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Tony Gonzalez credits fans for return

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03:18 PM ET 04.05 | Although he spent much of the 2012 season saying he was 95 percent sure it would be his last, Tony Gonzalez decided to play another season. A lot of people, including fans, played a big role in influencing Gonzalez to spend another season with the Atlanta Falcons. In this radio interview with "Mike & Mike in the Morning," Gonzalez said owner Arthur Blank, coach Mike Smith, Thomas Dimitroff and receiver Roddy White were among those that lobbied hard for him to play another season. ???It was a combination of my teammates, the front office, the coaches, the ownership and also the fans as well, seeing the stuff they did for me on Facebook and then my family," Gonzalez said. ???I would have felt like the biggest jerk if I did say after all that, ???Hey, I want to retire."

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April 5, 2013  03:39 PM ET

He's right, of course. Without the fans, the owners wouldn't have the $$$$ he'll be getting.

April 5, 2013  04:00 PM ET

It's pretty hard not to like this guy.

April 5, 2013  04:47 PM ET

If he was honest he would credit a bunch of dead presidents.

April 5, 2013  05:49 PM ET

I just knew he wasn't ready for a rocking chair.

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April 6, 2013  06:10 AM ET

He's not going to retire after this upcoming season either.

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