Chargers Fun Fact: Antonio Gates is the 7th tight end in NFL history to have 500+ catches. He is the fastest tight end to ever reach 500 receptions. Gates made his 500th catch in the 4th week of his 8th year. The previous record holder Tony Gonzalez of the Atlanta Falcons made his 500th catch in the 8th week of his 8th year.
Gonzalez has more than 1000 receptions.
Gates, the four-time pro-bowler has outshined other tight ends in the NFL, except, of course, for Gonzalez.
Gates graduated from Kent State, where he was a power forward on the basketball team. His ability to leap over his opponents had made him one of the most powerful and agile tight ends in the history of the NFL.
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