Former National Football League tight end Tony Gonzalez is an American of mixed-race descent. Even though his last name is Gonzalez, he is not Hispanic. Instead, he is of Caucasian- and Jamaican-descent from his grandmothers, while one of his grandfathers was part American Indian and part African-American and the other grandfather was a native of the Portuguese islands off of the West African coast.
Gonzalez was born in Torrance, California, on February 27, 1976. He played college football at the University of California and became a first-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs. Gonzalez played 12 seasons with the Chiefs, then an additional five seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.
Gonzalez was named to 14 Pro Bowls and 10 All-Pro teams. He was also the first tight end to catch more than 1,000 passes during his career. Gonzalez retired at the end of the 2013 season.