But Gonzalez isn’t satisfied. He wants to spend the next two games and the preparation for them getting even better than he is today.
It sounds like a futile effort considering there are just eight quarters of football left in his career and no hope for the postseason as his swan song, but it’s not in Gonzalez’s DNA to just show up for his final two games and coast through them.
“I am going about my business, because I don’t want to lose focus on my job and what I have to do,” Gonzalez said Friday. “I still have to go out there and play. Even though it’s only two games, I still want to go out there and put the very best of me out there that I can, and I don’t want to leave any stone unturned. That’s always been my approach. I’m not going to change now.”
Gonzalez told the media Friday about a bet he had with wide receiver Roddy White this week that Gonzalez could touch the 11-foot-high ceiling in the locker room. Gonzalez said he hadn’t touched it in three years, but with what Gonzalez termed a cash amount that will soon be in his pocket on the line against White, he nailed it.
Gonzalez said he’s been working on his body and trying different things recently. Something called fusionetics is what Gonzalez credits with the sudden spring to his locker room jump and the increase in his flexibility in recent weeks.
For the first time in his career this week, Gonzalez said he’s been trying stretches before going to bed each night, just to give himself that extra edge.
“I’m trying to improve,” Gonzalez said. “I’m trying to do whatever I can to be the best player that I can be, especially with these two weeks.”