Retired TE Tony Gonzalez will be making plenty of predictions as a commentator and analyst in 2014. But his first one regarding the defending AFC Champion Broncos is about as bold a claim as he may ever make.
Shortly after declaring that he would be willing to unretire to play for a potential Superbowl contender, future Hall of Fame TE Tony Gonzalez made another surprising statement that is sure to turn more than a few heads.
Gonzalez told Newday that the Broncos have all the tools that the 2007 New England Patriots had. The Patriots that year went 16-0 in the regular season, and were 18-0 going into Superbowl XLII before losing 17-14 to the New York Giants.
“Right now, Denver has a team built just like the New England Patriots back when they went undefeated [in the 2007 regular season],” Gonzalez told Newsday. “In looking at Denver in the preseason and Peyton Manning’s command of that offense, he’ll pick up right where he left off last year. And defensively, they went out like good organizations do and addressed their weaknesses.”
Gonzalez will join CBS as an analyst and commentator in the Fall. He retired after the 2013 with the Atlanta Falcons. In a 17-year career with the Chiefs and Falcons, Gonzalez appeared in 14 Pro Bowls and was a 9-time All-Pro selection.
Gonzalez is the NFL’s all-time leader in every major receiving category for tight ends. He is No. 2 in NFL history behind only Jerry Rice in receptions. He is 5th in league history in receiving yards and 6th in receiving TDs. Gonzalez also started 254 games, most by any tight end and 7th in NFL history.