Lost a bit in the media coverage during the excitement of Super Bowl week, Hockenson sent the tweet out on January 29. The next day, The Detroit Free Press put out an article where Gonzalez was quoted saying of the promising rookie: “He’s off to such a great start... hopefully I’ll get a chance to talk to him... if you do see him, tell him to reach out to me because to me that’s what separates the good ones from the great ones."
It's likely that reporter passed along that info prior to the article be published, based on the tone and timing of Hockenson's tweet. While he may not yet have lived up to the lofty expectations fantasy owners, Hockenson still had a pretty good rookie season (32 receptions, 367, and 2 touchdowns in 12 games) before an ankle injury landed him on IR. At a position that traditionally takes a few years to develop, there is plenty of room for optimism for DLF's TE8. Learning from one of the all-time greats certainly wouldn't hurt.