Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 1/20/13

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 13: Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Atlanta Falcons against the Miami Dolphins at Georgia Dome on September 13, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Tony Gonzalez has been saying that he is highly likely to retire after the season, but the 36-year-old tight end seemed to hedge on those plans after the NFC Championship Game on Sunday. The Atlanta Falcons blew a 17-0 lead and lost 28-24 to the San Francisco 49ers to fall a game short of the Super Bowl. Gonzalez caught all 8 passes thrown his way for 78 yards and a touchdown. Anyone watching him could see that he is playing at an extremely high level. Though he has been saying in recent weeks that he is anywhere from 95 to 97 percent certain to retire, Gonzalez continued to leave open the possibility that he would return next season. According to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post, Gonzalez kept saying that Sunday’s loss to the 49ers was “probably” the last game of his career. As Hubbuch points out, Gonzalez wasn’t making definitive statements. Denise White, who is the CEO of EAG Sports Management and has worked with Gonzalez for over a decade, said she felt he would be back. When he spoke to reporters, Gonzalez indicated he would be fine retiring after the loss. “I’ve been very blessed I don’t want anyone to feel sorry for me,” Gonzalez said at his locker, according to NFL.com. “I’ve had a great ride, an unbelievable ride. … I have no regrets. Not one. And If there’s anyone out there, media or anyone, even think about saying that I’m going to have regrets, I’m telling you right now, that’s not the case, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.” Gonzalez turns 37 next month and just completed his 16th season in the NFL. He was third among tight ends in receiving yards (930), second in receptions (93), and fourth in touchdown catches (8). He still has plenty to offer the Falcons and, after finally winning a playoff game for the first time in his career, he may want to return. Photo credit: Twitter/Bart Hubbuch The post Tony Gonzalez hedges on planned retirement appeared first on Larry Brown Sports. Related posts: Chiefs Should Try to Trade Tony Gonzalez Jacob Tamme, Anthony Gonzalez Will Have Fantasy Relevancy with Colts Bob Sanders and Anthony Gonzalez Are Walking Injuries
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