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Q&A with Antonio Gates

Posted May 20, 2009

Tight end Antonio Gates is truly one of the Chargers’ and the NFL’s most amazing success stories. Because of his unique past and route to professional football, he’s developed quite a following. Earlier this week, fans submitted questions to Antonio Gates. We selected the 10 best and posed them to the five-time Pro Bowler.


How’s the toe?

“I’m not 100 percent but it’s better than last year.”


How explosive do you see the Chargers’ offense being this season and what are your goals going into a new season?

“I haven’t wondered how explosive we can be. Everybody saw how things started to come together at the end of last year. There’s unlimited ability on this team offensively. My goal this year is just to stay healthy…just to make it to the postseason healthy. That’s our main team goal. We have a lot of guys that have accomplished a lot of stuff.  You want to play well and stay consistent as a player, but the most important thing is your health. Last season, our injuries limited us from doing things. Not making excuses, just saying.”


What are your thoughts on the window of opportunity closing for the Chargers as it relates to getting to the Super Bowl?

“The ‘window’ opens and closes for everybody, no matter what you do. We understand that we have a chance to do something special in San Diego; we have a chance to win the Super Bowl, but so do 31 other teams. We’re going to do everything we can to win enough games to be postseason contenders, and then we’ll see. With that being said, we approach every season like this could be our last chance to get there. If you play every game like it could be your last, you embrace the situation. Players change, coaches change. There are a lot of factors that contribute. You just have to do the best you can every chance you get.”


As you watch the NBA playoffs do you ever regret giving up basketball?

“I never regret things I do; I regret things I don’t do. (Playing football) was the best choice for me at the time. When I first came to the NFL I really missed playing basketball, but now football is my life. It’s who I am. I’ve met a lot of good people playing football. I’ve met a lot of ‘greats’ just because of the game of football. Early in my career I would always talk about basketball but now as I mature, football is my life.”


Who is the best basketball player on the Chargers?

“Other than me (laughing)? It’s a toss up between Vincent Jackson and Chris Chambers.”


What move did you learn on the basketball court that translates best on the football field?

“Being able to put myself in the best position to get the ball at its highest point. I was always undersized playing basketball, so I always had to put myself in the best position possible. Guys that I usually match up with now are actually smaller than I am so that gives me a slight edge.”


Out of all the linebackers in the NFL, which one matches up with you the best?

“(Jokingly) Junior Seau or somebody that’s retired. I don’t know. There are a lot of good linebackers in the league. I couldn’t just pick one. Every team has a linebacker that can run and cover. They’re athletes. Most of the time it just comes down to little things, like technique.”


Are you the best basketball player in the NFL?

“I can’t say I’m the best. I’ve probably accomplished more on the court than any football player, but I can’t say I’m the best. Most if not all of the guys that play pro football now played football in college. Who knows what type of basketball players we have in the league. Sure we’re all athletic, but your athletic ability can only get you so far. We even see that in football. There are guys in the league that I heard about in high school being good basketball players and I would guess if they would’ve continued on the court, they’d be just as good.  Maybe even pro.”


If you could play any other sport what would you play and why?

“Outside of basketball? Probably boxing. I came from a family of boxers. Boxing is more individual. You don’t necessarily have to depend on anyone else.”


What would you be doing if you weren’t playing football?

“True story, ever since a firefighter visited my elementary school, I wanted to be a firefighter. It’s physical, they make good money and you get the chance to be a hero.”


What are your plans after your NFL career?

“After being an athlete and playing in competitive sports nearly all of my life, there’s a strong possibility I’ll be a coach. A lot of my friends are college basketball coaches, so maybe I’ll go back to the hardwood.  I wouldn’t mind being a tight ends coach either.”

What level?

“Probably the college level.”

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