Tony Gonzalez lands inaugural spot in new PETA Hall of Fame for Animals

He’d rather go naked than wear fur. And in 2009 we saw what that looked like when Tony Gonzalez posed nude for one of those anti-fur PETA ads. Now the animal-rights group has awarded the former Kansas City Chiefs player with the first spot in its new Hall of Fame for Animals.

Gonzalez paved the way for other professional athletes to join PETA’s roster of supporters, the group said in its announcement on Monday. He and his wife, October, stripped down together.

Since then, Chase Utley, Terrell Suggs, Metta World Peace, Amar'e Stoudemire and other sports figures have joined PETA’s campaign.

"When Tony Gonzalez talks, the sports world listens — and when he and his wife bared it all to help animals abused on fur farms, the whole world took notice," PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange said in a statement. "Tony truly paved the way for professional athletes to partner with PETA and find their voice for animals."

The group recognized the Pro Bowler as he wraps up his NFL career, the first 12 seasons of which he spent with the Chiefs. He’s played the last five with the Atlanta Falcons.