Fans should forgive former Chiefs Tight End

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June 28, 2019 - 2:51 PM

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez celebrates after his record-setting 63rd touchdown catch of his career, against the Cincinnati Bengals on October 14, 2007, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. DAVID EULITT/ KANSAS CITY STAR/TNS

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — When Tony Gonzalez went to Utah last month to sit and be measured and otherwise probed for his Pro Football Hall of Fame bust by artist Blair Buswell, he understood that Buswell sought to convey his essence instead of his mere appearance.

Part of that meant simply asking Gonzalez what expression he wanted to project on a representation that Gonzalez figures “could be there for 1,000 years.” He considered the options presented by Buswell, who has molded some 100 of these for the Hall of Fame as its primary sculptor since 1983 and has been known to dissuade open-mouthed smiles for the bronzing — what with brown teeth seeming unappealing and all.

While Gonzalez wondered on Twitter if he should “mean mug or smile,” there never really was a question.

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