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Gonzalez to return for 2013

(Sports Network) - Future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez said he was set to retire at the conclusion of the 2012 season, but he left the door open just a little after the Atlanta Falcons came close to a Super Bowl appearance.

Now, it's wide open.

Gonzalez, via Twitter, said he is set to come back for another run with the Falcons, who lost to San Francisco in the NFC title game last January.

"I'm happy to say that after speaking with my family, I'm coming back," Gonzalez wrote. "The lure of being on such a great team and organization, along with unbelievable fan support was too good to pass up. We have a great shot to get to the Super Bowl, RISE UP ATLANTA!"

Gonzalez, who just turned 37 years old last month, has spent the past four seasons with the Falcons and last year showed no signs of slowing down with 93 receptions for 930 yards and eight touchdowns in 16 games.

With 1,242 career receptions, he trails only Jerry Rice on the all-time list. He owns all the significant tight end records, including most career receiving yards (14,268), most receptions in a single season (102 in 2004) and most touchdown catches (103).

Gonzalez spent his first 12 seasons with Kansas City and has missed just two games since being selected with the 13th overall pick of the 1997 draft.

03/12 13:44:52 ET

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