Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez 'without a doubt' will be retiring after 2013

Tony Gonzalez says 2013 will 'without a doubt' be his final season in the NFL. (USATSI)
Tony Gonzalez says 2013 will 'without a doubt' be his final season in the NFL. (USATSI)

Going into the 2012 season, Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez was 95 percent sure he was going to retire. Then he was 97 percent sure. After that, only people with advanced calculus degrees knew how sure he was. 

Eventually, though, Gonzalez decided 2012 wouldn't be his final season, but he promises 2013 will. 

In an interview with NFL Network on Wednesday, Gonzalez was asked if 2013 would be his final year in the NFL. "Without a doubt, yes. Without question," Gonzalez said. "I told everybody I was going to retire last year, and I really meant that when I was saying that last year."

Even though Gonzalez said he was going to retire after the 2012 season, he didn't and the Falcons have Gonzalez's 12-year-old son to thank for that. 

"When I went home, I was able to talk to my family and my close circle -- specifically, my son Nico -- he was the reason I was going to retire, anyway. He lives out in LA with his mom, he doesn't live with me during the season, so I wanted to spend more time with him," Gonzalez said. "[Nico] said, 'You know what, Dad, you guys have a great team. I think you should go out and try it one more time.' And after he said that, with everything that fell into place, with the type of team we're going to have ... it was kind of a no-brainer."

The type of team the Falcons are going to have is probably a good one. Gonzalez thinks if everything falls into place, Atlanta could have the perfect offense. 

"With [Matt Ryan] pulling the trigger, with Roddy [White], Julio [Jones], myself, we're going to try and soften up that defense a lot where they got to stand back and play off us a little bit," Gonzalez said. "That is going to make big holes for a guy like Steven Jackson, and we should hopefully go out there and be the perfect offense."

Gonzalez sounds like a man who really likes his offense, maybe enough to return in 2014?

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