Gonzalez, who came in needing three catches to break Shannon
Sharpe's mark, tied it with a 7-yard reception on the Chiefs' first
play of the second half. Two plays later, Gonzalez broke the record
by taking a short pass from Brodie Croyle and gaining 17 yards.
"It's honestly one of the only positive things I can take from
the season," Gonzalez said after the Chiefs' 13-10 overtime loss.
"I was able to go out there and surpass a really good tight end in
Shannon Sharpe. Individually, it's been a pretty good year,
Gonzalez finished with seven catches, giving him 99 for the
season and 820 for his career. The big tight end wasn't in the mood
to celebrate after the Chiefs fell to 4-12 after starting the
"Teamwise, which is what really counts at this point in my
career, it's bittersweet," he said. "It leaves a bad taste in my
mouth. The record is something I will enjoy after I get home and
clear my head a little bit and enjoy what I accomplished."
Gonzalez, selected for his ninth straight Pro Bowl earlier this
month, also holds the record for tight ends with 66 touchdown
catches. With 9,882 career yards receiving, Gonzalez is just 179
from breaking Sharpe's mark in that category.
"He's always available," coach Herman Edwards said. "You set
records like this by being an available player. He's been that way
his whole career. He's a Pro-Bowl player. The longer he plays, the
more records he's going to set."