posted on Nov, 26 2004 @ 02:36 PM
Anyone looking for a good tight end might be smart to scout the NCAA basketball tournament.
The sport of basketball, where big guys learn to jump, maneuver in tight spaces and use their bodies to block out, has been breeding some great tight
ends of late.
There are no finer examples than Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates, who'll be on display Sunday when the Kansas City Chiefs (3-7) host the San Diego
Gonzalez, the Chiefs' four-time All-Pro, has always credited his experience as a power forward at California with honing his skills as an NFL tight
Now into the league comes San Diego's Gates, who didn't even play college football, but excelled as a power forward for Kent State.
Just two years after a sharp-eyed scout remembered that the athletically gifted Gates had also been a star football player in high school and
persuaded San Diego to sign him as an undrafted free agent, Gates has hit the big time. After catching eight balls for 101 yards in a victory over
Oakland last week, he'll invade Gonzalez's turf with nine touchdown receptions and a league-leading 62 catches.