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The NFL has recently become a league where the tight end position has become the focal point, and Tony Gonzalez paved the way for this trend.
Gonzalez is the best the league may ever see; the NFL wouldn't be what it is today without him.
Sure, tight ends like Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham may be all the rage these days, but they couldn't have done it without Gonzalez being so potent on offense.
Gonzalez has 1,149 career receptions, good for second best all time for any player. Given that he's only surpassed 100-plus catches one time in his career, his consistency over his career has been priceless.
With five touchdown catches in 2012, he'll eclipse the 100-touchdown plateau. His 95 career touchdowns currently rank No. 9 on the all-time list.
Gonzalez has revolutionized the tight end position. The latest trend for NFL teams is to find a tight end on a basketball court—Gonzalez played hoops for the California Golden Bears in college.
Now 36 years old, his days of being a stud are nearing an end. It would be best for Gonzalez to retire before his skills deteriorate. Despite catching 80 passes for the Atlanta Falcons in 2011, 2012 should be his last.
His legacy will go down as changing the game for the better, forever. He's an all-around great player and humanitarian. He should have his own wing in Canton when his day comes.