The variety of topics revealed in Seth Wickersham's ESPN The Magazine piece on Tony Gonzalez, including the Hall of Fame-bound tight end's thoughts on Matt Ryan's quarterback status and Gonzalez's apparent desire to be traded to a contender during this past season, created plenty conversation for days, maybe even weeks. One of the other subjects raised was whether Gonzalez would be enticed to come out of retirement or put retirement on hold if the Atlanta Falcons are Super Bowl contenders in 2014. Here is how it was presented in Wickersham's in-depth feature as he followed Gonzalez for the entire '13 season: Despite all the drama and disappointment this season, Gonzalez consistently confessed that he isn't so sure about retirement. At dinner with Matt Ryan one night, Gonzalez said, "Maybe, if the team is hot in November, 9-2 or something, I could come back for the last two months." I posed the exact same scenario to Gonzalez near the end of the season and he said no chance that would happen. Then again, he doesn't have a Super Bowl ring and one has to wonder if he would truly consider playing again under those circumstances. Before the final game of this past season, I asked Gonzalez's older brother, Chris, what would happen if a chance of winning that elusive ring presented itself with the Falcons. "Tony is his own person and his own man, but he's very receptive to certain people's opinions about things," Chris Gonzalez said. "Fortunately, I'm one of those people. I'm frank with him and up front. But that would be a decision based on how well he's feeling, and I doubt Tony will ever get out of shape. You talk to him at age 60 and he's still going to be in shape.
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