Now don't be dissing al! He is the greatest owner a rival team can have.
I put up a post on my new blog that disses Al Davis.
It's a plug, sure, but hopefully some of you will find it entertaining: Al Davis: Likes/Dislikes « Style Points
Now don't be dissing al! He is the greatest owner a rival team can have.
Lonnnnnnng Live Al Davis... Why Would You Ever Diss Him???
LMAO, Dislikes: Mexicans, Espcailly Tony Gonzalez.
Tony Gonzalez isnt Mexican
here's his biography.
Playing tight end was never considered a glamorous vocation—that is, until Tony Gonzalez came along. At 6-4 and 250 pounds, he has the classic build for his position, and with the brute strength to take on linebackers and the sheer speed to run by safeties, he has the prerequisite skills, too. But Tony also possesses keen athletic instinct and intense competitive fire, the intangibles that hardcore football fans can spot in a second. Tony’s matinee-idol looks and good-guy charm don’t hurt, either. This is his story…
Anthony Gonzalez was born on February 27, 1976 in Huntington Beach, California, a beach town nestled slightly south of busy Los Angeles. He and his older brother, Chris, were raised by their mother, Judy. She worked two jobs to support her two sons.
Tony’s last name and his skin color made most people think he was pure Hispanic. But his family roots ran much deeper. One of his grandmothers was white, and the other heralded from Jamaica. His mother’s father was part American Indian and part African-American. His other grandfather was a native of Cape Verdan, located among the Portuguese islands off the African coast. His last name, Goncals, is pronounced “Gonzalez” when Americanized, and when he came to the U.S. that is how it was recorded. It has been the family name ever since.
As a kid, Tony did not list sports among his priorities. Though Chris was an excellent athlete, Tony had no interest in following in his brother’s footsteps. His friends liked to go skateboarding, ride their bikes and hang out at the beach. Tony was happy to do the same.
Chris, however, wouldn’t let up on his little brother. He convinced Tony to at least give organized sports a try. In the fall of 1987, the soft-spoken, reserved 11-year-old suited up for the local Pop Warner league...and hated it. Tony quit after just a few games. The following season Chris worked on his brother again. This time, Tony stuck out the entire campaign, though he remained lukewarm on the sport. His coaches played him the requisite six snaps a game, the number he was guaranteed according to league rules.
Away from the gridiron, Tony encountered an issue more pressing than athletic apathy. A school bully hassled him throughout the entire eighth grade. Most days, Tony hustled home from school for the refuge of his house. But after a year of running and hiding, he had had enough. Tony finally stood up to his tormentor, and the confidence he felt spilled over into other areas of his life. In school, he sat next to a student who suffered from seizures. Because Tony was now considered cool, nobody picked on his classmate.
By the summer of 1990, Tony had begun to fill out. A friend’s father thought the teenager might be a natural on the basketball court. He was right. Tony scored 18 points in his first rec league game. From there his athletic ability poured out.
Tony went out for the football team in his freshman year at Huntington Beach High School. Still learning the sport, he showed potential as a linebacker for the Oilers, the same position his brother played. But basketball remained his first love.
Tony sprouted to more than six feet during his high school career, and maintained his agility and versatility. He played hoops every chance he got, and hit the all-star camps every summer, competing against the likes of Stephon Marbury and Jerry Stackhouse. Tony’s jump shot was only average, but he used his strength down low to establish position near the hoop both on offense and defense. A bull with soft hands, he also excellent as a post passer and rebounder.
Tony started to gain national attention as a junior, when he averaged 17.1 points and 9.1 rebounds. Named an All-USA Honorable Mention by USA Today, he was already being recruited by the top college programs. Topping his list of schools was the University of Arizona.
But clouding the picture was Tony’s development in football. In his junior campaign, he had starred at middle linebacker for the Oilers, posting 68 tackles and six sacks. Tony was equally effective on offense. The 6-4 tight end caught 38 passes for 800 yards and seven touchdowns.
Tony enjoyed an even better year as a senior. A first team All-American at tight end (and linebacker), he piled up 62 receptions for 945 yards and 13 touchdowns. When the basketball season rolled around, he broke Huntington’s career scoring record—held by his coach, Roy Miller—going for 26 a game on 65 percent shooting. Voted Orange County and Sunset League MVP, Tony’s most prestigious honor came in the spring of 1994, when he shared his region’s High School Athlete of the Year award with Tiger Woods.
Tony had the college sports world at his feet. Though crazy about basketball, it seemed that football offered the clearer career path. Tony wasn’t sure whether he would play linebacker or tight end at the next level, but he knew he would probably start as a freshman no matter where he went. The same wasn’t necessarily true on the hardwood, where there was more pressure on him to refine and develop his game.
Tony eventually decided on the University of California at Berkeley. The school was a manageable drive from home, boasted excellent academics, and Tony was promised the opportunity to pursue varsity football and basketball.
ON THE RISE
On the gridiron, Tony joined a team with high hopes for the ’’94 season. Despite the graduation of several key contributors, including offensive tackle Todd Steussie and kicker Doug Brien, head coach Keith Gilbertson still had plenty of talent at his disposal. The offense was led by quarterback Dave Barr, who was coming off the 10th-best passing campaign in NCAA history. All-American Regan Upshaw spearheaded the defense, while Ryan Longwell handled th punting and kicking duties. Despite all this top-level talent, however, Cal sputtered in the Pac-10 and crawled home at 4-7.
The team’s poor play actually opened the door for Tony, who settled in on offense at tight end. Though his numbers were modest (eight receptions for 62 yards and a TD), he displayed the speed, hands and blocking ability that promised a bigger role in the future.
Tony traded in his cleats for high tops as soon as the football season ended. Cal basketball coach Todd Bozeman faced a daunting task in the 1994-95 campaign. His top two players, Jason Kidd and Lamond Murray, opted early for the NBA draft, leaving the Bears thin in the backcourt and frontcourt. If the squad was going to make any noise in the conference, Bozeman would need a lot of help from the trio of Monty Buckley, K.J. Roberts and Alfred Grigsby. Tony was part of an impressive recruiting class that included Tremaine Fowlkes and Jelani Gardner.
The year started promisingly enough, as the Bears won their first seven and climbed to No. 14 in the nation. But when Grigsby was sidelined with a bulging disk, the season took a turn for the worst. Cal got hammered in Pac-10 play and finished a game under .500, at 13-14.
The good news was that Bozeman found lots of minutes for Tony, whose high energy and willingness to throw his weight around gave the coach an interesting option off the bench. He netted 7.1 points and nearly four boards a game, playing a key support role to Fowlkes and Gardner, who scored in double-figures.
Tony’s sophomore football season proved another clunker. Despite a deep roster, the Bears underachieved and wound up at a dismal 3-8 in 1995. Gilbertson lost his job, and Cal’s two best defenders, Upshaw and Duane Clemons, jumped ship for the NFL. The bright spots were mostly on offense, where junior Pat Barnes emerged at quarterback and Bobby Shaw demonstrated big-play ability at receiver. Tony also had a nice year with 37 receptions for 541 yards and two scores.
After the disappointment of the football season, Tony looked forward to his second year of hoops. Though young, the Bears had a chance to challenge for the Pac-10 title and return to the NCAA Tournament. Fowlkes and Gardner were penciled into the starting lineup, and Bozeman had a stud in incoming freshman Shareef Abdur-Rahim. Junior college transfers Ed Gray and Prentice McGruder also figured into the picture. Tony again expected to see most of his time off the bench.
Behind Abdur-Rahim, who more than lived up to all his billing at 21.1 ppg and 8.4 rpg, Cal bounced back in the 1995-96 campaign. Tony contributed to the turnaround, his minutes increasing to almost 20 a night. Though his scoring dropped, his inside play added a physical presence to the Bears, who embraced an up-tempo style. The team finished fourth in the conference, and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The season ended on a down note, however, with a loss to Iowa State in the first round of the Big Dance.
Change was the theme as Tony headed into his junior year at Cal. Bozeman shocked fans by stepping down in August of 1996, leaving the basketball program in disarray. Meanwhile, Steve Mariucci took over the football team. After working with Brett Favre in Green Bay under Mike Holmgren, he brought his West Coast offense to Berkeley. Mariucci also introduced former San Francisco 49er Tommy Holmoe as his defensive coordinator.
Tony was one of many Bears eager to learn Mariucci’s system, knowing he would have a prominent role in it. The Bears were stacked on offense, with Barnes and Shaw back and freshman Deltha O’Neal among those fighting for the starting tailback job. The line was anchored by mammoth Tarik Glenn and Jeremy Newberry. With all this firepower, Mariucci was excited for the season to begin.
The Bears roared to a 5-0 start, including their first win over USC in Los Angeles since 1970. In the victory, Tony caught five passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. The performance was indicative of how Mariucci was working his tight end into the offense. In turn, Tony’s stock was rising in the eyes of NFL scouts. Though he was sharing the stage with Pac-10 stars like Jake Plummer and Darrell Russell, he was grabbing his fair share of the headlines.
Ranked 19th nationally at mid-year, Cal imploded over the final two months of the regular season. Decimated by injuries and plagued by sloppy play, the Bears dropped five of their last six, including three in a row to Arizona State, Oregon and Stanford by a combined score of 117-51. Still, the team managed an invitation to the Aloha Bowl against Navy. In Hawaii, they lost 42-38 in a barn-burner.
Tony was one of Cal’s primary threats against the Midshipmen, catching nine passes for 69 yards. It was one of many impressive performances for the junior. For the season, he posted 46 receptions for 699 yards and five TDs. Tony tied BYU’s Itula Mili for the most catches among NCAA tight ends, and his yardage was tops in the nation at his position. A first-team All-Pac 10 selection, he was voted a first-team All-American, too.
By then, Tony’s focus had already shifted to basketball. New head coach Ben Braun welcomed the burly power forward with open arms. With the defection of Abdur-Rahim to the NBA and Fowlkes and Gardner transferred to other schools, Cal was thin up and down the roster. Tony scored eight points and pulled down seven rebounds against Mississippi State in a contest before the Aloha Bowl, and then joined the team full-time after acing three final exams and spending the Christmas break with his family.
WIth the Bears off to a surprising 9-4 start, Tony and his teammates were riding high. Gray developed into one of the Pac-10’s best players, while Braun offered a calming presence on the sidelines. Tony was also key, again providing a spark off the bench.