Antonio Gates: Forging His Own Path

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His path to the NFL was as unique as his skill set, and it defines who Antonio Gates is today.

The story begins in a city of hard knocks—Detroit—where the All-Pro tight end was born and raised. From an early age, Gates knew that in order to succeed, he had to rise above the squalid street life that trapped so many of his peers. So he focused his eyes on the prize: going to college on scholarship and working his way toward becoming a professional athlete. There would be many twists and turns along the way.

STACK is proud to present a four-part series chronicling Gates' journey—and offering an exclusive look at his life and times. This week, Gates speaks candidly about growing up in the Motor City, challenging himself to do the right thing, and forming the special bonds that defined his prep career.

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His path to the NFL was as unique as his skill set, and it defines who Antonio Gates is today.

The story begins in a city of hard knocks—Detroit—where the All-Pro tight end was born and raised. From an early age, Gates knew that in order to succeed, he had to rise above the squalid street life that trapped so many of his peers. So he focused his eyes on the prize: going to college on scholarship and working his way toward becoming a professional athlete. There would be many twists and turns along the way.

STACK is proud to present a four-part series chronicling Gates' journey—and offering an exclusive look at his life and times. This week, Gates speaks candidly about growing up in the Motor City, challenging himself to do the right thing, and forming the special bonds that defined his prep career.

Be sure to check back each week for the latest installment in our series. Next week, the elite tight end talks about his one true love.

Photo: German Alegria


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