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Chargers: Antonio Gates should be remembered for unlikely road to NFL, opening doors

Athletic, big-bodied young men who may have a background as basketball players can always turn into an NFL prospect and for that, they have Antonio Gates to thank. What an unlikely yet amazing career. Here, we look back on the illustrious run that Gates had.

Many thought Gates was done following the 2017 season, but an early-season injury to Hunter Henry which ended his season forced the Chargers to pick up the phone and call old reliable.

Gates gave the team all he could in relief of the young Henry, but his aging body was clearly wearing down.