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Tony Gonzalez Becomes First Tight End With 1,000 Catches

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez became only the seventh player - and first tight end - in NFL history to catch 1,000 passes. He joins an elite group that includes Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison, Cris Carter, Tim Brown, Isaac Bruce and Terrell Owens.

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He was held catchless through the first 33 minutes against the Steelers on Sunday but finally reached the milestone with 11:16 remaining in the third quarter. He caught the 20-yard pass on a seam route behind Steelers linebacker Lamarr Woodley and in front of Troy Polamalu.

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He thought he had set the record about a minute earlier but his catch and run was called back when replay revealed he had stepped out of bounds.

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