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Antonio Gates

Antonio Gates was a dual sports star in high school in football and basketball and would play the latter at Easter Michigan, The College of the Sequoias, and at Kent State.  He was not drafted in the NBA, but despite not playing football in college, his agent arranged a pro football tryout with the San Diego Chargers, who would sign him as an undrafted free agent.

Gates made the team at Tight End, and as a rookie, he would record 24 catches, which again was phenomenal, considering that he was not even playing college football the year before.  While he seemingly came out of nowhere, he was then prognosticated to have a breakout season in 2004.  Gates shattered the hype, and he would begin an eight-year streak of Pro Bowl Selections, with the first three seeing him named a First Team All-Pro.

Also making the Second Team All-Pro twice, Gates would have nine seasons where he would have at least 800 Yards, and four years of 10 Touchdowns.  Gates played with the Chargers until 2018, and he left the game with 955 Receptions, 11,841 Receiving Yards, and 116 Touchdown Receptions, all of which are franchise records.  He would be named to the 2000's All-Decade Team. 

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Monday, 01 January 2024
  • Position: Tight End
  • Played For: Los Angeles Chargers, San Diego Chargers
  • College: Kent State
  • Drafted: Undrafted in 2003
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Pro Bowl Selections (8) (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011)
    First Team All-Pro Selection (3) (2004, 2005 & 2006)
    Second Team All-Pro Selection (2) (2009 & 2010)
    Super Bowl Rings (None) 

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: Receptions (1) (2005)
    Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Touchdowns (6) (2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 & 2014)
    Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Yards per Game (1) (2010)
    Top Ten Finishes: Touchdowns (2) (2004 & 2014) 

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    7.   Receiving Touchdowns: 116
    14. Touchdowns
    17.  Receptions: 955
    29. Receiving Yards: 11,841
    68. Yards from Scrimmage: 11,841
    83. Games Played: 83

Should Antonio Gates be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 100%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%
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