SI compiled a list of athletes that are most deserving of a title and Michael Rosenberg put Tony Gonzalez at the top of that list.
Catching 1,242 passes for 14,268 yards and 103 touchdowns is great Hall of Fame numbers for any wide receiver. Considering that Tony Gonzalez is a Tight End is “outright ridiculous.” Rosenberg noted that of his sixteen years in the league, he has only played with two noteworthy quarterbacks, Trent Greene who was only slightly above average and Matt Ryan who is probably the best Quarterback the Falcons have ever seen. He was still able to amass an inconceivable amount of yards, touchdowns and catches.
Of course it’s not just his pure talent; it’s his great winning attitude. He generally loves the game and never acts a fool. He’s a man amongst men on and off the field and just a good person in general. He is a first ballot Hall of Famer but until just last year, has never won a single playoff game. In fact, he’s only made it to a few.
His work ethic is unbelievable. He only missed a single game in his entire 16 year career. He always shows up to work and you never hear any negativity from this guy. There aren’t many people like that in the league nowadays.
But please, can someone think of a single player who deserves a championship more than Tony Gonzalez?