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January 16, 2020 4:45 PM UTC

3 Possible Careers For Antonio Gates Now That He’s Retiring from the NFL

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Antonio Gates has announced he is retiring from the NFL after 16 seasons. So, what does the future hold for him?

  • After 16 years in the NFL, Los Angeles Chargers tight end Antonio Gates is retiring from the NFL.
  • With over $70 million in career earnings, he can certainly afford to take his time figuring out what he is going to do next.
  • For the immediate future, it seems he will remain with the Chargers as a legends ambassador.

It is always a little sad to see the greats leave the game—and Los Angeles Chargers tight end Antonio Gates certainly qualifies as one of the greats. Tuesday afternoon, he announced that he was retiring from the NFL in a letter on Twitter.

His legacy will not be as just one of the greatest Chargers to ever play. Gates will go down as the guy who revolutionized how coaches approach the tight end position. He was one of, if not the first, college basketball players to make the transition to the NFL.

With how his career worked out for the Chargers, many teams now scour the college basketball ranks every year, hoping to find the next Antonio Gates.

What’s Next For Antonio Gates?

In his retirement letter, Gates mentioned he was going to be taking a position with the Chargers working with community initiatives and public-facing events. The post gives Gates something to focus his energies on immediately upon retirement.

But it will probably be his first stop outside of football; probably not his last.

For someone of his stature, the possibilities are endless. While it’s a smart move by the Chargers to keep him around in some capacity, he could just be biding his time. Certainly, other doors will open up for him.

Politics

If community initiatives end up being something he is passionate about, a career in politics could be in the cards.

Several players have moved from the gridiron to the political arena in recent years. Former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez now serves in the House of Representatives for a district in Ohio. Colin Allred, a former Tennessee Titans linebacker, got his law degree after leaving football and is now a member of the House (Texas, 32nd district).

But Gonzalez and Allred are just two recent examples. Steve Largent, Heath Schuler and Jon Runyan all spent time in Congress after football. If he’s good at it, maybe he can be like former Buffalo Bills great, Jack Kemp. Along with serving in the House, Kemp was Bob Dole’s running mate in the 1996 presidential election.

Broadcasting

When it comes to guys with the kind of name recognition as Antonio Gates, broadcasting is a common choice. Networks love to bank on the name recognition of famous players regardless of broadcasting or journalism experience.

In recent years, it seems that tight ends have become all the rage. ESPN got Jason Witten to retire and join the Monday Night Football booth. Tony Gonzalez now works for FOX, and Rob Gronkowski has dabbled a bit in broadcasting.

If he’s not sure about broadcasting, he may want to talk to Tony Romo. According to the rumor mill, ESPN wants to make Romo the highest-paid sportscaster ever ($10-14 million) if he takes over the MNF booth.

Acting

Why not? After all, he lives in southern California. It wouldn’t be hard for Davis to get started, and he has already been down this road before:

If Hollywood thinks Rob Gronkowski can be an action star, maybe they’ll see the same potential in Antonio Gates.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of CCN.com. 

This article was edited by Sam Bourgi.

Last modified: January 16, 2020 4:46 PM UTC

Travis Pulver @FatManWriting

Travis graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, with a master's in Political Science. Prior to that, he attended IU Purdue in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science and earned his first degree at Texas A & M in Galveston, TX, a BS in Maritime Administration. You can contact him on Twitter at @FatManWriting. Over the last few years, Travis has worked for several news-oriented sites that focused on sports, especially football, baseball, basketball, and to a lesser extent, boxing and MMA. Having grown up in the football-crazed state of Texas, football is his first love. According to his mother, he was more excited to watch NFL and college games as a baby than Sesame Street or Mickey Mouse. His passion for sports quickly spread to baseball (favorite team is the Houston Astros), basketball, and track and field as a kid. It wasn’t until his college years that he discovered the tremendous game of rugby. He currently lives in the United States in Indiana (is a basketball fan but hates going to the Indy 500) with his wife and two adorable kids.