26 Facts About Antonio Gates

1. Antonio Gates was named to the Pro Bowl eight times and was a five-time All-Pro selection.

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2. Antonio Gates retired on January 14, 2020, after 16 years with the Chargers.

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3. Antonio Gates was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2003 after playing college basketball for Kent State University.

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4. Antonio Gates is the Chargers' career leader in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns.

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5. Antonio Gates helped the Golden Flashes win their second consecutive MAC tournament and earn its resulting berth in the 2002 NCAA Tournament.

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6. Antonio Gates chose to work out first for the San Diego Chargers.

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7. Preferred target of quarterback Drew Brees, Antonio Gates finished his second season in the NFL with 81 receptions for 964 yards and 13 touchdowns.

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8. Additionally, Antonio Gates was on the receiving end of a 33-yard pass from teammate Drew Brees in a flea-flicker play selected by fans online.

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9. Antonio Gates went on to have another stellar season, catching 89 passes for 1,101 yards and 10 touchdowns, but the Chargers missed the playoffs by a single win.

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10. Antonio Gates was a Pro Bowler and All-Pro for the third straight year.

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11. In 2007, Antonio Gates was not selected to the All Pro team but was selected to the Pro Bowl.

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12. Antonio Gates was not the only Chargers star player injured: both LaDainian Tomlinson and Philip Rivers had leg injuries which hindered the Chargers' chances of reaching the Super Bowl.

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13. Antonio Gates pulled out of his fifth Pro Bowl selection because of his injuries alongside his teammate LaDainian Tomlinson.

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14. Antonio Gates finished the season with 60 receptions for 704 yards and eight touchdowns.

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15. On February 23, 2008, Antonio Gates said he would have foot surgery to fix the injury that had slowed him in the final part of the season.

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16. Finally healthy after consecutive injury-plagued seasons, Antonio Gates enjoyed the finest year of his career.

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17. Antonio Gates caught 79 passes for a career-high 1,157 yards and eight touchdowns.

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18. Antonio Gates began the 2010 season by signing a five-year, $36 million contract with $20 million guaranteed.

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19. Antonio Gates came back after the bye week and started every game the rest of the way, finishing with more than 60 catches for the seventh time in his career.

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20. Antonio Gates scored seven touchdowns and was voted into his eighth Pro Bowl.

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21. Antonio Gates played all 16 games for the first time since 2009, finishing with 70 receptions for the fourth time in his career.

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22. On October 12, 2015, in his first game back after from a four-game suspension, Antonio Gates scored his 100th and 101st career touchdown receptions.

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23. On March 9, 2016, Antonio Gates signed a two-year contract extension to remain with the Chargers.

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24. Antonio Gates ended his career with a record 116 touchdown catches by a tight end, including 89 thrown by Rivers for the most ever by a quarterback–tight end duo at the time.

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25. In 2020, Antonio Gates announced he was joining the Los Angeles Chargers front office as Legends Ambassador.

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26. Antonio Gates appeared in the fourth episode of season one and the final episode of season six of The League.

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