Gonzalez is a first ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer and a member of the 2019 class. Gonzalez joined FOX Sports in 2017 as an analyst on FOX NFL KICKOFF. The hour-long NFL pregame show precedes FOX NFL SUNDAY, airing each Sunday during the NFL season. Following his retirement after the 2013 NFL season, Gonzalez took his talents to television, appearing as a regular studio analyst on “The NFL Today” (2014-16), and contributing to other NFL related programming on CBS.
Gonzalez entered the NFL as the 13th overall pick in 1997 with the Kansas City Chiefs. Throughout his career, he was known for his durability, missing only two games in his entire seventeen-year career, and sure handedness, having only 1 fumble with over 1,000 total receptions since the 2000 season.
In his 11 years with the Chiefs, Gonzalez reached ten Pro Bowls (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008) and helped the team to two playoff appearances. During his final season in Kansas City, Gonzales put on one of his best performances, recording 10 touchdown receptions and over 1,000 total yards.
Gonzalez was then acquired by the Atlanta Falcons, where he went on to reach the Pro Bowl four more times (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and helped the team reach three playoff appearances, including the NFC Championship in 2012.
After a 17 year career, Gonzalez retired from the NFL in 2014 as the league’s all-time leader in career receiving yards and receptions for a tight end.
Gonzalez was a two-sport athlete at the University of California, Berkeley. He chose a career in football over basketball after he was recognized as a consensus All-American tight end and named to the All-Pac-10 first team in 1996. In Basketball, he helped the team advance to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Gonzalez chose to forgo his last year of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft, finishing with a collegiate career 89 receptions, 1,302 total yards and 8 touchdowns.