Tony Gonzalez elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Feb 05, 2019, 01:14
Tony Gonzalez elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

"It caught me off guard when they say the knock is going to be a big, boisterous knock; they weren't lying", said Kevin Mawae, who played center for three National Football League teams.

Defense dominated the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2019, a day before two of the NFL's most high-powered offenses will face each other to decide Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

In a 17-year career that ended with the 2013 season, Gonzalez caught 1,325 passes, the second most in National Football League history, for 111 touchdowns.

Gonzalez spent 12 years in Kansas City after being drafted by the Chiefs in 1997.

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In 12 seasons - all but one of them with the Ravens - Reed amassed 643 combined career tackles, 113 pass deflections, 64 interceptions and 14 total touchdowns.

The HOF induction ceremony will take place in Canton, Ohio in August.

Center Kevin Mawae, who spent a year on then-Bears coach John Fox's staff in 2016, was voted in by the selection committee, as were cornerbacks Ty Law and Champ Bailey.

Reed is the first pure safety to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility since Ken Houston in 1986. Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and executive Gil Brandt were also elected. Brandt helped build one of the most dominant franchises in sports along with Hall of Famers Tex Schramm and Tom Landry.

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Gonzalez earned the first of six first team selections to the Associated Press All-Pro team.

His high praise for Atlanta and the Falcons left some Chiefs fans frustrated with a player many have loved for more than two decades.

Mawae, a three-time All-Pro lineman during a career that spanned from 1994 through 2009, also said he was excited when he heard the news. Reed, selected to nine Pro Bowls, was named the NFL's 2004 defensive player of the year. In his 16 seasons, Mawae was a part of a line that blocked for a 1000-yard rusher 13 times, names that include Curtis Martin, Travis Henry and Chris Johnson (rushed for 2000 yards in 2009). In his career with the Chiefs, Robinson won four division titles, three AFL championships and started in two Super Bowls.

Brandt's eye for talent helped the Dallas Cowboys post 20 consecutive winning seasons (1966-85) during his tenure from 1960-88.

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