Former Cal two-sport great has informed the Atlanta Falcons he will return to play his 17th NFL season.
The future Hall of Fame tight end said at the end of last season he was almost certain to retire.
Now he’s back.
“After discussing it with my family and really, truly struggling with this decision, I informed the Falcons I would like to return for one more shot,” Gonzalez told Fox Sports.
Gonzalez later posted a message on Twitter confirming his plans.
“I’m happy to say that after speaking with my family, I’m coming back,” he wrote. “The lure of being on such a great team and organization, along with unbelievable fan support was too good to pass up. We have a great shot to get to the Super Bowl, RISE UP ATLANTA!”
Gonzalez is the most productive tight end in NFL history. His 1,242 career receptions leave him No. 2 all-time — among all receivers — behind only Jerry Rice. He has caught passes for 14,268 yards and 103 touchdowns — easily most ever by a tight end.