Tony Gonzalez had one of the most prolific NFL careers and is considered one of the greatest tight ends to ever play the game. Before his time in the NFL, he was a football and basketball standout at his high school in Huntington Beach, California. He even shared a prestigious award with Tiger Woods. Now, the Hall of Famer works for Fox Sports and stars in his own podcast, but which California high school standout is more legendary?
Tiger Woods and Tony Gonzalez were both high school standouts
Gonzalez’s dominance in the NFL is common knowledge, but his early days crushing his competition at Huntington Beach High School isn’t as well known. He was a double threat, both on the football field and basketball court, and even played both in college at the University of California, Berkeley. But it wasn’t always that way.
In junior high, CalHighSports reports that Gonzalez was bullied and didn’t even like football or basketball, but with the help of his older brother and friend Josh, he overcame that dislike becoming one of the best athletes in all of California.
But Gonzalez had to share the spotlight with fellow Californian and golf legend Tiger Woods. Woods went to Western High School in Anaheim, and Gonzalez’s Twitter shows the two were named Co-Orange County Athletes of the Year. Former MLB player McKay Christensen was also on the shortlist.
Tiger Woods, the prodigy
Tiger’s father, Earl, introduced him to the game of golf by the age of two. At eight years old, he won the Junior World Golf Championship in the boys’ nine to ten division. Woods was only 15 when he became the youngest U.S. Junior Amateur champion, and he would go on to defend his title the next year.
He left high school and went on to Stanford University on a golf scholarship. He quickly won his first collegiate match and continued to perform well on the amateur circuit. After only two years, he left Stanford for the start of his professional golf career.
During his professional career, his accolades amassed quickly, and he was one of the most endorsable athletes with deals from Nike, Titleist, and General Mills. Just from his professional tours alone, Woods has earned almost $121 million. Combined with his endorsement deals, and Woods is estimated to be worth around $740 million.
Gonzalez vs. Woods: Who’s more legendary?
Tony Gonzalez is undoubtedly one of the greatest tight ends to ever play in the NFL, but does he stack up to Tiger? He’s a 14 time Pro Bowler, part of the 2000s All-Decade Team, and a Hall of Famer. Over his 17 season football career and his time spent as a broadcaster for CBS and Fox Sports, Gonzalez is worth around $20 million. That’s certainly a nice chunk of change, and Gonzalez is highly regarded throughout the league, but his play doesn’t compare to the legacy that Tiger Woods leaves behind.
Woods has won 82 PGA events including 15 majors. He’s one of only a handful of players to win all four major championships and is the youngest to hold that honor. He has spent the most consecutive weeks atop the rankings and is set to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2021.
Woods’s dominance on the green in his early days attracted legions of fans that wanted to play just like him. His endorsement deals were unlike any other, and he changed the perception of golf and how the game is played. Although Gonzalez is a highly regarded player and one of the greats, Tiger Woods is a legend.