Posted: 8:14 am Friday, January 24th, 2014

Tony Gonzalez ready for one last game 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

NFL, football, pro bowl, practice, honolulu, hawaii

NFL Pro Bowl players from Team Rice gather on the line of scrimmage during an NFL Pro Bowl practice on Earhart Field at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam sponsored by the USAA in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Aaron M. Sprecher / AP)

Our pal Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer is out there surfing with the Pro Bowlers in Honolulu.

He had two nuggets of interest to Falcons fans. One on Tony Gonzalez and the other on potential free agent defensive end Greg Hardy.

Gonzalez, who was the first alternate at tight end, was added to replace San Francisco’s Vernon Davis.

He’s elated to play one more game.

“To be able to come out here the last game, it’s great. I wasn’t anticipating this,” Gonzalez told the Charlotte Observer. “I really thought the last game of the season we played against the Carolina Panthers, I thought that was going to be the last time I put on the helmet and shoulder pads. I’m very blessed to be chosen to come over here and I’m going to have a good time.”

Gonzalez will play on alumni captain Jerry Rice’s team, which is being led by Carolina coach Ron Rivera.

“Tony’s been great for this league for so many years,” Rivera said. “It’s kind of neat to see his Pro Bowl jersey as they were putting it together. I think there’s 13 stars for each Pro Bowl he’s been in. It was really impressive to see his nametag with all those starts next to it.”

The Panthers are in a similar situation that the Falcons were in last season. They want to pay their quarterback and may have to lose some players in the process.

Person also notes that the Panthers could slap the franchise tag on Greg Hardy.

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11 comments
SeenThatB4
SeenThatB4

The unjust thing about this is that the NFL assigned a marginal falcan't player to the Pro Bowl.  It's what the player did this year that should qualify him for this year's Pro Bowl, not what he did 12 years ago.  Juat a farce.

DASDGUY
DASDGUY

I bet the little women ripped him a new one when he got back to california.  :)

JacketMan
JacketMan

While he may seem to be a great athlete, he proved to be a HIGH risk when he had identical two run ins with the law within a very short time, meaning first, he has no respect for authority, and second, the fact that he was speeding so fast, there is a potential he could be in a serious accident that could end his career prematurely and this would be a wasted high pick.

Camaro-Bob
Camaro-Bob

What a shelfish palyer tryin 2 squeze 1 more pay chex form the Flaocns. 

FalconJames
FalconJames

That's awesome. Glad to have the chance to see him play even if its in a pretend game. 


DASDGUY
DASDGUY

TG will change his mind after Pro Bowl.  You'll see.

Go Falcons !!

birdrow
birdrow

@SeenThatB4 So has your tired and worn out old lady.  From the 7 other Baby-Daddys before you.

zuzu331
zuzu331

@SeenThatB4 Marginal? He's one of the best TEs to ever play the game.

Who Dat watching the playoffs and Superbowl FROM HOME?

Dman
Dman

Beast Mode... ;)

Jetiredo
Jetiredo

@SeenThatB4 83 receptions 8 TDs 859 yards its not like Tony Gonzalez put up some marginal TE numbers.