NFL Nation: Vonta Laach


Sunday was an important day in Kansas City Chiefs' history even though it’s been three weeks since the team last played.

Atlanta’s loss to San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game likely meant the end of tight end Tony Gonzalez's career because he has said he'll likely retire.

Gonzalez is the most decorated and accomplished tight end in NFL history. Even though, he leaves the game as a Falcon, Gonzalez will always be remembered as a Chief.

The Chiefs selected Gonzalez 13th overall in the 1997 draft, and he starred for Kansas City until he was traded to the Falcons in 2009. Gonzalez wanted out of Kansas City because the Chiefs were rebuilding, and he wanted a chance to go to the Super Bowl. And with Atlanta, he almost made it.

Now with Gonzalez likely leaving the game, it is a time of reflection for Kansas City fans. Gonzalez was one of the most revered players in team history, and he's still wildly popular in the city. When the time comes for Gonzalez to go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, his time with the Chiefs will be most remembered.

I’ve been often asked if I think Gonzalez will sign a one-day contract with Kansas City so he can retire with the team. It wouldn’t shock me at all if the team approaches him about the idea. The Hunt family knows how important Gonzalez is to the team’s history.

Regardless of Gonzalez retires as a Chief or not, he will always be a Chief.

In other AFC West news:

-- According to the Dallas Morning News, which has the most respected special teams ranking in the NFL, the Chargers had the best special teams in the AFC West last season.

-- Oakland fullback Marcel Reece was promoted to the Pro Bowl. He is currently the Raiders’ only Pro Bowl player. Reece replaces Baltimore’s Vonta Leach. The game will be played Sunday in Honolulu.

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