NFL Draft: Is Christian Gonzalez Related To Tony Gonzalez? Family Tree

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Fans have been speculating whether the newly drafted NFL player, Christian Gonzalez, is related to former American football player Tony Gonzalez. However, we can confirm that they are not related to each other!

The New England Patriots drafted Christian Gonzalez as the seventeenth overall pick in the first round of the 2023 NFL draft.

Christian Gonzalez
Christian Gonzalez (Source: Pro Football Rumors)

Christian played college football for the University of Colorado before transferring to the University of Oregon.

Before college, he attended The Colony High School and where he led the team to an 8-3 record.

The football player was rated as a four-star and one of the top 50 players from Texas by ESPN, Rivals, and 247 Sports.

Is Christian Gonzalez Related To Tony Gonzalez?

Football enthusiasts became curious when the seventeenth overall pick, Christian Gonzalez, was announced, wondering if he was related to former Chiefs and Falcons tight end player Tony Gonzalez.

While Christian and Tony share the same last name, they are not related to each other in any way.

Tony Gonzalez has an older brother named Chris Gonzalez, which may have caused confusion among some fans.

Tony Gonzalez With His Brother Chris Gonzalez
Tony Gonzalez With His Brother Chris Gonzalez (Source: Entertainment Weekly)

The Gonzalez brothers were featured in the 2015 documentary “Play It Forward,” which premiered at the Opening Gala during the Tribeca Film Festival.

Tony credits his older brother, Chris, for saving his life during childhood and helping him out during difficult stages of his career.

Moving on to his professional career, Tony competed for seventeen seasons in the National Football League.

The tight end played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1997 to 2008 before joining the Atlanta Falcons from 2009 to 2013.

The California-born player holds the record for most career receptions for a tight end and is the all-time leader in receiving yards by the tight end.

Family Tree Of Christian Gonzalez

Christian Gonzalez was born on June 28, 2002, to Temple and Hector Gonzalez in Carrollton, Texas.

His father, Hector, played collegiate basketball at the University of Texas. He played in 59 games in his college career, starting 10 of them.

Hector also played professional basketball in Colombia. On the other hand, Temple currently works as a teacher, as per the sources.

Christian Gonzalez With His Family
Christian Gonzalez With His Family (Source: Facebook)

Christian grew up with three siblings: two elder sisters, Melissa and Samantha, and one younger sister, Lily.

Both of his elder sisters, Melissa and Samantha, ran track and field at the University of Texas and the University of Miami, respectively.

The Gonzalez sisters have both competed for the Colombian national track and field team.

Furthermore, his sister, Melissa, is married to the Arizona Cardinals quarterback David Blough.

College Career

Christian initially committed to play college football at Purdue University but later joined the University of Colorado.

He played for 18 games for the Colorado Buffaloes and made 65 solo tackles and 13 assisted tackles.

The cornerback then joined the University of Oregon, where he started 12 games, making 35 tackles and 15 assisted tackles.

After that season, he declared for the 2023 NFL draft forgoing his remaining two years of college eligibility.

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