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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Smith: Gonzalez 'absolutely' a Pro Bowler

By Vaughn McClure

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – When the Pro Bowl rosters are announced Friday, Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith fully expects a familiar name to be a part of the group.

Smith was asked if Tony Gonzalez should be named to his 14th Pro Bowl.

"Absolutely,’’ Smith said of the retiring tight end. "I think Tony’s had a great season. Don’t have to politic for him or campaign for him. I think his merits speak for themselves.’’

The 37-year-old Gonzalez was named to the Pro Bowl the past three seasons with the Falcons. He sarcastically inquired last week about his chances for this year’s game, as personal accolades are never his focus.

Here are the Falcons that are likely to get Pro Bowl consideration, Gonzalez included: