A member of the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team, San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates presented one of the toughest matchups in NFL history for opposing defenses.
“Freak athlete TE. Nice combination of size, speed, and catching ability made him a standout go-to target on offense and wreaked havoc against the secondary. He was a matchup nightmare.” - Brian Parker
“Antonio Gates hit Madden NFL 10 like he did the NFL. At the time, there was really no one with his combination of size, speed and ability. He could get open and if you were lucky enough to catch him, he was too big to bring down in the secondary. Gates was truly a matchup nightmare.” - Shaun Mason
Standing 6’5” and weighing 260 pounds, Gates was a key target for the Chargers in the middle of the field in Madden NFL 10 and remains a vital part of San Diego’s offense to this day.
“In Madden NFL 10, the Chargers had three big targets with Vincent Jackson, Malcom Floyd and Antonio Gates. Players with good user control could click onto Gates and use that basketball background to shield defenders and get big catches downfield.” - Zfarls
Gates played college basketball at Kent State University, and he will eventually find a place in Canton alongside fellow former college basketball standout Tony Gonzalez, who played at Cal. The position has never been the same since these two big tight ends used their hoops skills on the football field.
“Can you say TE Streak? Antonio Gates in Madden NFL 10 is the reason why some complain about people overusing their TE. Gates in Madden NFL 10 is the reason I started user controlling LB's in Madden, since the CPU didn't have a chance.” - Simfballcritic
“Along with Tony Gonzalez, Gates was the first of today's prototypical super-athletic tight ends. Combining great hands with power, blocking and receiver-like speed, Gates could be a nightmare against opposing Madden defenses.” - Corey Andress
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