Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez taking his talents to the big screen

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The greatest tight end of all time is making a dash for Hollywood. Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez spent 17 years in the NFL and totaled 1,325 receptions for 15,127 yards and 111 touchdowns in 270 games — third all-time in catches and sixth all-time in yards.

After retiring from professional football, Gonzalez became an analyst for CBS and Fox until 2021 while also appearing in a handful of NCIS episodes from 2014 to 2016. For much of his post-football career, Tony G has pursued acting, primarily coming up empty-handed in auditions.

Michael Rothstein of ESPN detailed the former Chief and Falcon’s journey to the big stage, including studying Matthew McConaughey, Mark Wahlberg, Marlon Brando, Matt Damon, Denzel Washington, Jennifer Lawrence, Al Pacino, and Robert DeNiro.

All of that hard work has come to fruition; Gonzalez will play the role of Desmond Porter on “Long Slow Exhale,” where he’ll play a former player and father — something he can directly identify with. Ironically, the series creator, Pam Veasey, is the mother of current Falcons cornerback Avery Williams.

It is amazing to see former NFL stars like Gonzalez, Michael Strahan, and Merlin Olsen make it on the big screen. It just goes to show many of these players aren’t just great at football, and many of them would’ve been successful in whichever venture they pursued. 

Photographer: Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire

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