TE Gonzalez, Goodbye Kansas City Chiefs, Hello Atlanta Falcons!

April 28, 2009 at Kansas City, Missouri, Gonzalez put up a conference at a downtown hotel to bid farewell to the people of the city, most especially to the fans of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Gonzales was previously chosen by the Chiefs during the 1st round of the 1997 NFL Draft. Started his professional career at 21, he had shown superb action in the field during his rookie season with the Chiefs with 33 receptions and 2 touchdowns, which actually helped the team to finish with the best record in the American Football Conference.

For more than a decade, TE had been part of the Chiefs family, and had been part of the city itself. Although he obviously resembles a mixed emotion about leaving the city, TE, on the other hand, do not have any ill feeling towards the Chiefs head coach Todd Haley and Gen. Manager Scott Pioli. Gonzalez, also told in the conference, that although they haven’t won a playoff game yet, still, he wouldn’t trade it with anything, pertaining to the team, and the city, where TE had found his niche for the last 11 years.

As Kansas City says “goodbye” to Gonzalez, will it be a “welcome” at Atlanta? As Gonzalez shown his melancholy about leaving the city, and stated that he feels anxious, scared, and even a little weird in being with the Falcons, will it be a positive reception for him as he arrives there? Will the people of Atlanta welcoming a stranger that they once considered as a contender? Nevertheless, despite of the anxiety, Gonzalez looks at the positive side of it. He even announced that he actually feels excited in going out there, to meet new people, in particular the players of Atlanta, and be a part of his new family.

Tony Gonzalez was traded by the Chiefs to the Atlanta Falcons on April 23, 2009, in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Hollis Thomas released by the New Orleans Saints

April 29, 2009, it was announced that the New Orleans Saints have released their defensive tackle Hollis Thomas.
Hollis was originally selected by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 1996, and then he was traded to the Saints in 2006 where he played under the New Orleans Saints for three seasons.

The 13-year NFL veteran had been considered as one of the key factors of the Saints’ defense, especially when he is in good shape. In fact, during the 2006 season, the defensive tackle had made a great impact why the New Orlean Saints make it to the NFC Championship game for the very first time.
On August 14, 2008, on a game against the Houston Texans, Thomas was badly injured resulting to torn triceps on his right arm, which later on, made the team decide to release him on September 11. Although after the injury has been cured, the Saints signed him again on November 3.
Though Thomas had been reportedly having conditioning issues with the Saints, Head Coach Sean Payton still shows his disappointment about Thomas leaving his team, telling that “He (relating to Thomas) has been a big part of what we have accomplished here.”

Brett retiring from the New York Jets

On Feb. 11, 2009, the 39 year old Brett Lorenzo Favre #4, QB of the New York Jets, declared that he is ending his professional football career and has no plans of coming back.

Having been an 18 year veteran, Brett has spent his 16 years of career with the Green Bay Packers. Playing as their starting quarterback from 1992 till 2007 NFL seasons, and having been named as one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the league, Favre has been one of the drivers that led the Packers to its victories. Several of those were when he led the Packers to 7 division championships from 1995-97, 2002-04, and 2007; NFC Championship games from 1995-97, 2007; 1 Super Bowl Championship (Super Bowl XXXI) and more.

But this is not the first time Favre announced his retirement. Just this March, after a loss against the Giants on January 2008, Favre told his quitting. But eventually he requested his return to the team before the start of the last season.

The Packers traded Brett to the Jets prior to the 2008 season. Since then, Brett had shown quite a good performance with the Jets, which even made him selected as the FedEx Air Player of the Week on week four of the 2008 season, where Brett threw 6 touchdowns against the Cardinals. Though on Dec. 29, 2008, the news revealed that Favre has torn biceps tendon on his right shoulder. However, Brett later announced that there’s no need for a major surgery for his injury.
When the season ended, the words of Favre to Jets’ General Manager Mike Tannenbaum may have been a hint, saying “it may be time to look in a different direction,” pertaining about his position being the quarterback of the New York Jets. Until finally, on Feb. 11, 2009, he told the team that he is retiring for good.

Will it be really goodbye for Favre? Or will he changed his mind again? Whatever decision he made or will make later, surely, Brett Favre will live his own legacy in the history of NFL.

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