Now, the future Hall of Famer has been formally recognized.
On tonight’s edition of the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2012, Gates was voted the 73rd best player by his peers. In his 10th season in the NFL, Gates caught 49 balls for 538 yards and seven touchdowns. He also set the franchise record for career touchdown receptions in a Week 16 win over the Jets with a 34-yard catch and run. Gates finished the year on a high note, recording a touchdown in each of the team’s last three games.