Tony Gonzalez Still Has a Lot to Offer Falcons for 2013 Title Run

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IMarch 12, 2013

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Tight end Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Atlanta Falcons looks on against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 23, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Tony Gonzalez is still one of the premier tight ends in the NFL, and his decision to come back and play one more year with the Atlanta Falcons will benefit the team's Super Bowl aspirations.

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer first reported Gonzalez's decision to return:

Tony Gonzalez told FOX Sports in an exclusive interview that he has now told the Atlanta Falcons he is coming back and the two sides are on the verge of a new contract that will put him back with Matt Ryan and Co. for one more run.

General manager Thomas Dimitroff has been making his feelings known about Gonzalez since before Super Bowl XLVII. Every single person involved in the franchise knows that the Falcons stand a better chance of winning Super Bowl XLVIII with Gonzalez than without him.

As for the future Hall of Famer, he understands how close this team is to finally reaching the promised land. Via his official Twitter account:

There's no doubt Gonzalez can still play at a high level. 

Last year, at the age of 36, Gonzalez caught 93 passes (No. 2 among tight ends) for 930 yards (No. 3 among tight ends) and eight touchdowns (No. 4 among tight ends). 

He also caught 14 passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns in the playoffs against the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers—teams with some of the best linebackers and safeties in the league.

Gonzalez was obviously weary and emotionally spent after losing the NFC Championship Game to the 49ers. He thought he was finished, and with that thought came the bitter disappointment of realizing he never achieved his ultimate goal, which was to end his career as a champion.

After weeks of recuperation and reflection, Gonzalez realizes that he still has one more chance to finish his legendary career with the ending he always imagined. He'll be back with the Falcons in 2013, and the old dog still has a few tricks up his sleeve.

There's no guarantee that Gonzalez and the Falcons will win Super Bowl XLVIII, but there's no doubt he will be a key player for Atlanta in its pursuit of this elusive goal. 


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