Falcons TE Gonzalez admits considering retirement after season

After 14 seasons, Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is not taking anything for granted.

And during a season in which 12-2 Atlanta is tied with New England for the best record in the league and poised for a big playoff run, Gonzalez hinted that winning a Super Bowl would not be a bad way to close a Hall-of-Fame career.

"I would be lying if I didn't tell you that I didn't think about it," Gonzalez told the *Atlanta Journal Constitution* of retiring. "I'd be a fool if I didn't think about it; just trying to be prepared a little bit. But you think about it, and then you detach from it."

Gonzalez, 34, is under contract for next season. He said that he feels fine physically but hinted that the league's uncertain labor situation will be a factor in his future plans.

"Right now, I feel great, though," Gonzalez said. "I can tell you if it came down to coming back next year, I could do it easily from a physical standpoint."

With 62 receptions through 14 games, Gonzalez is the first player in league history to catch at least 60 passes in 12 consecutive seasons, adding to his lengthy list of NFL records. His 1,061 receptions, 87 receiving touchdowns and 12,398 receiving yards are NFL records for tight ends.

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