[KC Chiefs.com] The Chiefs announced on Monday that TE Tony Gonzalez has been named the club’s 2008 Derrick Thomas Award winner. The honor is voted on by Chiefs players and will be officially presented at the 39th annual 101 Banquet on March 7th.
As a tribute to the late Derrick Thomas, the Chiefs annual Most Valuable Player Award was renamed in his honor following his death in February of 2000.
Gonzalez earned his 10th consecutive Pro Bowl appearance in 2008. The 12-year NFL veteran is taking home the Derrick Thomas Award for the first time in his career. He led all NFL tight ends with 96 catches for 1,058 yards (11.0 avg.) and 10 TDs in 2008 and became the first tight end in NFL history to log four career 1,000-yard seasons. Gonzalez secured the NFL’s tight end triple crown in 2008, ranking first in NFL history among tight ends in receptions (916), receiving yards (10,940), and TD receptions (76).