March Madness Memories: Antonio Gates rare basketball footage (MUST WATCH)


Most of us know Antonio Gates went from college basketball star to (arguably) the best tight end in NFL history, but his path to San Diego was far from straight and narrow. Gates committed to Michigan State to play football under a coach you may have heard of, Nick Saban. Under the impression he would get to play basketball for the Spartans, Gates went to East Lansing on a football scholarship. The maniacal Saban wanted his young tight end to focus on football, and when Gates didn’t feel like he was going to be able to play the sport he loved (basketball), he transferred. After a brief stop at Eastern Michigan, the Detroit native found a home at Kent State where he shined on the court. Gates averaged over 20 points his senior season and took the 10th seed Golden Flashes to the Elite 8 in 2002. After gaining fame during March Madness, NFL scouts remembered Gates the football player, and somehow he ended up an undrafted free agent for the San Diego Chargers. The rest as they say is history, and entering 2014, Gates looks to become just the third tight end to amass 10,000 receiving yards in his career. Here is the story, a must-watch for any Bolts fan.


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