Hall of Fame quest begins for Chiefs great Tony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez wants to be in the Chiefs’ Ring of Honor

The future Hall of Famer explains the moment he realized he definitely was looking forward to it.
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The future Hall of Famer explains the moment he realized he definitely was looking forward to it.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame quest for former Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez is now official.

Gonzalez, who spent 12 of his 17 NFL seasons with the Chiefs, was one of 102 modern era nominees for the Class of 2019 announced on Thursday.

Gonzalez was one of the game’s most productive players. He ranks second in NFL history with 1,325 receptions and is the Chiefs’ career record holder for receptions (916) and receiving yards (10.940).

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Joining Gonzalez on the ballot are three other players in their first year of eligibility: cornerback Champ Bailey, safety Ed Reed and linebacker London Fletcher.

Also on the ballot are former Chiefs coaches Marty Schottenheimer and Dick Vermeil.

The nominees will be reduced to 25 in November and 15 in January. The selection committee will meet on Feb. 2, 2019, at the Super Bowl in Atlanta to elect the class. Four-to-eight new members will be selected.

Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and linebacker Reggie Ragland look towards this weekends game and what it will take to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Before then, Gonzalez will be inducted in the Chiefs Ring of Honor on Dec. 13.

It could be a banner year for the Chiefs in this next class. Besides the modern-era nominees, Johnny Robinson, a star on the 1960s Chiefs teams that went to two Super Bowls and won one, was selected as a Senior nominee for enshrinement.

Former Chiefs all-pro Tony Gonzalez is a fan of Travis Kelce and is looking forward to see how much he improves his blocking and receiving over the next few years.

Blair Kerkhoff

Blair Kerkhoff covers the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals and college sports for The Star.

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