Chargers' Antonio Gates Issues Statement Regarding His Retirement


Antonio Gates announced the end of his career in the Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Now, Gates will stand alone as the best tight end in franchise history; and one of the greatest ever in the sport.

To the fans in San Diego, Los Angeles, across the country and around the world, thank you for your unwavering support all these years.

He's seen league-wide honors several times over his career as well; Being named a Pro-Bowl selection eight times, five Associated Press All-Pro teams designations, three Sporting News First Team All-Pro selections, an NFL All Decade Team member from 2000-09, and named to the Chargers' 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. He went pretty well with everyone else, "said Philip Rivers, whose 89 TD passes to Gates are the most productive QB-TE duo in the history of the league".

His 6-foot-4 frame was not of great interest to the NBA Scouts, but his hands and feet attracted the NFL Scouts, who were aware of Gates' high school career. He retires as the Chargers' career leader in receptions (955), receiving yards (11,841) and touchdown catches (116).

Among tight ends, Gates' receptions and yards are third, and his games rank fourth.

Gates originally traveled to MI to play soccer under Saban and basketball with Tom Izzo, the Spartans' head coach.

Samsung Galaxy S20 appears in benchmarks again
The phone features a 4,000mAh electric battery, which can be getting 15W quickly charging you help. All three phones will come with in-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensors like their predecessors.

"We would talk through the reads and the plays and they all had a 'Gates Rule, ' " Rivers explained. He signed with Chargers in 2003 as an unsolicited rookie and made an immediate impression.

His 6-foot-4 frame didn't draw much interest from National Basketball Association scouts, but his hands and footwork did attract NFL scouts, who were aware of Gates' high school career. The first of his 21 100-yard games was a week 9 win over Minnesota, the first to be won by a Chargers newcomer since Wayne Walker in 1989.

What he's meant to our family, to his teammates and to Chargers fans everywhere over the years - there are no words.

"I remember my second year we basically put 3 guys on him...#BEAST...congrats", McCourty wrote.

General manager Tom Telesco is hopeful Gates will not have to wait long for his chance to get into Canton.

Gates helped revolutionize the tight end position. He not only did one thing well, he did everything well. And, he is a lock to be a first ballot Hall of Famer.

Related News:

Most liked

UEFA changed Team of the Year formation to accommodate Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo's inclusion and the formation change came at the expense of Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante , according to ESPN sources. On Wednesday, European football's governing body named the XI, which is voted for by supporters.

Friends star Stan Kirsch dies aged 51
Kirsch's body was found at his home in Los Angeles and according to TMZ reports , the actor died of an apparent suicide. In 1995, Kirsch had a memorable cameo on " Friends " in the episode titled, "The one with the Ick Factor".

Africa Cup of Nations moved to January next year, says Cameroon
The 2019 Cup of Nations, hosted by Egypt as a late replacement for Cameroon, was the first in the new June slot. Caf explained that the change has been made at the request of Cameroon.

Wendy Williams apologizes to Blue Bombers’ Adam Bighill for cleft lip gesture
Famously, Williams got into a feud with 50 Cent, née Curtis Jackson, over the strained relationship he has with one of his sons. Williams followed up her comment by hooking her finger over her top lip in order to imitate the somewhat common birth defect.

USA stocks hit records amid China trade pact optimism
In other corporate news, Target shares dropped more than 7% after the retailer announced disappointing holiday same-store sales. Both nations will have to deal with some of the more contentious trade issues as they move ahead with negotiations.

Blast and huge fire at Spanish chemical factory
The chief executive of IQOXE Jose Luis Morlanes said the company had opened an internal investigation into the explosion. At least two of the injured people had serious burns, Catalonia's civil protection service said.

Tennis stars raise millions for Australian wildfire victims
That has included personal pledges and Aus$100 for each ace hit during the Australian tennis swing. Naomi Osaka , Serena Williams , Caroline Wozniacki and Stefanos Tsitsipas also took part.

India's Pant stable after concussion but ruled out of second ODI
Finch completed his 16th century in the format, his unbeaten innings 110 from 114 features two sixes and 13 fours. In phases, we were too respectful against their bowlers and didn't take the game by the scruff of the neck.

Puerto Rico Earthquakes Force Falcon and Winter Soldier to Delay Production
The only thing that can stop " The Falcon and the Winter Soldier " is an natural disaster . The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was scheduled to begin filming in Puerto Rico this week.

Jennifer Lopez fantasises about moving to Italy
He also expressed frustration that Golden Globe-winner Awkwafina was snubbed by the Academy for her dramatic turn in "The Farewell".

IPhone can now secure your Google Account
Sign in to your Google Account on a Chrome OS (version 79 and above), iOS , macOS, or Windows 10 device. Google has provided this helpful guide on how to set up one's phone's built-in security key and use it.

Virginia plans emergency gun ban at Capitol ahead of protest
Gun laws have become a dominant issue this legislative session and there's been a heavy police presence at the Capitol. Republicans and gun-rights groups have pledged stiff resistance.

Brooks Koepka says knee isn't 100 percent, but he's ready for return
He will make his comeback at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week confident that those knee issues are behind him. The 29-year-old's recovery is progressing well, but he admitted only time will tell whether his knee is back to normal.

Joe Burrow makes sure 2020 NFL Draft officially starts at pick two
In 15 games this season, Burrow completed 76.3% of his passes for 5,671 yards and 60 touchdowns with just six interceptions. This game is another opportunity for Burrow to solidify himself as the top guy in the 2020 NFL Draft .

NASA says 2019 was the second warmest year ever recorded
The Geneva-based WMO combined several datasets, including two from the USA space administration NASA and the UK Met Office. A separate analysis from the nonprofit Berkeley Earth found that 2019 was the second warmest year on Earth since 1850.