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Gates becomes NFL's all-time touchdown leader for tight ends

84   //    18 Sep 2017, 03:56 IST
Antonio Gates

Los Angeles Chargers star Antonio Gates made history, becoming the tight end with the most touchdowns in NFL.

Gates began the 2017 NFL season tied with Tony Gonzalez for the most touchdowns by a tight end, however that record now solely belongs to the 37-year-old.

The Chargers tight end scored for the 112th time of his 15-year career on a seven-yard pass from Philip Rivers in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins.

The touchdown broke a 10-10 tie at the StubHub Center in Carson, California and the game was briefly paused as Gates was mobbed by celebratory team-mates. 

Rivers and Gates have hooked up 85 times for touchdowns, tying Steve Young and Jerry Rice for the second-most all-time.

Only Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison (112) connected for more touchdowns. 

Gates, who was undrafted in 2003 after playing basketball at Kent State, has averaged eight touchdowns per season and ranks third in receiving yards among tight ends behind on Gonzalez and Cowboys tight end Jason Witten.


He surpassed 900 career receptions earlier in Sunday's game and is just the 22nd player in NFL history to reach that plateau. 

Gonzalez, who retired following the 2013 season, ended his 12-year career with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Atlanta Falcons with 1325 receptions for 15,127 yards and 111 touchdowns. Witten caught seven passes for 59 yards and a score in the Dallas Cowboys' 19-3 win over the New York Giants last week to give him 1,096 catches for 11,947 yards and 64 touchdowns. 

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