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Tony Gonzalez says Super Bowl could make retirement chances 100 percent

Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez has not ruled out coming back for the 2013 season, but the team winning the Super Bowl would make retirement almost a certainty.

Streeter Lecka

Although Tony Gonzalez feels that his retirement chances are at 95 percent, a victory by the Atlanta Falcons in this year's Super Bowl could push that number to 100 percent.

Gonzalez told The Sporting News that he is most likely going to retire following this season, and a win in Super Bowl XLVII would mean the end of his playing career.

"That five percent is just something for just in case," Gonzalez said. "You never want to say never."

In his 16-year NFL career, Gonzalez has compiled over 14,000 receiving yards and 103 touchdowns. The 12-time Pro Bowler and future hall of famer has done just about everything a player could except win a Super Bowl, so it's fitting that he is trying to hold out retiring as long as possible to win a ring.

Despite being 36 years old, he has shown no signs of slowing down for the Falcons in 2012. He has 81 catches for 831 yards and seven touchdowns.

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