Tony Gonzalez on NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2013

Mike Ehrmann

The future Hall of Famer came in at number 47 on the list, which is based on player votes.

Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez was the first Falcon to be featured on NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2013 when the latest episode premiered on Thursday evening.

Many thought he had completed his Hall of Fame-caliber career following Atlanta's loss to the 49ers in the NFC Championship game, but Gonzalez is back for another year, much to his teammates' delight, and opponents' chagrin.

Tony's long and productive career has put him in a position to be the tight end to whom all other tight ends in the league are compared. He has set the standard for the position, particularly as a pass-catching tight end, and he continues to perform at a very high level. Champ Bailey expressed his surprise upon hearing that Gonzalez planned to retire, reiterating what Atlanta's general manager, Thomas Dimitroff, also said about Gonzalez--he still has so much left in the tank.

The segment featured a short clip from the divisional playoff game against Seattle, in which Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson commented, "He needs to go ahead and retire, I'm tired of him making plays." That's exactly why the Falcons, and fans, are so excited to have him back.

What do you think about Tony Gonzalez coming in at #47 on the Top 100 Players list? Should he have been lower, or higher? What other Falcons should make the list?

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