Gonzalez breaks tight ends record for most catches

Updated: December 30, 2007, 9:44 PM ET
Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kansas City's Tony Gonzalez broke the NFL record for receptions by a tight end, catching his 816th career pass early in the third quarter against the New York Jets on Sunday.

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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, statistically."

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 season 4-3.

"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."

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