FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Speaking with CBSSports.com from the Super Bowl XLIV Media Center on Thursday, Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez admitted to very lofty expectations for the upcoming season while also hinting that it might be his last.
Gonzalez, a sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famer, was traded from Kansas City to Atlanta last offseason with the hope of winning an elusive championship ring. His first year with them was a success as he gave the Falcons a much-needed option aside from receiver Roddy White and running back Michael Turner. But injuries, Gonzalez said, were partially to blame for the team's 9-7 finish as Turner, quarterback Matt Ryan, guard Harvey Dahl and tackle Sam Baker all missed significant time.
"Staying healthy will be huge," Gonzalez said. "I really think that if we stay healthy and we improve off of what we did last year, selecting those plays that really worked for us and bringing in some more plays that work, we're going to be real good.
"This will be the best team that I ever played on, and that's music to my ears because this could potentially be my last season in the NFL. I'd love to go out on top, I'd love to be sitting here getting prepared to play next week."
Gonzalez, who is one catch shy of 1,000 for his career, has two simple goals for next season: Make a catch, and win a Super Bowl.
"The catch will come," Gonzalez said. "There is a silver lining -- even though I would have loved to have caught it the last game of the season, but since I didn't, I'm going to start the season off with a bang. If it's a home game then that will be that much more special to do it in front of the fans. But obviously, the Super Bowl, that's what I'm in it for now. I don't care about anything else."