Tony Gonzalez has only been retired for a matter of months but the former Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons star may well be thinking about a return to the National Football League.
The tight end walked away from football at the end of the 2013 season, his last game coming against the Carolina Panthers, but in an interview with Newsday the 38-year old has admitted to a definite temptation of making a pro football return.
Gonzalez was still was performing at a high level, making the Pro Bowl team in his final season, when he announced his retirement from the Falcons after 17 years as one of the best tight ends in football.
But that marvellous career was always missing one thing, a SuperBowl ring. So would Gonzalez consider coming back for a big contender?
“The temptation would be there, but I don’t know what the gain would be,” he said. “I’ve always wanted a ring. That’s been my main goal as a player over the last 15 years of my career. You’re really trying to get that ultimate goal.
“But I’d be a mercenary to come in and get a Super Bowl ring, play with a team for, what, six, seven weeks? And even if I got the ring, it wouldn’t be the same as going through the fight with the team from the beginning to the end. I don’t think that will happen. The temptation will be there, but I’m 100- percent happy with my decision.
“I was able to walk away from the game on my own terms. Not a lot of players get a chance to do that. I’m very fortunate to do that. I wouldn’t want to go back on that good luck.”
So Gonzalez is happily retired in his own words, but so was Brett Favre at one time or another. If that itch to return gets bigger then a different conversation will have to be had by those in the Gonzalez household.
But then again, maybe the California native retired at exactly the right time, what with his infamous Touchdown Dunk celebration - now carried on by Jimmy Graham - being banned by the NFL.