He previously studied abroad in Costa Rica in 2005 and San Miguel De Allende, Mexico in 2004. The four-week courses entailed six hours of classes each day with a special emphasis on learning the dialect.
• Was invited to the Laureus Sports Awards in Estoril, Portugal in 2006 and 2005.
• Was featured speaking Spanish in a “Fútbol Americano” ad produced by the NFL in 2005.
• Was named the “2004 NFL Good Guy” by The Sporting News for his charitable efforts.
• Authored a book for adolescents in 2005 entitled Catch & Connect, giving practical advice on growing up based on Tony’s experiences.
• Is partners with Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon in “Sutra,” a restaurant in Newport Beach, California.
• Promoted American football on behalf of the NFL in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in April of 2003 and was on hand for a game featuring teams from the Brazilian Carioca League which was aired on ESPN.
• Formed the “Tony Gonzalez Foundation” in ‘98 which supports the Shadow Buddies program, as well as the Boys and Girls Clubs. Shadow Buddies are smiling dolls given to ill individuals - particularly children and the elderly - in order to help speed their recovery. Gonzalez is the only NFL player or athlete of any kind to have his own Shadow Buddy, which comes complete with a Chiefs hospital gown with “Gonzalez #88” on it. Over 25,000 Tony Gonzalez Shadow Buddies have been distributed to date in Missouri, Kansas, California, New York, Texas, Hawaii and internationally, including 3,295 Senior Buddies. Expanded his involvement with Shadow Buddies in 2001 by providing 295 “Know Your Buddy Book” kits to schools, reaching over 219,500 children. This educational program teaches students about the diversity of medical challenges and encourages kids to increase their compassion and understanding of others’ differences. His foundation donated 195 books to Child Life Specialists at pediatric facilities in 2006. He plans to reproduce this book in Spanish later.
• Developed the “Elite 88” program based on his TD catches to benefit the Shadow Buddies program in 2003.
• Spokesman for “Operation Shadow Buddies” in 2003, helping military kids whose parents were participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
• Introduced his “Books and Buddies” program in 2003, to help bridge the gap between teenagers and senior citizens. This program received the Presidential Volunteer Award in 2004.
• Hosts an annual “Shop with a Jock” holiday shopping spree for 75 children.
• “Flipped the switch” for both Kansas City’s Plaza Lights and the Mayor’s Christmas Tree in 2001.
• Served as the Chiefs United Way spokesperson from 2000-02.
• Was the NFL Spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for Breast Cancer in ‘99 and 2000.
• Has served as a spokesperson for the Midwest Organ Donor Bank.
• Served as a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Transportation Safety Campaign and the state of Kansas School Safety Hotline.
• Appeared in a series of “Buckle Up: Football is a Game, Your Life is Not” ads promoting seat belt usage in memory of the late Derrick Thomas.
• Named to Ingram’s prestigious “40 Under 40” list which annually honors Kansas City’s most influential and accomplished leaders under 40 years of age, becoming the youngest individual ever named to that list.
• Named 2000 Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City “Role Model of the Year” as selected by the children.
• Donated 200 flag football uniforms to the Kansas City Boys & Girls Clubs in ‘99 and was instrumental in helping the club receive a $75,000 NFL/LISC grant to construct a flag football field in Kansas City’s Cleveland Park and also provides 10 season tickets for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City.
• Full name: Anthony Gonzalez.
• Single, with a son Nikko (6).
• Splits his time between Kansas City, Missouri and Huntington Beach, California.
Tony Gonzalez in the News
3/3/2008 11:42:23 AM - Tony Gonzalez - Big Give Blog
7/8/2005 3:41:31 AM - CHIEFS SUMMER VACATION WITH TONY GONZALEZ