Los Angeles Chargers Legend Retires
A Los Angeles Chargers legend retired this week.
Tight end Antonio Gates announced that he was finally calling it quits on Tuesday afternoon.
Over the course of 16 years in the NFL Gates established himself as arguably the greatest to ever play his position.
— Antonio Gates (@AntonioGates85) January 14, 2020
“After 16 seasons in the NFL, 16 seasons as a Charger, eight Pro Bowl appearances and many records broken, I find it hard to officially put this statement out and retire from the game of football,” he wrote in a statement.
Gates and quarterback Philip Rivers were one of the better duos of their generation.
Seeing as Rivers’ future with the Chargers is also unclear at this stage, it is something of a new day for the organization.
Gates will retire as the NFL’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions for a tight end. Over the course of his 16 seasons he recorded 955 catches for almost 12,000 yards and 116 scores.
The future Hall of Famer will remain with the Chargers organization in a community relations-type role.