- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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One of the great Kansas City Chiefs of all time will return to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.
While Chiefs fans will be sky high for the stars of a new season, I’m sure they will save some time to celebrate the return of tight end Tony Gonzalez.
The Chiefs traded Gonzalez -- the best and most decorated tight end in NFL history -- to the Atlanta Falcons in 2009 for a 2010 second-round pick. Chiefs used that pick on backup cornerback Javier Arenas. This will surely be Gonzalez’ last trip (and only trip as an opponent) to Kansas City. He has said he will likely retire after this season.
But this is far from the end of Gonzalez' time in Kansas City. In addition to being one of the greatest Chiefs of all time, Gonzalez was also one of the city's most beloved players.
I wouldn’t be shocked at all if Gonzalez signed a one-day contract so he can retire a Chief when his career is over. That’s the way it should end.
When Gonzalez waltzes into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on his first try, it will be because of his time with in Kansas City.
It was time for him to leave when he did because Gonzalez was reluctant to be part of another rebuilding effort. Gonzalez wanted a chance to win a Super Bowl ring. It hasn’t happened, but the Falcons are a contender.
The best part of the Gonzalez split from Kansas City was that it was clean. It never got ugly and both sides decided it was for the best for Gonzalez. It’s not a surprise that it happened because of the respect the Chiefs’ ownership and Gonzalez have for each other.
I’m sure we’ll see that mutual respect turn into a positive return for Gonzalez this weekend.
1dEric D. Williams