JockBio Vital Stats
  • Atalanta Falcons • Tight End • #88
  • Height: 6' 5"
• Weight: 243 • Born: 2/27/76
  • Tony was the first Cal player to letter in football and basketball since Joe Kapp in the 1950s.
  • Tony’s career-high 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 first-year player.
  • 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 culture.
  • Tony has size-16 feet.
  • Tony appeared in the 2001 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue with supermodel Heidi Klum.
  • Tony’s five 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.
  • Tony’s teammates 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.




Joe Kapp, 1969 Topps



Fred Arbanas, 1966 Topps



Warren Moon, 1991 Stadium



Tony Gonzalez book

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