Antonio Gates
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"Antonio Ethan Gates, Jr." is an American football tight end for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He has been selected onto the Pro Bowl nine times and is a five-time All-Pro.

Gates was signed as an undrafted sportsperson/undrafted free agent in 2003 after playing college basketball for Kent State University. He attended college at Kent State his junior and senior years after brief stints at Michigan State University and Eastern Michigan University. He is the Chargers' career leader in reception (American football)/receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns.

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