Dec 2, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (85) catches a first down pass while defended by Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) during the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Happy 33rd Birthday Antonio Gates

Happy Birthday shout outs to San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates. Gates turned 33 years young today. He has been beating double teams and making big time plays for a long time. Hopefully he can get back to that Pro Bowl level this season.

He is getting up there in football years, but many observers still believe that he is athletic and fast. He looks fast in practice.

He will get a huge opportunity this year to make big things happen. The Chargers have more options in the passing game that could free up Antonio to make more plays on offense. Philip Rivers should have a little more time to throw the football with new linemen giving him protection. He should have a better year.

Sure I have called him overrated for the last couple of seasons. Sure I have called him old and questioned if he could get back to that next level. This is a big year for him. I want to see that impact player that he used to be.

He is an exceptional talent.  He’s 33 years old now and won’t be playing this game much longer. He has a few more years to get those championship titles with the Chargers. Philip Rivers and company better step their games up soon and get those rings  for one of the best tight ends to ever play this game.

Now that would be a good birthday gift!

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  • Gunnar Martin

    Gates = Boss

  • miketuck

    Happy Birthday Gates. I didn’t know he turned 33. My personnalized Jersey is 33 and I bought the numbered/personallized hat to go with it this year. I’ll think of
    Gates ” Which I’m praying will have the year of his career this year.” Don’t laugh at that, a offensive line to give Rivers time, and a trio of great recievers along with Danny Woodhead is going to cause match-up hell for teams looking to double on any given reciever. Gates is a hard cover 1 on 1.

  • FitzWilly

    Happy B-Day AG

    • Ernie Padaon


    • surge619

      That cake is dope

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    Gates is the best. Rivers will have more time to get it to his favorite receiver. Rivers knows where Gates is at all times. As long as Rivers flows Gates will open it up. Happy Birthday!!

  • Alter Ego

    Your not old until there is gray in your pubes ! Rock on Gates !

    • Ernie Padaon


  • Peter Thompson

    Happy birthday Tony!
    On another note.. Whatever happened to TheReturnOfMrBlanks? Did he change his name, and I missed it? Miss that Dood.

    • FitzWilly

      Last I heard he was heading out on Safari, to hunt the elusive African Polar Bear
      All the best brave hunter

      • Peter Thompson

        Elusive? Being eluded is a thing for cattle and loveplay, not fighting!!!!

        Another thought… When Danny breaks off a big play… We should yell “take em’ to the Woodshead”!!!! I’ll make signs this week. Has that already been used? Lol….

        • FitzWilly

          that sounds awesome

          looking forward to seeing the signs :)

          got a “Woody” thinking about it lol

          • Peter Thompson

            Take them to the woods for head? Now that’s rapey.

          • FitzWilly

            I’m not the only one with a woody
            Gotta get me one of those

            am i right ladies :)

          • tubbs45

            Even the kids like woody

          • FitzWilly

            that might get you noticed by the NSA lol

    • Ernie Padaon

      I miss im too. he said that he had a lot of work or something. where are you mr blanks?

  • Rob Base

    Happy Birthday Original Gates!

  • tubbs45

    Happy Birthday Gates!!! Thought I let everyone know that Gates has 33 beat already!!!!

    • Peter Thompson


  • Adam

    I hope he gets a TD for every year he’s been alive this year. Even every other year I’d be copacetic with!

  • 1961 Fan

    If Gates makes it through the entire season without getting injured (foot) then the Bolts should trade him for any worth he has left. It is time to move on and get the O Line shored up or Rivers will be forced to throw on the run – and we all know Rivers can’t run!

  • arnie

    such a great young man…

  • surge619

    Happy bday AG85 Now diego bring us a CHAMPIONSHIP!!!