Tony Gonzalez was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1997 and promptly saw his team go 13-3 and secure a first round bye in the playoffs. Of course, the Chiefs went on to lose that game to the Denver Broncos, 14-10.
TG's next playoff chance wouldn't come until the 2003 season when the Chiefs started the season 9-0, finished 13-3 and again secured a first round playoff bye. They were one-and-done once again losing to Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, 38-31.
His third career playoff game came following the 2006 season when the Chiefs backed into the playoffs before losing in the wildcard round to the Colts, 23-8.
Three chances, three playoff losses.
Gonzalez has since been traded to the Atlanta Falcons who will host the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night. It's TG's first chance in four years at a playoff win and just his fourth opportunity in his Hall of Fame 14-year career.
Now that the Chiefs are out, I have to admit I'm cheering for the Falcons. I want TG to get his win. He's been arguably the best Chief of my generation (Will Shields, Willie Roaf up there, too) so of course he's one of my favorites.
I want TG to get a playoff win. Do you?