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Gonzalez miffed

Chiefs tight end wanted to set record at home

September 30, 2008

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— A disappointed Tony Gonzalez wants to know why Kansas City coaches refused to throw a pass his way in the final minutes Sunday, leaving him three yards short of the career tight end receiving record.

Gonzalez did have a 10-yard touchdown catch in a 33-19 victory over Denver that snapped the Chiefs' 12-game losing streak. But he wanted to set the receiving record in front of family and fans at Arrowhead Stadium.

"I had my family out there. I wanted to do it in front of the fans, in a home game," Gonzalez said. "It would have been a great way to do it. I'm disappointed by that, for whatever reason my number wasn't called at times."

Coach Herm Edwards said the Chiefs did not want to take a chance by throwing the ball with only a short time left in what turned into a 33-19 victory.

Now Gonzalez will probably get the record this week at Carolina, far from the fans who chanted "Ton-Y, Ton-Y" when he lay on the ground, the wind knocked out of him, after making the TD catch.

"It was really endearing, the way the fans were supporting me like that," he said. "My wife almost started crying. It was a goose-bump situation."

Comments

geniusmannumber1 6 years, 7 months ago

Here's a nice devolving hierarchy of commenting:1. coach_eric - well thought out comment2. ese - not as well thought out, but vaguely humorous3. consumer1 - not at all thought out, or humorous

Eric Neuteboom 6 years, 7 months ago

This is why the Chiefs are losers. Instead of focusing on team goals, one of their leaders is focused on padding his individual resume. Be happy, you won the game. With an attitude like that, no wonder you're 1 and 11 in your last 12 games.

Eric Neuteboom 6 years, 7 months ago

Obviously I'll have to disagree, logic. Tony dressed early, and left early, because he was upset about not setting the record on his terms. Nevermind that he dropped the - what would have led to - record setting ball earlier in the game. As soon as you begin to cater to the whims of players for statistical achievements you lose focus on developing a talented - and focused - core of players. Teaching them how to win by pounding the ball and killing the clock is significantly more important than a record. For an example of the selflessness required to be an NFL player, check JoePo's article about Dave Hampton:- http://joeposnanski.com/JoeBlog/2008/09/21/the-remarkable-saga-of-dave-hampton/Also, in response to your comment "Gonzalez has been with this team through ups and downs and has never demanded a trade or even so much as acted disgruntled." Don't you remember when he was threatening to play basketball to leverage himself for a new contract? The point is, this was a selfish thing for him to do. By all accounts, he seems like a fine guy. But I don't know him, I only base my judgments on what I read of and about him. And this particular incident left a sour taste in my mouth.

Eric Neuteboom 6 years, 7 months ago

Hey, thanks genius! And yes, quin, you're dead on about Herm and Carl. At least one needs to go, and yesterday!These situations have always bugged me. I can't stand it when teams or players interrupt games to celebrate accomplishments, regardless of the sport. The accolades are nice, but you ask any player, the rings are what endure. Sadly, Tony will need to leave KC to come close to a ring.

mightyquin 6 years, 7 months ago

Lay off Tony, he just wanted to set the record in front of his family. He is probably the nicest guy on the team and he never whines about not getting enough touvhes or complains about the team. Coach Eric! You can lay the blame for their horrible record over the last three games on the Edwards and Peterson!

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