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    • Tony had a case of Bell's Palsy, a stroke-like virus, during the NFL 2007 offseason, but recovered a day or so later.

    • Tony in 28 games (six starts), averaging 6.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game as a junior at California.

    • As a member of the basketball squad Tony appeared in 28 games (seven starts) averaging 5.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game as a sophomore at California.

    • Tony played in all 11 games as a sophomore, finishing 3rd on the team with 37 receptions for 541 yards (14.6 avg) and a pair of TDs.

    • Tony scored 29 points (a career-high) vs. Washington State at California.

    • Tony appeared in 26 basketball games (three starts) as a freshman, averaging 7.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.

    • Tony played in ten football games as a freshman, catching eight passes for 62 yards with one TD.

    • Tony majored in Communications at California.

    • As a member of the Cal basketball squad Tony played in 82 career contests (16 starts) averaging 6.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

    • At California Tony played in 33 games in three seasons catching 89 passes for 1,302 yards (14.6 avg.) with eight touchdowns.

    • In 1999 Tony donated 200 flag football uniforms to the Kansas City Boys & Girls Clubs and helped the club receive a $75,000 NFL/LISC grant to build a flag football field in Kansas City's Cleveland Park and also gives 10 season tickets for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City.

    • Tony played in 15 games (15 starts), caught it 73 times for 900 yards, and 5 TDs in the 2006 season with the Chiefs.

    • Tony played in 16 games (16 starts), caught it 78 times for 905 yards, and 2 TDs in the 2005 season with the Chiefs.

    • Tony played in 16 games (16 starts), caught it 102 times (career high) for 1258 yards (Also a career high), and 7 TDs in the 2004 season with the Chiefs.

    • Tony played in 16 games (16 starts), caught it 71 times for 916 yards, and 10 TDs in the 2003 season with the Chiefs.

    • Tony played in 16 games (16 starts), caught it 63 times for 773 yards, and 7 TDs in the 2002 season with the Chiefs.

    • Tony played in 16 games (16 starts), caught it 73 times for 917 yards, and 6 TDs in the 2001 season with the Chiefs.

    • Tony played in 16 games (16 starts), caught it 93 times for 1203 yards, and 9 TDs in the 2000 season with the Chiefs.

    • Tony played in 15 games (15 starts), caught it 76 times for 849 yards, and 11 TDs (career high) in the 1999 season with the Chiefs.

    • Tony played in 16 games (16 starts), caught it 59 times for 621 yards, and had 2 TDs in the 1998 season with the Chiefs.

    • In Tony's rookie year in 1997 season with the Chiefs he played in 16 games (Zero games started) caught 33 passes for 368 yards and a pair of TDs.

    • Tony ranks 2nd in all time receptions right behind Shannon Sharpe by a tight end.

    • Tony has "Flipped the switch" for Kansas City's Plaza Lights and the Mayor's Christmas Tree some time in 2001.

    • Tony has served as a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Transportation Safety Campaign and the state of Kansas School Safety Hotline.

    • Tony was the NFL Spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for Breast Cancer from 1999 to 2000.

    • Tony hosts a yearly "Shop with a Jock" holiday shopping spree for seventy-five children.

    • Tony developed the "Elite 88" program based on his TD catches to help the Shadow Buddies program in 2003.

    • Tony was named the "2004 NFL Good Guy" by The Sporting News for his generous efforts.

    • Tony was named 2000 Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City "Role Model of the Year" which was selected by the children

    • Tony was once invited to the Laureus Sports Awards in Estoril, Portugal in 2005 and 2006.

    • Tony once served as the Chiefs United Way spokesperson from 2000 to 2002

    • Tony authored a book for adolescents in 2005 called Catch & Connect, giving practical advise on growing up based on Tony's experiences.

    • Tony was inducted into the Boys & Girls Club National Hall of Fame in Boston in May 2006.

    • Gonzalez served as a consultant for the Oliver Stone film Any Given Sunday.

    • Tony set the Chiefs' single-season receiving record with 84 catches to go with 1,071 yards and eight touchdowns in 2000.

    • Tony's first pro catch was a 22-yard effort from Elvis Grbac at Denver against the Broncos (8/31/97).

    • In three seasons at California University, Tony played in 33 games, catching 89 passes for 1,302 yards with eight touchdowns.

    • Tony has appeared on MTV Cribs, and most recently the NBC show Celebrity Cooking Showdown.

    • Tony has a son who was born in 2001 with his ex-Lauren Sanchez.

    • Tony is a mix of African American, Jamaican, Indian and Cape Verdian.

    • Tony owns and shares along with Warren Moon several Baja Fresh restaurant franchises in Kansas City, and in Newport Beach, California.

    • Tony set a record by catching 102 passes, the most ever caught by an NFL tight end in a single season in 2004.

    • Tony is the only tight end in NFL history to have 4 consecutive games gaining over 100 yards in receiving.

    • Tony was the 13th overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft.

    • Tony tried out for the Miami Heat but was unsuccessfull.

    • Tony played basketball and helped his team beat Villanova in the 1997 NCAA tournament, where they went on to reach the Sweet 16.

    • Tony was named the Co-Orange County High School Athlete of the Year.

    • Tony was named Orange County and Sunset League MVP in basketball as he averaged 26.0 points per game, shooting 65 percent from the field (234 of 365) as a senior in 1994.

    • Tony was named first-team All-America selection as a tight end and a linebacker.

    • As a senior Tony caught 62 passes for 945 yards and 13 touchdowns.

    • Tony attended Huntington Beach High School in Huntington Beach, California where he played basketball and football.

  • Quotes

    • Tony: Relish the role and ride the wave. Be cautious at all times. As fast you get it, it can be taken away

    • Tony: (On Anotnio Gates)I am happy for Antonio. He came out and played great today, one of the best games I have ever seen by a tight end.

    • Tony: That's why he's one of the best in the league. That's why we go out there and play hard for ourselves and for him. For him to come out in those circumstances That's why I love playing with him.

    • Tony: Leadership doesn't come from age. He's a young leader. He's not just any other backup quarterback coming into the game. We know what he's capable of.

    • Tony: Ryan: just took control of the offense. He was poised. He just made plays. Matt: is a great quarterback. The more he plays, the better he's going to get. He just needs to get on the field to show his ability.

    • Tony: If he ever had the chance, he'd catch 70 to 80 balls a year easy, The guy catches everything. You can't cover him.

    • Tony: That's a picture of the girl he hooked up with the first night we went out during training camp. I'm not kidding. That's her almost exactly.

    • Tony: I don't like second place; I'm out there trying to win everything.