ATLANTA Finally, Jerry Rice has some company.
On Monday night, Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez became the second player in NFL history to catch at least one pass in 200 straight games.
Gonzalez, the NFL's all-time leader in receptions among tight ends (1,265 entering Monday's game against the Jets), produced a six-yard reception early in the first quarter to clinch the 200th milestone.
The 17-year veteran, who has already declared the 2013 season to be his last, boasts five 90-catch campaigns, 31 career outings of 100 yards or more and 18 multiple-touchdown games.
Gonzalez, who was a perennial All-Pro with the Kansas City Chiefs (1997-2008) before being traded to the Falcons four years ago, humbly launched his Hall of Fame-worthy career with a one-catch, 22-yard effort against the Broncos in 1997.
The 200-game streak began in 2000 (with the Chiefs), when Gonzalez hauled in 11 catches, 147 yards and one touchdown against the Patriots.