As the airplane descended into Kansas City, just hours before the 47th annual 101 Awards, Tony Gonzalez allowed himself to reminisce, not only about his 41 years on this earth, but also about the 12 seasons he spent as a Chief. Gonzalez, the 13th overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft and this year’s inductee in the Chiefs’ Ring of Honor, doesn’t get back here much, so he couldn’t help but marvel at how much he, and the city, has changed. For one, there’s way more to do downtown than there was back then, he said, back when he and his teammates celebrated the opening of chain restaurants like P.F. Chang’s and Cheesecake Factory. But his personal change, in retrospect, is stunning, he admitted. The former star tight end has come a long way since his rookie year, when he dropped 17 passes as a rookie, the most in the NFL, and was ripped by former Kansas City Star columnist Jason Whitlock in his uber-popular year-end grades. “He gave me a D-minus in the paper, and said that it was another bust by the Kansas City Chiefs,” Gonzalez reminisced with a laugh while at the 101 Awards banquet at the Westin Crown Center. But in retrospect, Gonzalez added, it was the best thing that ever happened to him. So was the booing at Arrowhead that year from fans fed up with his focus drops. Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/.html#storylink=cpy