Antonio Gates Celebrity Life
Born on June 18, 1980, Antonio Gates is a retired American football tight end. He was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan where he started playing football in his high school.
He had a perfect physique for football and so he was encouraged by his family and friends to pursue a career in sports.
But he was destined to be a football player and a coach, Stan Heath saw the real talent in him. He sent Gates to the Kent State University in Ohio, where he started playing football.
When he was in the senior class at the University, he got several awards and accolades for his excellent performance.
The most notable one was the Honorable Mention All-American Honors.
Gates, a college basketball player who has never played college football, was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2003.
He caught the eye of the Chargers during a workout and signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract. He played his first NFL league in 2003 where he performed brilliantly and became a star rookie player.
Gates, who despite never playing college football, redefined the TE position and broke NFL records, was one of the most prolific tight ends in NFL history with 1,073 receptions for 2,843 yards and 18 touchdowns.
He scored his career-best 16.2 yards per reception in the first season itself. That established him as a good player in football.
The best player ever to play for the Chargers, as he was officially called, played in his career for the University of California, San Diego Chargers, and the Los Angeles Chargers.
Gates officially announced Tuesday that he will retire from the NFL at the end of the 2017 season, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Gates finished his career with 1,843 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns, the second-most in Chargers history.
The touchdown record isn't the only one he shares with the greats of his era, but it's certainly one of the best.
Antonio Gates ended his NFL and football career in the top three all-time in receiving yards with 11,841, and he hung up his helmet for the last time.
Gates, 39, is second in NFL history in receptions (1,737), third in touchdowns (49) and fourth in yards receiving (8,941).
It's always a bit sad to see the greats leave the game, and Antonio Gates is certainly one of them. In the immediate future, it seems likely that he will remain a Chargers legend and ambassador.
I want to thank you all for living this dream and playing a game we all love. You are all loved by the fans, by your teammates, and by everyone in the Chargers organization.” Gates said a meeting when he was about to announce his retirement.
Stats and achievements
In his entire NFL career, Gates played a total of 236 games in which he scored 955 receptions with 11,841 receiving yards. Moreover, he also recorded 116 receiving touchdowns.
Some of his achievements and accolades are:
- Won eight times Pro Bowl championship from 2004 to 2011
- Got three times First-team All-Pro award from 2004 to 2006
- 2× Second-team All-Pro (2009, 2010)
- Was named in the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
- San Diego Chargers 50th Anniversary Team