After saying he was 95% certain the 2012 NFL season would be his last, the Falcons' tight end is coming back for his 17th year. Gonzo had 93 catches and eight touchdowns in '12.
When did you realize you weren't done?
TONY GONZALEZ: After we lost [the NFC Championship Game to the 49ers], I was done. When I went to the facility to say goodbye, I gave everyone a big ol' hug and thanked them. I was walking out of that door a free man. Then the talk about coming back started up, but I needed confirmation from my [12-year-old] son, Nikko. I wanted to spend way more time with him. Once he said, "Dad, you guys came really close ..." it was a no-brainer for me to come back.
What if Nikko had said, "Stay home, Dad"?
TG: I would have been done. I told him that I'm going to be there to watch you play padded football, and I plan on being there still. I may not be able to see the whole season, but I'll be there at the beginning. Hopefully, it doesn't interfere with training camp, but if it does, we're going to have to work something out.
Did Nikko say one year or two?
TG: He meant one year because that's all I'm doing. There is no more 95, 97%. I am 100% this will be my last season.
On the last play from scrimmage in the loss to the 49ers, you looked like you expected Matt Ryan to throw you the ball.