Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons, Tight End
To be honest, we didn’t think we’d be including Mr. Gonzalez on this year’s list because the 2012 season was supposed to be his final in what has been a storied career. But something happened on the way to retirement, Gonzalez and the Falcons had quite the 2012 season. They came just one game away from the Super Bowl losing to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game. Perhaps getting so close is what has Gonzalez coming back for a 17th season. The Falcons should greatly benefit from the surefire Hall-Of-Famer and his 93 catches last season, bolstering what could be football’s most explosive receiving core. Also with Ray Lewis gone, Gonzalez can now borrow the “Player of Destiny” title and propel the Falcons to their first Super Bowl since 1999. It will also get Gonzalez that hardware that would be the icing on the cake to a great career.