FOXBOROUGH — He played last year 95 percent sure he would retire at the end of the season. Then the 5 percent won out, because Tony Gonzalez is playing again for the Atlanta Falcons. The 13-time Pro Bowler has said that 2013 will be his final season. Definitely.
Either way, Gonzalez will be on the field Sunday night, when the Patriots face the Falcons in the Georgia Dome. His snap count might be down (he is 37, after all), but the NFL’s career receptions leader for a tight end still earns a good chunk of the defensive focus.
“One of the best tight ends probably to ever play the game,” Patriots safety Steve Gregory said. “We’re going to have to be ready.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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