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Tony Gonzalez: 'There is probably no chance of me coming back to play'

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Tony Gonzalez retired last season after 17  years. (USATSI)
Tony Gonzalez retired last season after 17 years. (USATSI)

After 17 seasons of putting together what likely will be a Hall of Fame career, former tight end Tony Gonzalez has joined the CBS team this year as an NFL analyst.

But that didn't stop multiple teams from calling him this offseason to see if he was interested in trying to win his first Super Bowl ring. While Gonzalez declined to name those squads during a CBS conference call on Thursday, it's interesting (and not at all surprising) that the 38-year-old still would draw interest.

But Gonzalez also made it clear that he doesn't want to play. Probably.

"There is probably no chance of me coming back to play," Gonzalez said. "I don't want to play anymore, to tell you the truth. I've had my fill."

Asked specifically about the Patriots possibly contacting him, Gonzalez -- even if he feels healthy after finishing last season with an 83-catch, 859-yard, eight-touchdown performance with the Falcons -- said he wasn't interested in chasing a ring.

"If it didn't happen up to this point," Gonzalez said, "it's not going to happen now."

Not everybody necessarily believes Gonzalez, though.

2014 Thursday Night Football schedule
DateWeekGameTime (ET)TVLocation
Sep. 41Green Bay at Seattle8:30 p.m.NBCCenturyLink Field
Sep. 112Pittsburgh at Baltimore8:25 p.m.CBS/NFL NetworkM&T Bank Stadium
Sep. 183Tampa Bay at Atlanta8:25 p.m.CBS/NFL NetworkGeorgia Dome
Sep. 254N.Y. Giants at Washington8:25 p.m.CBS/NFL NetworkFedEx Field
Oct. 25Minnesota at Green Bay8:25 p.m.CBS/NFL NetworkLambeau Field
Oct. 96Indianapolis at Houston8:25 p.m.CBS/NFL NetworkNRG Stadium
Oct. 167N.Y. Jets at New England8:25 p.m.CBS/NFL NetworkGillette Stadium
Oct. 238San Diego at Denver8:25 p.m.CBS/NFL NetworkSports Authority Field
Oct. 309New Orleans at Carolina8:25 p.m.NFL NetworkBank of America Stadium
Nov. 610Cleveland at Cincinnati8:25 p.m.NFL NetworkPaul Brown Stadium
Nov. 1311Buffalo at Miami8:25 p.m.NFL NetworkSun Life Stadium
Nov. 2012Kansas City at Oakland8:25 p.m.NFL NetworkO.co Coliseum
Nov. 2713Seattle at San Francisco8:30 p.m.NBC (Thanksgiving night)Levi's Stadium
Dec. 414Dallas at Chicago8:25 p.m.NFL NetworkSoldier Field
Dec. 1115Arizona at St. Louis8:25 p.m.NFL NetworkEdward Jones Dome
Dec. 1816Tennessee at Jacksonville8:25 p.m.NFL NetworkEverBank Field
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