FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is close to retiring from the NFL.
How close is up in the air.
Gonzalez said Friday that he’s 95 percent sure the upcoming season will be his last, but he wasn’t ready to completely rule out a return in 2013.
“I’ve had a great run,” he said. “I don’t want to be one of those players toward the end of their careers – and nothing against guys that have done it like that in the past – but I want to make sure that I’m at the top of my game when I do go out.”
After the Atlanta Falcons finished their second day of training camp Friday, Gonzalez said offseason discussions with family members and friends helped him understand that the end is near.
He’s accomplished quite a bit in 15 seasons and last year surpassed Terrell Owens, Tim Brown, Cris Carter and Marvin Harrison to become No. 2 on the league’s career receptions list with 1,149 catches.
Considering that he earned a 12th trip to the Pro Bowl last season, Gonzalez beli