Kansas City Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt announced on Friday that former tight end and future Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez will be the organization’s 2018 inductee into the Chiefs Hall of Fame. Gonzalez is the 48th individual and 44th player to earn this coveted honor, which will be celebrated at the 48th annual 101 Awards banquet in downtown Kansas City on February 24. The official enshrinement ceremony into the Chiefs Hall of Fame will be held during Chiefs Alumni Weekend at Arrowhead Stadium this fall.
“Tony Gonzalez is the greatest tight end in the history of the National Football League and one of the greatest Chiefs of all time,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “In his 12 seasons in Kansas City, he revolutionized his position, and his record-breaking performances and commitment to the Kansas City community made him one of the most beloved players in the Chiefs Kingdom. As a family and as an organization, we are excited to have the chance to celebrate Tony and his incredible career in the coming season, and we look forward to adding his name to its rightful place in the Ring of Honor at Arrowhead this fall.”
“I’m so proud to have been a part of the Chiefs for 12 seasons and will always feel like a part of their family,” Gonzalez said. “Kansas City is dear to me and I am honored to be inducted into their Hall of Fame.”
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 (114). 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), K Nick Lowery (212), P Dustin Colquitt (206) 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 the top four spots in team history for receptions in a single season, including a franchise record 102 catches that led the league during the 2004 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.
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.
Gonzalez 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.
Look back at some of the best shots of TE Tony Gonzalez throughout his years with the Chiefs.