NFLN survey/Super Bowl player: Chiefs

When ESPN put out the list of questions for the NFL Nation player survey, one looked to be a sure thing. Players were to be asked which active player not currently a teammate they would like to see play in a Super Bowl, the stipulation being that this player could not have played in a Super Bowl before.

I figured the answer would be close to unanimous: Tony Gonzalez.

But Gonzalez finished second in a close race. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson got 59 votes from players around the league; Gonzalez 56. In all, 92 players received at least one vote.

Peterson’s career will continue, so he at least will have more chances. Gonzalez says he’s retiring. He’s said that before so there’s a chance he will play again, but in case 2013 was it for Gonzalez, there will be no Super Bowl for him.

The best team Gonzalez played for was probably in his rookie season, 1997, for the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs finished 13-3, won the AFC West championship and faced the Denver Broncos in their opening playoff game.

The game matched the NFL’s two top teams that year, making it the de facto Super Bowl. In part because Gonzalez was ruled out of bounds on a play that should have been ruled a touchdown, the Chiefs lost 14-10 and watched as the Broncos went on to win the Super Bowl.