Video: Antonio Gates Jr. highlights
Son of former Chargers tight end caught 32 passes in 2019.
As one one gate closes, another opens.
Antonio Gates announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday, just a few weeks after his son by the same name was named to the Detroit Free Press All-West
high school football team. Antonio Gates Jr.
, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound sophomore receiver at Fordson (Dearborn, Mich.)
, had 32 catches for more than 600 yards and five touchdowns in the 2019 seasons, earning first-team all honors.
His father just completed an illustrious 16-year career – all with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers. Gates made eight Pro Bowls as one of the game's most prolific and productive tight ends, finishing with 955 career catches for 11,841 yards and 116 touchdowns, the most TD receptions by a tight end in NFL history.
A product of Central High School in Detroit, Gates is considered one of the greatest undrafted free agents in league history.
Gates Jr. has college offers thus far from Kentucky, Florida Atlantic and Central Michigan. Judging by his early production, and bloodlines, he'll be drawing many more offers.