On Friday the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) announced its decision to honor NFL Tight End Tony Gonzalez, during their 31st Annual Award Ceremony held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC on September 12. For his positive impact and influence in the Latin community.
“The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is thrilled to recognize the career Tony Gonzalez as an NFL football player but also as a role model to young people across the country,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of HHF. “Tony will join another remarkable class of Hispanic Heritage Awardees who represent the great value, vision and promise of our community to America and the world.”
Gonzalez attended the University of California, Berkeley. Where he played football, basketball and majored in Psychology. During his time at Cal, he was first-team All-America while starting for the basketball team and leading them to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament.
His career spanned 17 years in the NFL, 12 with Kansas City after being their first-round pick in 1997, and five with Atlanta before his retirement in 2013. He is the NFL’s all-time leader in touchdowns (111) and yards (15,127) by a tight end. He also is the NFL’s all-time leader in consecutive starts (120) and Pro-Bowl appearances (14) by a tight end, and ranks second overall among all players in catches with 1,325 on his record. Known for his strength and durability, Gonzalez missed only two games during his 17-year career.
The former Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons All-Pro tight end is also a fixture on FOX Sports as a studio analyst and on FOX NFL Kickoff, Fox’s hour-long NFL pregame show preceding FOX NFL Sunday during the NFL season. He also is an author of two books, and an entrepreneur, developing multi-media programs that celebrate and advocate sports for children in an educational format. In 2015, “Play It Forward,” a documentary about Gonzalez and his brother, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was seen on Showtime. He can also include actor on his resume, co-starring on NCIS and in the feature film “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” alongside Vin Diesel.
The Hispanic Heritage Awards, which was created by the White House in 1987 to commemorate the establishment of Hispanic Heritage Month in America, are considered among the highest honors by Latinos for Latinos and are supported by 40 national Hispanic-serving institutions. Gonzalez will join Sister Norma Pimentel and the other Honorees who will be announced over the summer, followed by the performers, hosts and presenters.