Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez did training camp on an iPad

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Virtual training camp is over and real practice has started for Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez. (USATSI)
Virtual training camp is over and real practice has started for Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez. (USATSI)

The only injury Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez had to worry about during training camp was carpel tunnel syndrome. That's because Gonzalez did training camp on an iPad.

Gonzalez spent the duration of Atlanta's training camp not at training camp, he was in California. Instead, Gonzalez did a virtual training camp where he checked in with tight end coach Chris Scelfo regularly.

"We have the iPad with all of the plays on there and all of the installation that you're going to need," Gonzalez said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "There is nothing that they saw that I didn't see. I got to see everything. It beams right to the iPad. I would watch it every night and see what they did in practice every day."

To lure him back for a 17th season, Falcons coach Mike Smith agreed to let Gonzalez miss training camp so Gonzalez could spend more time with his 12-year-old son Nico in California.

Missing training camp wasn't a big deal, at least not for Gonzalez because apparently, iPad training camp gets you into just as good as shape as regular training camp, "Tony is in great shape like he always is," Smith said.

After missing the Falcons first two preseason games, Gonzalez is expected to play on Saturday at Tennessee. "He'll play just like the rest of the starters," Smith said. "We're not going to have a specific number and say all starters are playing this number of snaps. We're going to have a rotation and we'll rotate through the positions."

Oh and if anyone from Apple's reading this, you're sitting on at least five CLIO Awards here because that's how many Apple would win with an iPad-Gonzalez commercial. Make it happen please.


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