How Will It End?

He’s accomplished everything possible from an individual standpoint, will Gonzalez finally experience some team success in this postseason? photo:nola.com

Tony Gonzalez, first ballot Hall of Famer, the preeminent tight end of my generation.  Despite all of this it seems as though the man still gets slept on.  Don’t let that statement lead you to believe that I’m slighting those who’ve come before him.  John Mackey, Mike Ditka, Shannon Sharpe, Dave Casper, Ozzie Newsome, Kellen Winslow, Todd Christensen, Brent Jones, Mark Bavaro, and to a lesser degree, and Jay Novacek to name a few have laid a fine foudation for him at the postition.

But just let the numbers roll around in your mind, 1149 receptions, 13,338 yards, 95 touchdowns, 12 Pro Bowls, and he’s been First Team All Pro five times.  He’s only had three seasons where he’s been under 70 catches, his first two seasons in he league, and 2002 where he only went for 63 receptions.  The man has missed only two games, one in 1999, the other in 2006.  The only person he’s looking up at on the receptions list is Jerry Rice.  After Rice, TG has his own layer of atmosphere, not Marvin Harrison, not Cris Carter, or any other legendary wideout.  Tight end Tonly Gonzalez.  How in the world is he being slept on?  Individually, he’s accomplished everything he possibly could during his career.

Maybe it’s just me, but Gonzalez is kind of taken for granted.  We know he’s always going to show up and ball game in and game out year in and year out.  To me, the only thing that’s holding him back or separating him from all the other great tight ends on the list is doing it in the postseason.  Gonzalez has only played in three playoff games in his entire career!  Three!!  In fifteen great years, he’s 0-3 in the playoffs.  All the other guys have concrete signature moments that we can either remember or look at on NFL Films.  They have rings and/or a more extensive distinguished playoff resume’. 

Last year things were set up well for him Atlanta, they had a first round bye just like his ’03 Chiefs, one of the few good Kansas City teams he played on.  They were bounced by Aaron Rodgers, one and done, just like “03, when the Colts slammed the door on a potentially great playoff run.  Can he team up with Matt Ryan, also winless in the playoffs, and get a win in New York Sunday?  I think the Giants, who are just glad to get in, play well now that they are in and make Tony’s most recent visit to the playoffs another short one.  For Tony’s sake, I hope I’m wrong.

As for the rest of the games, I think the Saints get the Lions, the Texans find a way to beat the Bengals, and the Steelers handle Denver (more on that later).

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My name is Vinny Hardy. I am a freelance sports blogging correspondent for the John Boy & Billy Big Show. I'm from Lynch Kentucky. I currently live in Morristown, Tennessee. My wife Katie and I have been married for 10 years and we have a 3 year old son, Micah. I would like to thank Will West of WNML in Knoxville for urging me to start blogging and the Big Show's very own Terry Hanson for his unbelievable mentoring and support. Without him absolutely none of this is possible. I hope you enjoy the blog. The articles can also be seen on theisn.net, check out that site too. Leave a comment and definitely come back regularly and see what's new.