[Kansas City.com] Tony Gonzalez used to let himself get worked up when he was called out by yet another young tight end aspiring to be him.
When Cleveland’s Kellen Winslow Jr. recently claimed for himself the title as the best in the business, Gonzalez was more amused than anything else.
But Gonzalez took notice. This week, with the Chiefs preparing for Sunday’s game against Winslow’s Browns in Cleveland, he couldn’t let it pass without comment.
“I respect him as a player,” Gonzalez said. “It’s just funny the way some guys conduct themselves, fall into the trap of trying to get exposure. Really, what counts is what you do on the field. You really don’t have to say too much or you shouldn’t have to say too much.”
“That’s how I’ve always approached it. I don’t have to tell you how good I am. I want you guys to watch and tell me how good I am. That’s when it’s real, when somebody else says that about you.”
Winslow, in his first full NFL season, is proving to be a worthy challenger to Gonzalez and San Diego’s Antonio Gates as the best pass-catching tight end. Winslow is third in the league in catches with 66, far ahead of Gonzalez and Gates.
Gonzalez doesn’t dispute Winslow’s ability or potential. The son of a Pro Football Hall of Famer who was a pioneer among pass-catching tight ends, Winslow reminds Gonzalez of himself shortly after he joined the Chiefs 10 seasons ago.
“He’s very similar,” Gonzalez said. “His body size and athleticism are the same.”
Gonzalez is puzzled by Winslow’s need to call attention to himself. In recently proclaiming that he was football’s best tight end, Winslow said, among other things, “My 90 percent is better than every tight end out there.”