Antonio Gates the Greatest?

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Dec 8, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (85) runs past New York Giants strong safety Antrel Rolle (26) during second quarter action at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Philip Rivers-to-Antonio Gates combo is the greatest QB and TE tandem in NFL history. Rivers has connected to Gates for a touchdown more than any other quarterback and tight end in NFL history. That has to count for something. He has done all this without ever playing a down of college football. Gates has revolutionized the tight end position, much like the other great Bolts tight end, Winslow. His 9,193 receiving yards and 87 touchdowns are among the greatest of all-time. We should relish the moments we have left with this great player, we have been spoiled for over a decade. He is most likely in the twilight stages of his career, we may not have much time left to enjoy this spectacle.

In the midst of talking about who the Chargers should sign, draft or cut, let us all take a step back and enjoy watching one of the greatest playing for our team this 2014 season. It’s not every day one of the greatest players in a generation plays in San Diego all of his career (see Kellen Winslow, Dan Fouts, and baseballer Tony Gwynn). We have been very spoiled,  enjoy it while it lasts.

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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.