When Tony Gonzalez reeled in his 100th career touchdown catch Sunday, the feat was notable for several reasons, one of the biggest being how inevitable it seemed.
Gonzalez has been dominating the NFL from the tight end position for more than a decade now, and it makes sense that he’d not only cross the 100-touchdown barrier but also put himself alongside just five others on the list of the NFL’s career touchdown leaders.
But what makes Gonzalez’s accomplishment especially remarkable is how he’s done it. The other five names above him on the career touchdowns list are all wide receivers, and Gonzalez has done all his catching from the tight end spot, where he’s not necessarily the primary option and often needs to multitask with some timely blocking.
Gonzalez’s gaudy numbers mark the reign of the tight end, with his career perhaps the finest among a wave of stellar tight ends who have worked their way into the game over the past decade. While the NFL has made good use of tight ends h...