Tony Gonzalez retires after 17 NFL seasons

Tony Gonzalez has called it a career.

The former Chiefs and Falcons tight end on Monday officially announced his retirement following 17 seasons in the NFL.

Gonzalez recorded four catches for 46 yards in his final game on Sunday — a 21-20 loss to the Panthers. He finished the 2013 season with 83 receptions for 859 yards and eight touchdowns.

A 13th-round pick of the Chiefs in 1997, Gonzalez set team records with 916 catches, 10,940 yards and 76 touchdowns across 191 games. His impact in the Kansas City community — both on and off-the-field — was well-documented.

“On behalf of the entire Chiefs family, I want to congratulate Tony on an incredible career,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said, via the team’s official website. “What he was able to accomplish during his time in the NFL is truly remarkable, and I have no doubt that Tony is a first-ballot hall of famer. We were very blessed to have him in a Chiefs uniform for 12 seasons, and his contributions on and off the field were extraordinary and will never be forgotten. I want to thank Tony for his time in Kansas City and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. He will always be considered a part of the Chiefs family.”

Gonzalez was traded to the Falcons in 2009, playing in every game for the last five seasons. The 37-year-old finishes his stellar career as a 10-time All-Pro, with 13 Pro Bowl selections, and the owner of various NFL records.

As the greatest tight end to ever play the game, the 37-year-old will soon find himself in Canton.

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