He played for two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1933–1934. He played college football at Northwestern. Philadelphia Eagles
In 1934, Gonya caught a four-yard touchdown pass from Dan Barnhardt against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Gonya was the only offensive lineman in Philadelphia Eagles history to catch a touchdown pass until 74 years later when Todd Herremans caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Donovan McNabb in 2008 against the Seattle Seahawks.
Herremans caught another touchdown pass in 2010.