But with the Falcons off to a 1-3 start, you have to wonder if the 37-year-old Gonzalez might change his mind again.
"No. No, you can’t keep chasing it" Gonzalez said Friday. "I’ve chased it long enough and I’ve tried long enough. I think I’ve chased it three or four years longer than I thought I would. This is it. And I’m going to enjoy it no matter what happens."
He would enjoy it more if the Falcons started to play like the Super Bowl contender most everyone expected them to be.
"Hopefully, we turn this thing around, because I don’t want to be in that position where I’m even thinking about coming back because we didn’t have a successful season," Gonzalez said. "This is something that I still think we have a very good football team."
Gonzalez continues to play like he did in his prime. He is coming off a career-high 149 receiving yards (12 catches) against the New England Patriots. He draws double coverage constantly.
Going into the Falcons-Jets matchup on ESPN’s "Monday Night Football" Gonzalez needs just one catch to reach 200 consecutive games with a catch, the longest active streak in the NFL. He could join Jerry Rice as the only two players in league history to post a catch in 200 straight games. Rice caught a pass in 274 consecutive games.
"It’s amazing,’’ Gonzalez said. "You grow up watching a guy like that. I’m from California, and I watched him up at the 49ers. I actually played against him a couple of times when he was with the Raiders and the 49ers. It’s amazing. It’s something that I never thought would happen.
"I’ve been very fortunate to be able to stick around and be healthy long enough to be able to do 200 games like that -- well, I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch. Hopefully, I can get that catch (Monday)."