In partnership with Thuzio, GoodSport traveled to Beverly Hills to capture the event with Los Angeles Chargers tight end, Antonio Gates. The event’s moderator, Pac-12 college football analyst, Yogi Roth, sat down with Gates for a live interview discussion and audience Q&A. The conversation was extremely entertaining as Gates shared personal stories, experiences throughout his career, off-the-field community work, and more.
Antonio Gates is one of the most well-regarded and professional players in the NFL, however, 16 seasons ago, he wasn’t even drafted in the 2003 NFL Draft. Coming out of Kent State University as a basketball player, he decided to turn his focus to football, a sport he had not played since high school. Because of this, he became an undrafted free agent after no team drafted him. Fortunately, the San Diego Chargers gave him the opportunity of a lifetime to earn a spot on the team and boy did it pay off in the long run.
The 39-year-old became an eight-time Pro Bowler, three-time All-Pro selection, and one of the most reliable tight ends in NFL history… just ask Philip Rivers. Throughout his illustrious career, the future Hall of Famer has yet to show any signs of retiring. Now, as we head into the 2019 training camp, it still seems Gates has no intention of walking away. Knowing that the Los Angeles Chargers are returning a well-equipped and skilled team, the chance of winning a Super Bowl is very much on his mind.
Although surrounded by his on-field accolades, Gates has accomplished even more giving back to the community. He’s extremely supportive of his hometown in Detroit and over the years, has also found a place in his heart for San Diego. Since 2006, he has run the annual “Shop with a Charger” event, which gives less fortunate children in San Diego a chance to get amazing presents during the holidays. He also is a member of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America and actively participates in their “Shoot To Cure HD” free throw competition to raise money and awareness for Huntington’s Disease. When he returns home to Detroit each year, he hosts a free football skills camp.
We are looking forward to Gates to continue his legacy this year and are wishing him and the Chargers the best of luck in the 2019 season!