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Saturday, November 3, 2012
Opposing Voice: Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas – As Jason Witten chases Michael Irvin’s Cowboys’ record for catches in a career, Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez doesn’t sound too interested in chasing Jerry Rice for the NFL’s record for catches in a career.

Rice recorded 1,549 yards in his Hall of Fame career. Gonzalez has 1,195 and climbing.

“Well, this is probably my last year,” he said. “The way I am looking at it I am preparing for this to be my last year. I am not going to go all the way. I keep telling everybody the number I’m giving on it is 95 percent sure. There is no doubt I could keep playing for a couple more years at a pretty high level but it’s just almost that time for me. I see the window closing.”

Gonzalez, 36, leads the Falcons with 46 catches to go with four touchdowns and 459 yards. He has 13,797 yards, which is ninth-most in league history, and needs one more touchdown to become the eighth player in league history with 100 touchdown catches.

While he has a ton of individual accolades, he has yet to experience a playoff win, which is what has kept him coming back in recent years but might not be enough to bring him back in 2013.

“If I don’t win a playoff game it doesn’t take away from my career as far as I’m concerned because the thing about football is this is not tennis, this is not golf,” Gonzalez said. “It’s a total team sport.”