Kansas City, Mo. Atlanta-bound tight end Tony Gonzalez bid Kansas City farewell Tuesday and promised that if he ever goes into the Hall of Fame, it will be as a Chief.
“The only regrets I have are things I didn’t do,” said Gonzalez, a 10-time Pro Bowl selection. “I really wish I could have been a part of something more special. I wanted to be a part of bringing a championship to this city.
“I’m going to go on record right now saying I’m going to retire as a Chief. If I am ever fortunate enough to go into the Hall of Fame, it’s going to be as a Chief.”
Gonzalez set up and paid for his own news conference at a downtown hotel to say goodbye to the city where he played for 12 years and became the most productive tight end in NFL history.
“I wanted to come face-to-face with everybody and (say goodbye) the right way,” he said. “I grew up in Kansas City. I got here when I just turned 21. (Leaving) is going to be sad. It’s going to be real sad. I’ve been able to play for some of the best fans in the NFL.”
With more catches, more yards receiving and more touchdown catches than any other NFL tight end, Gonzalez is arguably the greatest offensive player the Chiefs have drafted and developed in their 50-year history. Although Kansas City never won a playoff game during his career, he ranks alongside NFL Hall of Famer Len Dawson and baseball Hall of Famer George Brett as the most popular athletes to ever call Kansas City home.
“Even though we didn’t win a playoff game, I would not trade it. I would absolutely not trade it,” he said.