Posted July 28, 2012

Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez: ’95 percent sure’ that 2012 will be his final season

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Tony Gonzalez

The greatest pass-catching TE in league history plans to retire after the season. (Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez said after Thursday’s training camp practice that he will almost certainly retire after the 2012 season, his 16th in the NFL.

“I would say that I’m 95 percent sure, just in case,” Gonzalez said. “I talked to my family this offseason. I’ve had a great run. I feel pretty good about where I’m at as a player. I just want to make sure that I end at the top.

“I don’t want to be one of those players towards the end — nothing against those guys who’ve done it like that in the past — but I want to make sure that I’m at the top of my game when I do go out.”

The future Hall of Famer, 36, holds every career TE receiving record and is second in league history in career receptions (1,149, behind Jerry Rice’s 1,549) and 11th in receiving yards.