Humble Tony Gonzalez closes in on NFL history

By George Henry

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Oct. 20 2011 3:51 p.m. MDT

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2011, file photo, Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez looks on from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Atlanta. Gonzalez needs four catches to move into second place on the NFL career receptions list, but the 15th-year tight end says this is no time to reflect on personal accomplishments with the Falcons preparing to visit Detroit.

John Bazemore, File, Associated Press

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Tony Gonzalez refuses to boast about himself as he moves closer to becoming the NFL's No. 2 career leader in receptions.

The 35-year-old Gonzalez has 10 Pro Bowl bids and already owns most of the meaningful league records by a tight end. He was the first to reach 1,000 catches and 12,000 yards receiving.

But as the Atlanta Falcons prepare to visit Detroit on Sunday, Gonzalez is ready to acknowledge another accomplishment within his reach: He needs four catches to move past Cris Carter and Marvin Harrison with 1,103 catches.

Gonzalez says his "clock inside" will tell him when he passes the mark, but adds that "it's one of those things in the heat of the battle you can't worry about," so he plans to relish it afterward.

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