Tony was the first
Cal player to letter in football and basketball since Joe Kapp in the
in scoring at Cal was 29 points against Washington State.
In 1997, Tony received
the Mack Lee Hill Award, given to Kansas City’s top rookie or
In 1999, Tony became
the first Kansas City tight end to lead the team in catches since Walter
White had 48 in 1977.
Tony broke the Chiefs record of 198 receptions by a tight end in 2000. The mark had been held by Fred Arbanas. During that season,
he also became the first player other than a running back to lead Kansas
City in receptions in consecutive seasons since wide receiver Stephone
Paige did it in 1989-90.
Tony reached the
300-catch plateau in 71 games, quicker than any player in Kansas City
history. The previous mark was set by Chris Burford (76 games).
Tony became Kansas
City’s all-time leading receiver in 2003. During the season, he
passed Chief legends Otis Taylor and then Henry Marshall.
In 2006, Tony eclipsed the Chiefs’ record for receptions and touchdowns, held by Otis Taylor. He also surpassed Priest Holmes’s KC record for career yards from scrimmage.
In 2007, Tony passed Shannon Sharpe for the all-time NFL lead in receptions and TD catches by a tight end.
Tony left Kansas City with the team records for career receptions (916), receiving yards (10,940), receiving touchdowns (76) and consecutive games with at least one reception (130).
In Tony’s first game as a Falcon, he became the first tight end to surpass 11,000 career receiving yards.
In the 2010 season opener, Tony made his 1,000th career reception. He was the seventh player to reach quadruple-digits. The first six were Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison, Cris Carter, Tim Brown, Isaac Bruce and Terrell Owens.
Tony wears a very
special necklace that his mom gave him before he went into the pros.
Inscribed with Chinese characters, the front says "Protection"
and the back "Longevity." Tony never takes it off.
Tony has been taking
Spanish lessons for the last several years. In the spring of 2004, he
spent time with a family in Mexico to fully immerse himself in Latino
Tony has size-16
Tony appeared in
the 2001 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue with supermodel
favorite movies are One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Weird Science, Forrest Gump, Coming to America and Gladiator. His five favorite books are The Seven Spiritual
Laws of Success, The Way of the Wizard, Zen in the
Martial Arts, and First and Second Corinthians from the Bible.
call him the “Big Mexican.”
Tony is single
but has a son named Nikko.
Tony is an entrepreneur
off the field. He has partnered with Warren Moon in Sutra, a restaurant
in Newport Beach, California. He has also owned shares in several
Baja Fresh restaurant franchises in Kansas City.
Tony has appeared
in several TV shows, including ABC’s “Married With the Kellys”
and HBO’s “Arliss,” and “One Tree Hill.” He was also a consultant for the
movie Any Given Sunday, an Oliver Stone production.
Tony has created
his own charitable organization, the Tony Gonzalez Foundation.
It focuses on helping medically challenged children through the Shadow
Buddies Foundation, and providing support for disadvantaged youth through
The Boys and Girls Club. Tony is the only NFL player to have his own
Shadow Buddy doll.
In 2009, Tony and Mitzi Diulan published a book called the All-Pro Diet. Dulan had worked with Tony for years as the Chiefs’ team nutritionist.
In 2009, Tony started All-Pro Science, a nutritional supplement company. One of APS’s endorsing athletes is baseball star Troy Tulowitzki.
Tony majored in
Communications at Cal.
Tony campaigned for Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential election.