The Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee announced on Saturday that former Chiefs Tight End Tony Gonzalez will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019.
“On behalf of my family and the entire Chiefs organization, I’d like to congratulate Tony on his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “He was the most prolific tight end in NFL history and certainly one of the best to ever wear a Chiefs uniform. In his 12 seasons in Kansas City, he revolutionized his position and his excellence on the field and his commitment to the community made him one of the most beloved players in Chiefs history. We are thrilled for Tony and his family, and we look forward to celebrating his enshrinement in Canton later this year.”
Over 17 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (1997-08) and Atlanta Falcons (2009-13) Gonzalez appeared in 270 regular season games with 254 starts, earning 14 Pro Bowl appearances (1999-08, 2010-13) and 10 first- or second-team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press.
He finished his career with numerous NFL records for tight ends, including most career receptions (1,325), most receiving yards (15,127), most 100-yard receiving games (31) and second-most touchdown receptions (111) behind TE Antonio Gates (116). While first among tight ends, his 1,325 career receptions are second to only Pro Football Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice (1,549) in NFL history. Gonzalez recorded at least one reception in 211 consecutive games to finish his career, 61 games more than the previous NFL record by a tight end. He became the first tight end in league history to produce 16 consecutive seasons with 50 or more receptions and ended his career with 14 70-catch seasons and 15 consecutive 60-catch campaigns to go with his 16 consecutive 50-catch seasons.
The Huntington Beach, Calif., native, saw duty in 190 regular season games for Kansas City, ranking as the fifth-most appearances by any player in team history. Only G Will Shields (224), P Dustin Colquitt (222), K Nick Lowery (212), and P Jerrel Wilson (203) played in more games. Gonzalez started 174 contests for the Chiefs, ranking second in franchise history for most starts behind only Shields (223).
During his 12 seasons with the Chiefs he set franchise records for receptions (916), receiving yards (10,940), receiving touchdowns (76) and 100-yard games (26). He had four 1,000-yard receiving seasons in Kansas City, becoming the first tight end in NFL history to record four such seasons. He owns four of the top five spots in team history for receptions in a single season. He caught at least one pass in a club-record 131 consecutive games en route to 10 Pro Bowls and five first-team All-Pro selections from the Associated Press while in a Chiefs uniform. He concluded his career in Kansas City with a franchise-record 10,954 yards from scrimmage and ranks second in team annals with 76 total touchdowns behind RB Priest Holmes (83). His 462 career points with the club are the second most by any non-kicker, trailing only Holmes (500). Gonzalez was named the recipient of both Chiefs annual team honors, earning the Derrick Thomas Award as the Chiefs MVP in 2008 and the Mack Lee Hill Award as the club’s top rookie or first-year player in 1997. Gonzalez was inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2018.
A two-sport athlete at the University of California, Gonzalez arrived in Kansas City as the club’s first-round draft choice (13th overall) in 1997. Gonzalez was traded to the Atlanta Falcons on April 23, 2009.
He officially announced his retirement from the game of football on December 30, 2013. Following his playing career he began a broadcasting career with CBS Sports in 2014 and joined FOX Sports prior to the start of the 2017 NFL season.