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Gonzalez still strongly considering retirement

Associated Press

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Tony Gonzalez hasn't changed his stance on retirement since the first day of training camp.

The 13-time Pro Bowl tight end remains 95% certain he will walk away from football after the season, though everything still hinges on whether the Atlanta Falcons advance deep into postseason as a No. 1 playoff seed.

At 36, Gonzalez continues to make enough big plays that he was voted to his third straight Pro Bowl in four seasons with Atlanta.

Coach Mike Smith says he is amazed Gonzalez keeps "beating Father Time" and "shutting him out" while opponents often try in vain to defend him with man-to-man coverage.

Sunday's matchup with Tampa Bay could be the final regular-season game for Gonzalez, the NFL's No. 2 career receiving leader.


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