Tony Gonzalez one of six former Atlanta Falcons on CFB Hall of Fame ballot

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Former Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez has been nominated for the 2019 class of the College Football Hall of Fame along with several other former Falcons.

Congrats are in order to the great Tony Gonzalez.

The former Atlanta Falcons tight end has been announced as a finalist for the College Football Hall of Fame. Gonzalez was apart of 176 names on the 2019 Ballot released by the National Football Foundation. Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, five other players on the 2019 ballot played for the Falcons at some point in their career, with Gonzalez and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson being the most notable.

During his Collegiate career at Cal (1994-1996), Gonzalez recorded 89 receptions for 1,302 yards and eight Touchdowns. He was named to the First Team All-Pac-10 team and a Consensus All-American in 1996.

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2019 could be a huge year for Tony Gonzalez.

Not only is Tony Gonzalez a finalist for the College Football Hall of Fame for 2019 but he will also without a doubt be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on a first ballot as well.

During his brilliant NFL career with the Chiefs and Falcons, Gonzalez played in 270 games and recorded 1,325 receptions for 15,127 yards and 111 Touchdowns. In his excellent five years in Atlanta, he defined Father Time and recorded 409 catches for 35 touchdowns, including a spectacular 2012 campaign that ended one game short of Super Bowl 47.

Other former Falcons on the 2019 ballot include Texas Tech running back Byron Hanspard, Mississippi Valley State defensive back Ashley Ambrose, Illinois defensive lineman Moe Gardner and Pitt running back Craig “Ironhead” Heyward.

College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame in the same year? If it happens, it would be very fitting for an outstanding player and an even better person.