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Antonio Gates announces his retirement

Philip Rivers' emotional press conference after Week 17 likely hinted at his departure from the Chargers. But could the veteran end up retiring too?

Antonio Gates didn’t play football in 2019, but he never formally announced his retirement.

That changed on Tuesday. In a post to social media, Gates made the end of his playing days official.
“I never dreamed that I would play this game of football so long or how fortunate I would be to play it with just one organization. I want to thank the Chargers organization, the National Football League, Dean Spanos and the Spanos family for the opportunity to live out a dream and play the game I love.”

Gates spent 16 years with the Chargers and walks away with 955 catches, 11,841 yards and 116 touchdowns. He ranks third all-time among tight ends in catches and yards and is first all-time in touchdowns, which isn’t bad for someone who spent his time at Kent State playing basketball.

Gates was a three-time first-team All-Pro selection after switching to football and it seems a good bet that he’ll be getting a gold jacket at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the not too distant future.