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

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

It may be awhile until the people of San Diego finally let go of the fact that Los Angeles Chargers owner Dean Spanos ripped the team out of the city that was home to the Bolts for 56 years.

Gates caught a 7-yard touchdown pass against the Miami Dolphins.

His teammates surrounded him nearly immediately.

Gates' score broke a tie with Tony Gonzalez, who retired in 2013 after his 17 season.

On the same day that former Charger LaDainian Tomlinson was honored at Los Angeles' StubHub Center and received his Hall of Fame ring, the next future Hall of Famer from the team made history.

In his second season, he set what was then the National Football League record for touchdowns in a season by a tight end with 13.

Gates considered retirement after the '15 season but instead signed a two-year contract that runs through this year.

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

Gates also made his 900th career reception in the first half of the game, becoming the third tight end in National Football League history to hit the mark.

Gates, 37, will nearly assuredly retire after the 2017 season.



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