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Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez(notes), who has been in the league since the Kansas City Chiefs picked him in the first round of the 1997 draft, is thinking he may retire if the NFL lockout results in no 2011 season, according to

"That would be devastating because I don't want to go out like that," Gonzalez said Tuesday, according to the site. "That would be the only reason I would more than likely not come back. If we miss the whole season and I have to sit out a year, I just think, at [age] 35, sitting out a whole year of football and waiting for it to come back, I just don't know if my body could. I just want to be smart about it."

The 11-time Pro Bowler also said that he considered retiring this offseason but decided to return because the Falcons have such talent, the site reports. "We got a good football team, that's the first reason," Gonzalez said. "It's a great opportunity to go out there and handle some unfinished business."

In his career, Gonzalez has 1,069 receptions for 12,209 yards and 88 receiving touchdowns.

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