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Tony Gonzalez: Denver Broncos will go undefeated, win Super Bowl

Tight end Tony Gonzalez went to 10 Pro Bowls in his 12 seasons with the Chiefs.
Tight end Tony Gonzalez went to 10 Pro Bowls in his 12 seasons with the Chiefs. THE KANSAS CITY STAR

Say it ain’t so, Tony.

Former Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez believes there’s no stopping the Denver Broncos this season. In fact, Tony G has a prediction for this season that would turn the stomach of any Chiefs fan.

In an interview with Bob Glauber of Newsday, Gonzalez said he believes the Broncos will finish the regular season with a 16-0 record and then roll straight through to a Super Bowl title — winning a rematch with Seattle.

“Right now, Denver has a team built just like the New England Patriots back when they went undefeated (in the 2007 regular season),” said Gonzalez, who caught 916 passes for 10,940 yards and 76 touchdowns in 12 seasons with the Chiefs.

“In looking at Denver in the preseason and Peyton Manning’s command of that offense, he’ll pick up right where he left off last year. And defensively, they went out like good organizations do and addressed their weaknesses.”

Gonzalez played with the Chiefs from 1997-2008 before being traded to the Atlanta Falcons. He played five seasons in Atlanta before retiring after last season.

Despite his personal accolades, Gonzalez won just one playoff game.

And this is where the story gets just a tad more difficult to stomach if you are a fan of the Chiefs.

Gonzalez, who will be on a pregame show on CBS, acknowledged that it could be tough to turn down an offer from a team with a shot at the Super Bowl should it come calling later this fall.

Wait, didn’t he say the Broncos are going to win it all? Gulp.

“The temptation would be there, but I don’t know what the gain would be,” Gonzalez said. “I’ve always wanted a ring. That’s been my main goal as a player over the last 15 years of my career. You’re really trying to get that ultimate goal.

“But I’d be a mercenary to come in and get a Super Bowl ring, play with a team for, what, six, seven weeks? And even if I got the ring, it wouldn’t be the same as going through the fight with the team from the beginning to the end. I don’t think that will happen. The temptation will be there, but I’m 100 percent happy with my decision.

“I was able to walk away from the game on my own terms. Not a lot of players get a chance to do that. I’m very fortunate to do that. I wouldn’t want to go back on that good luck.”

It’s safe to say that Chiefs fans agree that it would be a bad idea for Gonzalez to come back, particularly if it’s for the Broncos.