Tony Gonzalez announced his Super goal on his first full day as a member of the Atlanta Falcons.
“I’m here for one reason, and that’s to win the Super Bowl,” the All-Pro tight end said Friday. “I haven’t won a playoff game in my whole career. I want to come here, go to the playoffs and win playoff games. I want to go to the Super Bowl and win the Super Bowl. “
Acquired in a trade Thursday from Kansas City, Gonzalez reiterated that he will always keep the Chiefs first in his heart, but the five-time All-Pro quickly acknowledged that Atlanta offered him a better chance to compete for a championship.
“The feeling is mutual,” Gonzalez said. “Kansas City is where I grew up. I’d just turned 21 when I got there. The last 12 years, it’s just been great. I’m going to miss it, but I’m looking forward to being a part of what’s happening here.”
Atlanta, which last year had a rookie quarterback in Matt Ryan, a first-time head coach in Mike Smith and a first-time general manager in Thomas Dimitroff, is coming off an 11-6 season that ended with a wild-card loss at Arizona.
Meanwhile, Kansas City finished 2-14, lost founding owner Lamar Hunt to cancer, accepted the abrupt resignation of longtime GM Carl Peterson and fired coach Herman Edwards.
Todd Haley, the new Chiefs coach whom Gonzalez never played for, called last weekend while the tight end was vacationing with his wife in New York City. Haley was relaying the message from new general manager Scott Pioli, once Dimitroff’s boss, that the Falcons had agreed to trade Kansas City a 2010 second-round pick.
On the field, Gonzalez’s production and durability are impressive. Yes, his 96 receptions covered 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns last year. And he’s the league’s career leader among tight ends with 916 catches, 10,940 yards receiving, 76 TDs receiving and 26 games of at least 100 yards receiving.
“He’s only missed two games in his entire career,” Smith said. “The only other stat I think that’s amazing is that he’s had just one lost fumble in his career. That happened in his second season.”