However, the 37-year-old will now get one more chance to lace up his boots as he makes his record-equalling 14th trip to the Pro Bowl in his 17th year as an NFL player.
"Thought I played my last game a few weeks ago. Decided I have one more in me. Heading to Hawaii tomorrow for the Pro Bowl!" Gonzalez revealed on Twitter.
Gonzalez, who recorded 1,325 receptions for an NFL tight-end record 15,127 yards and 111 touchdowns during his career, is already the all-time leader in Pro Bowl receptions (42) and touchdowns (6).