Antonio Gates the Greatest?

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Dec 22, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (85) is defended by Oakland Raiders linebacker Nick Roach (53) during the first half at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

We have all had the privilege of watching TE Antonio Gates play like a man among boys the past 11 years. He has been invited to 8 Pro Bowls, a 3-time First-Team All-Pro, and he is second on the active receiving touchdown list. He is 4th on the all-time receiving yards list for receiving yards by a tight end, and only Tony Gonzalez has more receiving touchdowns as a tight end all-time. How much longer are we going to be able to watch one of the greatest players to ever don the lightning bolt?

The last few years, he has been nagged by injuries. But year in and year out, he is always putting up productive seasons. Is he one of the greatest ever? The numbers certainly suggest just that. In the list of all-time receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, he is higher on the list than some Hall of Famers (Lance Alworth, Michael Irvin and others). This past year, with his 4 receiving touchdowns, he passed up all-time Charger great Lance Alworth in receiving touchdowns. For a while, he was chasing another tight end that wore the same uniform, Kellen Winslow. Gates has long passed Winslow in receiving yards and touchdowns, but is he the greatest Charger ever? I am sure Dan Fouts or LaDanian Tomlinson would have a thing or two to say about that. But it’s a legitimate argument.

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  • Nick Mansoor

    This is a no brainer. GATES IS THE BEST

    • Nick Mansoor

      I meant he’s the best TE. lol. hes not better than LT obviously.

  • Derek

    now that ive had time to heal since he put on that jets jersey I can say that belongs to ladanian tomilson. gates is up there but the way he was able to swim through 11 men in his prime was magical. gates ability to draw double coverage and still have a 85% chance of comming down with the ball is up there though. i cant decide if it was him or tony who changed the role of the tight end in the nfl.

    • boltingindiego

      tony g changed the position.

  • Julien Bélair

    LT then Gates

  • serg21

    LT is a top 10 ten running back of all time gates is a top 10 of all time to but I think LT is the greatest charger of all time just because of all the records he broke and the seasons he had I think both are underrated as hell tho

    • serg21

      I meant gates is top 10 tight end of all time not player lol

  • boltingindiego

    LT over gates. its pretty crazy to say that your 2nd best franchise player only played basketball in college and was a undrafted free agent.

  • Nick Lee

    Of course I think LT is the best Charger ever. IMO Gates is around the top of the list too. And a case can be made for one of the greatest TE’s ever,

  • Nick Lee

    Dan Fouts and LT are really the only ones that have a legit argument to be higher on the list than Gates as the GOAT in Chargers history.

    • Trey P

      But none of them are better than Rivers but Lt maybe

  • joey

    LT Fours Gates Maybe even Seau but the best is LT

  • joey

    I meant fours

  • joey

    Fouts

  • TheTrueBlu

    We have been spoiled by some of the greatest offensive players in history. Fouts, LT, Kellen Winslow, Lance Alworth. You can definitely add Antonio to the list. Hopefully Keenan Allen can join them.