Surprise! OK. Not really.
It is obvious to everyone Tony Gonzalez has earned the No. 1 placement on this list with ease. It is hard to make a point saying he does not.
Gonzalez has shattered the record for most receptions (1,149), yards (13,338) and touchdowns (95) by any tight end in a career in NFL history. Gonzalez earned the top spot in those three categories before being traded by the Chiefs to the Atlanta Falcons as he continues to set the bar high for young and future tight ends.
During his long tenure with the Chiefs, Gonzalez made it to 10 Pro Bowls with nine All-Pro selections.
While with the Chiefs, Gonzalez caught 916 passes for 10,940 yards and 76 touchdowns. No other player in Chiefs history has more.
One of his best seasons came in 2004, where he had the most receptions (102) and receiving yards (1,258) in a single-season in his career. His 102 receptions was more than any pass-catcher that season in the NFL.
Gonzalez, less likely to beat Jerry Rice for the record, is second all-time for most receptions in a career.
Even though Gonzalez is 36, he plays as if he is younger, making him one of the most impressive and valuable players to ever play the game at the professional level.