Kansas City Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt announced that former tight end and Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez will be the 2018 inductee into the team’s Hall of Fame late Friday afternoon.
“Tony Gonzalez is the greatest tight end in the history of the National Football League and one of the greatest Chiefs of all time,” Hunt said. “In his 12 seasons in Kansas City, he revolutionized his position, and his record-breaking performances and commitment to the Kansas City community made him one of the most beloved players in the Chiefs Kingdom. As a family and as an organization, we are excited to have the chance to celebrate Tony and his incredible career in the coming season, and we look forward to adding his name to its rightful place in the Ring of Honor at Arrowhead this fall.”
Gonzalez is the 48th individual and 44th player to earn the honor, which will be celebrated at 101 Awards on February 24. The official enshrinement ceremony will be held during the team’s alumni weekend this fall.
During his 12 seasons with the Chiefs, Gonzalez set franchise records for receptions (916), receiving yards (10,940), receiving touchdowns (76) and 100-yard games (26). He caught at least one pass in a club-record 131 consecutive games en route to 10 Pro Bowls and five first-team All-Pro selections from the Associated Press while a member of the Chiefs.
“I’m so proud to have been a part of the Chiefs for 12 seasons and will always feel like a part of their family,” Gonzalez said. “Kansas City is dear to me and I am honored to be inducted into their Hall of Fame.”
This is as no-brainer a Chiefs Hall of Famer as it gets, and it will be nice to see Gonzalez’s name displayed at Arrowhead Stadium starting sometime next season.