Antonio Gates wants to lose weight to add years to his career

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Even NFL players aren’t immune to the ravages time takes on the human body.

Any of us who have reached our fourth decade on the planet are aware that the body doesn’t react quite the same way it did when we were 19 or 20. You don’t bounce back from nights at the bar as well, you can’t eat anything under the sun without finding unsightly bulges around your body and parts of your body hurt even though you don’t remember doing anything to injure them. Managing these realities becomes an outsized part of life.

Chargers tight end Antonio Gates turns 32 next week and he’s starting to notice some of those developments in his life. He doesn’t want the march of time to bring his career to an end, which is why he’s trying to lower his playing weight this season.

“I’ve always felt deeply that as you get older, you have to lose a little weight,” said Gates, via the San Diego Union-Tribune. “I’ve always played at 260. I felt like this year, I can play at 255 … That’s just the key. When I watch guys who have longevity and played for 15, 16 years, one thing I continuously hear is guys maintaining health, maintaining weight. They control their weight.”

If the difference in weight also helps Gates steer clear of the foot issues that have bothered him the last two seasons, all the better. Gates said that the foot is doing fine right now, enabling him to do more in practice and do it more often. That could lead to a more productive season and the Chargers will take that no matter what size package it comes in.

22 responses to “Antonio Gates wants to lose weight to add years to his career

  1. With all the good news in San Diego this off-season, this may be the best. Gatesy’s foot problems are behind him, and there is not a more dedicated athlete in the NFL when it comes to conditioning and preparation. I have so much admiration for this young man. He’s going to return as one of the league’s dominant TE’s for several more years.

    The Bolts’ offense is going to be sick this season. I think we might see Norv’s boys put up a 50 burger in the season opener in Oakland, against one of the worst defenses in the league.

    The San Diego Super Bowl Express gets under way July 25 when rookies report.

  2. Gates is slow, fat and done.

    I remember when people used to make the Tony G. comparisons. Ridiculous. Gates never could carry Tonys jock.

  3. I think many NFL injuries are at least partly to blame on guys carrying more weight than their frame should carry. Gotta add the weight of equipment too.

  4. Amazing, Gates has been a “chunky monkey” for the last few years. Probably from all the “grazing” he was doing during previous injuries. Have always enjoyed his talents but he should have been conscientious of the weight gain much earlier and this is coming from a Chargers fan. Just because he was able to get away with it earlier in his career doesn’t make it right, take pride in your profession. There are plenty of cheap receiving tight ends available and coming up from the college ranks.

  5. ha, if Gates was 260 when he came back, then me telling Florio I wanted to work for him on his gone fishing article was actually good. Major spelling error and all!

    Just sayin, Gates looked big when he came back. Like Crumpler in his Prime Rib years.

  6. He may not be on the same level as Gronk or Graham anymore, but you’re crazy if you count this guy out. He’s the healthiest he’s been since 2010 and his ‘down’ year last year went like this:

    After missing three games, he caught 56 passes for 704 yards and seven touchdowns in the final 11 weeks.

    Those numbers projected across a full season: 81 catches, 1,024 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also caught 72.7 percent of passes in his direction, the second-most efficient year of his career.

  7. If you couldnt run and work out over the last few years because of your foot you would gain weight too. Gates will be in the HOF one day. And this season will be huge for him. Good luck to you Gates, great guy deserves success.

  8. He should be at 245 instead of 255. Guy gets slower every year. Those poor feet are always hurtin’ too.

  9. HAHAHA San Diego super bowl express? HAHA man that’s one hell of a long track, hasn’t that train been chugging for like the past 5-6 years now?HAHA S.D. fans are so funny

  10. Gates is a beast anyone who says other wise is an idiot. Way better than washed up tony g, I’d take him on my team top 5 te in the league for sure, glad we don’t play the bolts this season. Gates just needs rivers to get him the ball

  11. No more in the tank for Gates and that goes for all the off-season acquisitions. By mid-season Charger fans will be screaming for Norv’s head and wanting to replace him with Jon Gruden. What a joke…hahaha!!!!

  12. @humbolt: Of course you want to lay a “50 burger” on the RAIDERS- that is THE superbowl for charger fans.

    Doesn’t matter if they crumble under the overexpectations every year, just as long as they beat the RAIDERS.

    Keep cherishing those regular season wins charger fan, I know it’s all you have.

    Gates has been fat for two seasons now. Foot problems are chronic for the big guys, he had a nice run but it’s all over now. Just like the chargers.

  13. Antonio Gates will have a great year! Rivers will see to that. As far as all the critical knuckle-draggers who think that they know something about the game of football and conditioning……..try and show some smarts.

  14. but I gotta admit he was a great te but still gd but he’s way to heavy for those feet .but he’s still in the top 8 of te’s or so in my book..but seriously he shoulda of taken care of his body way sooner then now..

  15. I remember is initial TOE/foot injury. It happened about 2.5 years ago in a playoff game. Looked painful… Gates is a BEAST and he’ll return to form. He’s still a Pro Bowler and SD’s #1 receiver.

  16. @brassknuckle .who u think u r ..anyone in the right mind who has watched football knows gates never was a workout warrior so for u to try to act like ur the only one who has watched football is A joke in its self . Life long Niner Fan here buddy .I live, breathe,24/7 football….

  17. humb0lt says: Jun 13, 2012 10:33 AM

    The Bolts’ offense is going to be sick this season. I think we might see Norv’s boys put up a 50 burger in the season opener in Oakland, against one of the worst defenses in the league.

    Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall…and every year he falls. The best part is, he never seems to learn from his mistakes. He flaps his gums in the summer, and disappears in December.

  18. I thought this was a Bolts story..
    why are there always Ray-Duhh! fans on our posts?
    wait? maybe because the Ray-Duhhs! have nothing better to do while they are at home collecting their federal aid!!!

    Do not worry Ray-Duhh! fans, you will soon be back in LA, then at least you will be away from the crime ridden city of Oakland and you will have a brand new stadium to brag about, since you cannot brag about wins!

    Go Bolts!

  19. He’s no zach miller, or kevin boss… that Ausberry kid on your roster really is a fat wide receiver… he”s like a homeless man’s shawn nelson.

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