In a 17-year NFL career, former Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons star Tony Gonzalez ultimately became the greatest tight end to ever play the position. He played in 14 Pro Bowls, was named first-team All-Pro six times and caught 1,325 passes for 15,127 yards and 111 touchdowns in a remarkable career.
However, he never won the elusive Super Bowl that he chased so desperately throughout his career, and that’s set to be a major subject in an upcoming Showtime documentary about his life and career that will air in October. NFL.com reports Play It Forward, will be an in-depth film on Gonzalez that features an intimate portrait of the relationship between Tony and his brother Chris, who taught Gonzalez how to play football and stood at his side as he became a future Hall of Famer who should go down as one of the best at any position of his era.
The films director, Andrea Nevins, said the following in the NFL.com report:
“I’m so appreciative of Tony and his family, who were open and honest in what proved to be such an emotional series of events we bore witness to,” said director Andrea Nevins. “We’re so excited to share the Gonzalez family’s very human story of dreams deferred, loss, and ultimately triumph.”
The film was produced by Michael Strahan and it premiered at the 2015 Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival. It was the only film not produced by ESPN to ever win the festival’s opening gala spot in the nine-year history of the event.
Gonzalez always seemed like a really nice guy but he was always incredibly buttoned up, so seeing him open up on how badly he wanted to win a title and everything he sacrificed in an attempt to get there that ultimately came up short should make for compelling television.