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Gates too fast, big for most defenders

Less than two years after leading Kent State to the NCAA tournament, Antonio Gates has emerged as an NFL playmaker.

Originally Published: December 1, 2004
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

SAN DIEGO -- Here's the strange thing about Antonio Gates:

There are more than 1,600 players in the NFL. And while the league's rosters are dotted with alma maters like Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Tuskegee and New Haven, most of those athletes making a living in professional football actually played the game in college. Gates did not.

"It's pretty amazing," says Donnie Edwards, Gates' teammate on the San Diego Chargers. "He played high school football, but everybody plays high ...

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