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Former Chief Tony Gonzalez joins CBS Sports as NFL analyst

02/18/2014 12:56 PM

02/18/2014 6:01 PM

It sure didn’t take long for recently-retired former Chiefs star Tony Gonzalez to find his next gig.

CBS announced Tuesday that Gonzalez will be joining the network as an analyst on its NFL pre-game show, The NFL Today.

"Having just stepped off the playing field, Tony brings a fresh and insightful perspective," CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said in a statement. "As a future Hall of Famer, we are excited for him to share his knowledge, experiences and opinions with our viewers. Tony was one of the most respected and hardworking players in the NFL and a tremendous teammate. We look forward to him bringing these attributes to CBS Sports."

Gonzalez will join James Brown, Bill Cowher and Boomer Esiason on the show, as the network also announced that Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe, two longtime mainstays on the program, will not return in 2014.

"While we welcome Tony, we want to acknowledge Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe who have contributed greatly to the success of The NFL Today for more than a decade," said CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus. "Dan and Shannon are true Hall of Famers on the field and in front of the camera. As they pursue other professional opportunities, we thank them for their hard work and dedication and wish them nothing but the best."

Gonzalez played 17 years in the NFL, including 12 with the Chiefs, before he retired after this season. He is the NFL’s all-time leader in touchdowns with 111 and yards with 15,127 by a tight end. He also is the NFL’s all-time leader in consecutive starts with 120 and Pro-Bowl appearances with 14 by a tight end.

Gonzalez has experience in the media. He began his television career as host of the local television show "Chiefs Locker Room" and appeared on several national programs.

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