Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/18/14

FLOWERY BRANCH, GA - AUGUST 01: Tight end Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Atlanta Falcons during opening day of training camp on August 1, 2009 at the Falcons Training Complex in Flowery Branch, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Atlanta Falcons tight end, Tony Gonzalez, has one of my favorite nicknames of all time, "Gonzo".I don't know if it is somehow tied to the "origin of parts unknown" Muppet character with the curly, odd-shaped nose.Or if the name is derived from the actual word which the Muppet character was named for.The chicken or the egg? Who cares.Gonzo is a fitting nickname for this uber-talented athlete.Like a lot of football players before and since, Gonzalez was a two-sport star. His basketball skills turned the heads of many coaches, as well as college teammate and future NBA All-Star Jason Kidd.Playing at Cal, Tony would switch from one type of shoe to the next as the football and basketball seasons blended together. Cleats swapped for sneakers. Grass fields for hardwood floors. Oblong shaped ball to round ball. You get the idea.We know now that the pro scouts attending Tony's college games were from the National Football League and not the NBA. At 6'4" tall and weighing over 240 pounds not ...
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