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Which Chief gets next Hall of Fame call? Tony Gonzalez is the most likely

Former Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez
Former Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez File photo

The enshrinement of Will Shields into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Sunday prompts this question: Who’s next from the Chiefs?

The answer is probably easy. Tony Gonzalez.

Gonzalez spent 12 of his 17 seasons with the Chiefs (1997 through 2008) and finished his career with the Atlanta Falcons. He holds the NFL record for receiving yards (15,217) receptions (1,325) and touchdown receptions (111) by a tight end.

He and three others, including Peyton Manning, hold the career record with 14 Pro Bowl appearances.

Gonzalez, who retired after the 2013 season, will become eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2019.

If anybody can beat Gonzalez to the Hall, it could be Johnny Robinson or Otis Taylor, through the Seniors Committee of the Hall’s voting panel.

Robinson is considered by some historians as the greatest defensive back in the history of the AFL. He’s a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s All-Time AFL Team, and the Hall’s Pro Football Team of the 1960s.

Taylor’s catch of a hitch pass and 46-yard run down the sidelines for a touchdown was the signature play of the Chiefs 23-7 win over Minnesota in Super Bowl IV. Big and fast, Taylor was the prototype for the next generation of receivers. However, his 410 career receptions rank 200th in NFL history.

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