Despite painfully difficult Charger losses against both the Chiefs and the Broncos, Antonio Gates has built on his legacy as one of the best tight ends of all-time and one of the best scoring threats of all-time. His final place among those greats has yet to be cemented in history, but he certainly will finish his career as a first-ballot Hall of Famer when it is all said and done.
Come at me, bro!
I am just kidding. That being said, you have no argument, that I would be able to comprehend as plausible, as to why Gates is not going to be inducted as soon as he is eligible five years after he hangs up his cleats.
Come at me, bro?
After passing Lance Alworth and becoming the Chargers all-time leader in receiving yardage, Antonio managed to tie for the lead-league in touchdown receptions. Not bad for a guy that even Bolt fans had given up on; some considered him done and easily replaced by Ladarius Green. That has not been the case, and Keenan Allen has played a huge part – due to a bracketed defender, and/or double coverage – in the resurgence of the former Kent State basketball player.
Although I am not old enough to have watched the great Lance Alworth destroy the league and its records, I grew up being force-fed how amazing Bambi was as a receiver. His ability to run routes and go up and snag the ball at its highest point were far ahead of its time. He continued to make his mark even after being a Charger. He also made plays for the Dallas Cowboys.
But let’s stick on the subject of Gates.
After coming to the team as an undrafted free-agent, Gates has helped change the way the tight end position is being played in the NFL. When looking around the league, the position has been transformed from what was, basically, an extra blocker to an athletic receiving option that defenses would have trouble matching up with.
Here’s a look at his numbers up to this point in his career.
As you look at his statistics, Antonio is only 390 receiving yards away from reaching 10,000. Gates is on pace to surpass that mark this season having 417 yards thus far at the halfway point. He is only one touchdown away from reaching double-digit scores in a season for the first time since 2010. With four more touchdowns, he’ll be only the 10th player in NFL history with 100 touchdown receptions.
It goes without saying that Antonio Gates has had a remarkable career. What is even more exciting is that he’s not done yet. He still has plenty of gas left in the tank to build on what is already a one-way ticket to Canton, Ohio and that golden jacket.
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