Tony Gonzalez has backed Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce to become one of the "great" NFL players of all-time.
The 39-year-old spent 12 years with the Chiefs, where he became the all-time leader in receptions, yards and touchdowns by a tight end and believes Kelce, in this third year as a pro, can go on to achieve similar numbers to what he achieved in his illustrious career.
"If he keeps his head on straight, he could go down as one of the best," Gonzalez said of Kelce. "He really can; I believe it.
"Obviously he’s got to stay healthy and be in some good systems, but he has that talent on and off the field to be a great one.
"You look at his size at 6 feet 5, 260 pounds and can run like the wind—he's a mismatch nightmare, but I think what really stands out with him and what I like the most about his game is his run after the catch. I think it’s the best in the league."
Kelce currently ranks higher than New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski for yards gained after the catch and revealed that Gonzalez does act as his inspiration to cement a lasting legacy in the NFL.
Kelce said: "Just by watching how he plays and talking to him, you can just tell without even being in the locker room with him that he was a guy who was in the weight room all of the time; he was out there on the field working techniques, working hand movements, working catches on the jugs all the time.
"It's really the off-the-field stuff that made [Gonzalez] so great. What he did on the field was just a reflection of the work he put in."