Eventually, though, Gonzalez decided 2012 wouldn’t be his final season, but he promises 2013 will.
In an interview with NFL Network, Gonzalez was asked if 2013 would be his final year in the NFL.
“Without a doubt, yes. Without question,” Gonzalez said. “I told everybody I was going to retire last year, and I really meant that when I was saying that last year.”
Falcons’ fans can thank Gonzalez’s 12-year-old son for his retire this season.
“When I went home, I was able to talk to my family and my close circle – specifically, my son Nico – he was the reason I was going to retire, anyway. He lives out in LA with his mom, he doesn’t live with me during the season, so I wanted to spend more time with him,” Gonzalez said.
“(Nico) said, ‘You know what, Dad, you guys have a great team. I think you should go out and try it one more time.’ And after he said that, with everything that fell into place, with the type of team we’re going to have ... it was kind of a no-brainer.”
COWBOYS: Defensive tackle Josh Brent retired from football Thursday, saying “doing the right things in life” is more important as he prepares to defend himself against a manslaughter charge in the drunken-driving crash that killed a teammate.
Brent said he had “given a lot of thought” to his decision. His football career has been on hold since the Dec. 8 crash that killed Jerry Brown, a practice squad player, college teammate and close friend.
Brent is charged with intoxication manslaughter and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, though he could also get probation. Suburban Dallas police accused Brent of driving with a blood-alcohol content more than twice the legal limit the night of the crash.
He has also tested positive twice for marijuana while out on bond, and was briefly jailed after the second test.
JAGUARS: The team won’t have any training camp holdouts.
Jacksonville and sixth-round draft pick Josh Evans agreed to terms Thursday on a rookie contract. The last of the team’s eight draft picks to be under contract, the safety from Florida is expected to sign Monday. Under the rookie slotting system, he should get a signing bonus around $130,000.
With Evans agreeing, Jacksonville won’t have any rookie holdouts when camp begins next Friday.
The Jaguars have dealt with holdouts each of the last five years, beginning with defensive end Derrick Harvey’s 33-day absence in 2008. Left tackle Eugene Monroe, defensive lineman Tyson Alualu, quarterback Blaine Gabbert and receiver Justin Blackmon also failed to report on time.
Evans finished his college career with 154 tackles, five interceptions and 3½ sacks.