Nico Gonzalez should expect some fairly generous birthday presents from Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan this year.
Nico, the son of Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, was credited Wednesday with returning Ryan's most dependable target for the 2013 season.
Entering the 2012 season, Gonzalez said he was 95 percent sure it would be his final year. After a NFC Championship loss to the San Francisco 49ers -- a loss that left Gonzalez contemplating at his locker for an extended period of time -- that percentage went up. He says he truly believed he was calling it quits.
But that all came before talking with his 12-year-old son.
"When I went home, I was able to talk to my family and my close circle -- specifically, my son Nico -- he was the reason I was going to retire, anyway," Gonzalez said in an interview with NFL Network on Wednesday. "He lives out in LA with his mom, he doesn't live with me during the season, so I wanted to spend more time with him. Nico said, ...