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honda522
04-28-2009, 04:58 PM
Tony Gonzalez said goodbye to Kansas City on Tuesday, but the legendary tight end said he’s merely on loan to the Atlanta Falcons.
The 10-time Pro Bowler met with reporters Tuesday morning in the revolving restaurant at the top of the Hyatt Regency Crown Center, saying that he might be going to Atlanta now after last week’s trade, but Gonzalez insisted that he’ll someday retire as a Chief.
Gonzalez was traded to the Falcons last Thursday for a second-round pick in the 2010 NFL draft. It ended the 33-year-old’s 12-year affiliation with Kansas City, which traded up to draft him as a 21-year-old in 1997. He has since broken every major tight end receiving record, and former Chiefs president Carl Peterson on Tuesday said Gonzalez was undoubtedly the best to ever play his position.
Gonzalez said he planned to play two or three years in Atlanta as he continues to search for playoff success. He said the pursuit of a Super Bowl championship is “everything” to him now, but he said that at the end of his career, he planned to re-sign with the Chiefs for as little as one day, just so he can retire with the team that drafted him.
Gonzalez also said there was no doubt he’d enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a Chiefs player, regardless of what happens with the Falcons.

Sn@keIze
04-28-2009, 10:03 PM
Still dont make me feel better. I hope he gets what he wants.

But Jason Taylor wanted out of the Dolphins and got what he wanted.. only to watch his former team make it to the playoffs while the Redskins sat at home.

Gonzo could end up regretting his decision, especially in the 2010 season.

chiefsfreak4life
04-28-2009, 10:55 PM
I'm glad to hear he say he will always be a Chief. Doesn't make me feel any better that he is now a Falcon, but to me he will always be the heart of my Kansas City Chiefs.

Vandelay
04-28-2009, 11:27 PM
I still don't get it. Tony would rather be a Falcon than a Chief? WTF is that? These one day contracts don't mean jack.

Canada
04-29-2009, 12:25 AM
Thanks Tony, I feel so much better that you want to be a Chief in theory!! I will not be cheering for ATL. Sorry u made the wrong choice.

A$$

AussieChiefsFan
04-29-2009, 01:53 AM
Still dont make me feel better. I hope he gets what he wants.

But Jason Taylor wanted out of the Dolphins and got what he wanted.. only to watch his former team make it to the playoffs while the Redskins sat at home.

Gonzo could end up regretting his decision, especially in the 2010 season.
It makes me feel a lot better because that what I was disappointed about; Him NOT retiring as a chief and him NOT being enducted into the hall of fame as a chief! So now I'm really happy!:yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

Bike
04-29-2009, 02:37 AM
I guess we'll just win the Superbowl without him.

Hayvern
04-29-2009, 02:39 AM
Thanks Tony, I feel so much better that you want to be a Chief in theory!! I will not be cheering for ATL. Sorry u made the wrong choice.

A$$

I share your sentiments Canada!

:beer:

AussieChiefsFan
04-29-2009, 02:46 AM
I guess we'll just win the Superbowl without him.yeah.........D:

AussieChiefsFan
04-29-2009, 06:50 AM
I don't care is he wants to enter the HOF as a Chief or not, how does he know he will be in it? The audasity of his erogance to make the assumption he will be in just because he holds a few records as a TE. It takes more then that IMO. How many HOFers that never won Championships are in with the one and only team they ever played on? He is a selfish POS IMO. Good riddons.IMO that's going a bit far. He has basically already been announced to be a HOFer. Instead of saying "TOUCHDOWN TONY GONZALEZ!!!". They say "TOUCHDWON FUTURE HALL OF FAMER!!!". I do admit that he was be a bit biast and I also agreee that to be a HOF he didn't need to leave the chiefs if that's what he's worried about, but, IMO I'm just happy enouph that he's thinking of returning to the Chiefs!

AkChief49
04-29-2009, 06:55 AM
Tony holds virtually every record that a TE can have. He's going to the HOF-first vote. Just as sure as J. Montana and just as sure as J. Rice. You put together the body of work he has in the NFL-10 pro bowls- and you just know...it is not arrogance. The greed is what ticks me off. He's going to the HOF without a SB. I understand that he wants one for the cherry on top of his career-heck, we,the fans-who have been waiting longer than T.G., all do!! So if the Falcons are ever in the SB and the Chiefs are no where near it, maybe, just maybe , I'll give him a cheer. And then again...

pbatrucker
04-29-2009, 07:44 AM
IMO that's going a bit far. He has basically already been announced to be a HOFer. Instead of saying "TOUCHDOWN TONY GONZALEZ!!!". They say "TOUCHDWON FUTURE HALL OF FAMER!!!". I do admit that he was be a bit biast and I also agreee that to be a HOF he didn't need to leave the chiefs if that's what he's worried about, but, IMO I'm just happy enouph that he's thinking of returning to the Chiefs!

If you read the Coaches post on same subject, TG states i he makes the HOF he'll go in as a Chief. Some people are getting their dandruff up over something very trevial.
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Sn@keIze
04-29-2009, 08:07 AM
I don't care is he wants to enter the HOF as a Chief or not, how does he know he will be in it? The audasity of his erogance to make the assumption he will be in just because he holds a few records as a TE. It takes more then that IMO. How many HOFers that never won Championships are in with the one and only team they ever played on? He is a selfish POS IMO. Good riddons.:sign0153:

are you serious?

Its no brainer hes a HOFer. He never made the assumption himself first, everybody else uncluding division rivals figure that.

I love Gonzo and all the things he gave us something to cheer for. Which is why its sad he made the wrong choice.

If Gonzo were to go to another team I prefered it be the Cards where the rest of the division only had like 6 wins or something like that.

honda522
04-29-2009, 09:53 AM
Lets get one thing striaght guys.

1. In 2008 the Chiefs weren't even being competitive. What vet would want to stay on a team. Tony just wanted a fighting chance atleast.

2. In 2009 under the Pioli regime, he never asked to be traded, and never was asked if he wanted tho. Pioli thought it was time to move on.

IMO if you think that is selfish to want off a none competitive team, well then I just don't know what to say.

Canada
04-29-2009, 09:54 AM
Lets get one thing striaght guys.

1. In 2008 the Chiefs weren't even being competitive. What vet would want to stay on a team. Tony just wanted a fighting chance atleast.

2. In 2009 under the Pioli regime, he never asked to be traded, and never was asked if he wanted tho. Pioli thought it was time to move on.

IMO if you think that is selfish to want off a none competitive team, well then I just don't know what to say.

...and you know this how? There were plenty of stories about him asking to be traded. Then he denied them, then he got traded. Where there's smoke there's fire.

honda522
04-29-2009, 09:59 AM
...and you know this how? There were plenty of stories about him asking to be traded. Then he denied them, then he got traded. Where there's smoke there's fire.
Did you read the article? It says how he never asked Pioli to b traded. He said it in his own words.

Ok, last year when he wanted to be traded, that was peer speculation, but I think it is obvious why he wanted out at the time.

Canada
04-29-2009, 10:15 AM
Did you read the article? It says how he never asked Pioli to b traded. He said it in his own words.

Ok, last year when he wanted to be traded, that was peer speculation, but I think it is obvious why he wanted out at the time.

He has said he wants to be traded and he has said he wants to stay. He seems to have a different story every time he talks about it. In the end, the fact that he is playing for ATL speaks volumes to me about his desire. I have about as much loyalty to Tony G as he had for me (and the rest of the fans in KC). He obviously wanted out (over the last couple of years) and regardless of the reason, he got what he wanted. But I will not cheer for ATL, nor do I care anymore if Tony wins a SB. :bananen_smilies046:

Canada
04-29-2009, 10:18 AM
Tony Gonzalez said goodbye to Kansas City on Tuesday, but the legendary tight end said he’s merely on loan to the Atlanta Falcons.
The 10-time Pro Bowler met with reporters Tuesday morning in the revolving restaurant at the top of the Hyatt Regency Crown Center, saying that he might be going to Atlanta now after last week’s trade, but Gonzalez insisted that he’ll someday retire as a Chief.
Gonzalez was traded to the Falcons last Thursday for a second-round pick in the 2010 NFL draft. It ended the 33-year-old’s 12-year affiliation with Kansas City, which traded up to draft him as a 21-year-old in 1997. He has since broken every major tight end receiving record, and former Chiefs president Carl Peterson on Tuesday said Gonzalez was undoubtedly the best to ever play his position.
Gonzalez said he planned to play two or three years in Atlanta as he continues to search for playoff success. He said the pursuit of a Super Bowl championship is “everything” to him now, but he said that at the end of his career, he planned to re-sign with the Chiefs for as little as one day, just so he can retire with the team that drafted him.
Gonzalez also said there was no doubt he’d enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a Chiefs player, regardless of what happens with the Falcons.


Did you read the article? It says how he never asked Pioli to b traded. He said it in his own words.

Ok, last year when he wanted to be traded, that was peer speculation, but I think it is obvious why he wanted out at the time.


Is it this article you are referring to because it does not say anything about him never asking to be traded. He actually says that pursuit of a championship is "everything" to him now.

honda522
04-29-2009, 10:25 AM
He has said he wants to be traded and he has said he wants to stay. He seems to have a different story every time he talks about it. In the end, the fact that he is playing for ATL speaks volumes to me about his desire. I have about as much loyalty to Tony G as he had for me (and the rest of the fans in KC). He obviously wanted out (over the last couple of years) and regardless of the reason, he got what he wanted. But I will not cheer for ATL, nor do I care anymore if Tony wins a SB. :bananen_smilies046:
I have only one time that he wanted out, and that was last season, publicly.

I would never, NEVER trust what a newspaper has to say.

Bike
04-29-2009, 10:49 AM
I have only one time that he wanted out, and that was last season, publicly.

I would never, NEVER trust what a newspaper has to say.
As I've said before, if Tony wanted to be here, he would be here. Apparently KC is no longer good enough for him. So he left. Screw Tony and his SB quest. He could have been a part of something special right here and get his ring to boot. And it would have been much more rewarding for him and his legacy IMO than to fly to a so-called pre-built SB team (LOL)...
Tony screwed himself and Chiefs fans alike by making this foolish career move.

OPLookn
04-29-2009, 02:24 PM
Wow....this is quite a change from everyone saying they wanted Gonzo to be here and that they wanted a 1st round trade for him and maybe even more. Now it's screw him and the heck with his super bowl. Anyone that plays sports wants to win it all...all the time, if you don't then you aren't playing competively.

Pioli flat out said I don't care who wants what, they're under contract and they'll be a Chief until they aren't. So even if Gonzo wanted to be traded Pioli didn't care. All of this hating on Gonzo makes me scratch my head and wonder how fickle some people are since a few weeks ago everyone seemed to be singing the praises and saying they understood that he wanted a SB ring. Just sayin...

Canada
04-29-2009, 03:09 PM
Wow....this is quite a change from everyone saying they wanted Gonzo to be here and that they wanted a 1st round trade for him and maybe even more. Now it's screw him and the heck with his super bowl. Anyone that plays sports wants to win it all...all the time, if you don't then you aren't playing competively.

Pioli flat out said I don't care who wants what, they're under contract and they'll be a Chief until they aren't. So even if Gonzo wanted to be traded Pioli didn't care. All of this hating on Gonzo makes me scratch my head and wonder how fickle some people are since a few weeks ago everyone seemed to be singing the praises and saying they understood that he wanted a SB ring. Just sayin...

I have always said that I want him here if he wants to be here. I am not hating on his talents whatsoever, but don't leave the team after asking to be traded (at some point he did ask and rumors were flying all over the place) and act like you are doing me a favor by coming back to KC to retire. But at the end of the day if you don't want to be here then I don't care if u leave. Its not like we are breaking up a SuperBowl contender here!! Tony is a great talent, but I give him the same level of loyalty he gave me. Just sayin...:bananen_smilies046:

Bike
04-29-2009, 03:44 PM
Wow....this is quite a change from everyone saying they wanted Gonzo to be here and that they wanted a 1st round trade for him and maybe even more. Now it's screw him and the heck with his super bowl. Anyone that plays sports wants to win it all...all the time, if you don't then you aren't playing competively.

Pioli flat out said I don't care who wants what, they're under contract and they'll be a Chief until they aren't. So even if Gonzo wanted to be traded Pioli didn't care. All of this hating on Gonzo makes me scratch my head and wonder how fickle some people are since a few weeks ago everyone seemed to be singing the praises and saying they understood that he wanted a SB ring. Just sayin...
I am a CHIEFS fan.
I am not a fan of former Chiefs that don't want to be here.

tornadospotter
04-29-2009, 06:32 PM
Tony who?

DT14PRIEST
04-29-2009, 10:21 PM
Tony who?

Toni Kukoč

AussieChiefsFan
04-30-2009, 03:18 AM
:sign0153:

are you serious?

Its no brainer hes a HOFer. He never made the assumption himself first, everybody else uncluding division rivals figure that.

I love Gonzo and all the things he gave us something to cheer for. Which is why its sad he made the wrong choice.

If Gonzo were to go to another team I prefered it be the Cards where the rest of the division only had like 6 wins or something like that.You tell 'im!!!!!!!!:bananen_smilies046:


...and you know this how? There were plenty of stories about him asking to be traded. Then he denied them, then he got traded. Where there's smoke there's fire.I guess so.......


Did you read the article? It says how he never asked Pioli to b traded. He said it in his own words.

Ok, last year when he wanted to be traded, that was peer speculation, but I think it is obvious why he wanted out at the time.
Well that is true and untrue. Sometimes he said he DID want to be traded and then later he said he DIDN'T want to be traded. It's just annoying that Pioli traded him during the time he DID NOT want be traded! If a player (especially a HOFer) wants to be traded, trade him when he actually wants to be traded. NOT when he DOES NOT want to be traded! That's what I have to say to Pioli!

Canada
04-30-2009, 10:14 AM
You tell 'im!!!!!!!!:bananen_smilies046:

I guess so.......


Well that is true and untrue. Sometimes he said he DID want to be traded and then later he said he DIDN'T want to be traded. It's just annoying that Pioli traded him during the time he DID NOT want be traded! If a player (especially a HOFer) wants to be traded, trade him when he actually wants to be traded. NOT when he DOES NOT want to be traded! That's what I have to say to Pioli!

Hall of famer or not, they don't get to decide when they are under contract. Like letting the monkeys run the zoo!!

Sn@keIze
04-30-2009, 10:35 AM
Hall of famer or not, they don't get to decide when they are under contract. Like letting the monkeys run the zoo!!
he didnt get to decide. Pioli and Haley decided. Gonzalez didnt trade himself.

If Gonzalez couldve decided he wouldve traded himself last year. But we didnt trade him, yet he played and honored his contract and gave us yet another pro bowl performance.

The contracts dont state that the players cant express dissatisfaction. The contracts dont say that the players cant request to be traded.

Canada
04-30-2009, 10:40 AM
he didnt get to decide. Pioli and Haley decided. Gonzalez didnt trade himself.

If Gonzalez couldve decided he wouldve traded himself last year. But we didnt trade him, yet he played and honored his contract and gave us yet another pro bowl performance.

The contracts dont state that the players cant express dissatisfaction. The contracts dont say that the players cant request to be traded.

Does it say that i have to like them if they leave? I am not questioning his integrity, all I have said is that he left and I could care less if he wins a SB in ATL.

Sn@keIze
04-30-2009, 10:45 AM
Does it say that i have to like them if they leave? I am not questioning his integrity, all I have said is that he left and I could care less if he wins a SB in ATL.
Hes not going to because the the next SB belong to us.

But if we dont get it:

I appreciate and remember things hes done for the us and hope that he gets his SB.

Canada
04-30-2009, 10:54 AM
Hes not going to because the the next SB belong to us.

But if we dont get it:

I appreciate and remember things hes done for the us and hope that he gets his SB.

Either way, I only really care if the Chiefs win it and he left the team when we needed him most. I guess he is an alright guy (never met him) and he was/is a great TE. I wish him no ill will, but his career is now significantly less important to me now. I have two Tony G cardboard cutouts and I have a Priest Holmes jersey on one and DT on the other!! :bananen_smilies046:

tornadospotter
04-30-2009, 11:12 AM
If you are not wearing Chiefs Red, so long, Love him when he was, love him when he does again. but for now, its all about the Chief's wearing the Red.

ktmrider
04-30-2009, 12:19 PM
I think this is something we as Chiefs fans are going to have to get used to. As one Pats fan stated, "don't get too attached to a particular player". Pioli has shown in the past that he has no problem getting rid of anyone on the team, no matter how popular that player may be with the fans. " Individuals go to Pro Bowls, teams win championships" as he has said himself. He has the belief that no one player is bigger than "the TEAM". Pioli has simply done what he has felt is best for our Kansas City Chiefs. TG is no longer a Chief, not because he dictated that move, but because in the long run, it is what was best for the future of our TEAM. :bananen_smilies046:

Chiefster
04-30-2009, 04:37 PM
I wish Tony the very best from the rest of his career and look forward to seeing him enter the HOF sporting the Red & Gold!

twhite85
04-30-2009, 05:06 PM
I don't care is he wants to enter the HOF as a Chief or not, how does he know he will be in it? The audasity of his erogance to make the assumption he will be in just because he holds a few records as a TE. It takes more then that IMO. How many HOFers that never won Championships are in with the one and only team they ever played on? He is a selfish POS IMO. Good riddons.

I can't believe how quickly people dismiss Tony with posts like this. The guy was the face of the franchise for 12 years, doing literally EVERYTHING he could to try to bring a championship to KC, and wants an opportunity to try to win a Superbowl before he retires. Yes, that's probably not going to happen in Atlanta, but it's all but certain that it won't in Kansas City; we just have too many holes to fill. And then he comes out and praises the franchise for the years he spent here, and you still give him sh!t. Amazing.

Personally, Tony will always be one of my favorite Chiefs, and is a lock for the HOF, imo. He's the greates tight end of all time, broke all those records in KC, and wants to retire as a Chief. He deserves the opportunity to win a Superbowl (however I do agree that Atlanta probably wasn't the best choice to try to do that).

Good luck Tony. I'll be rooting for you.

P.S.
the words you were looking for were AUDACITY and ARROGANCE. You might want to look into spell-checking. J/K.