Antonio Gates is getting some career advice from his friend and former teammate LaDainian Tomlinson — hang it up.
After 15 seasons with the Chargers, the team has cut ties with the 37-year-old tight end — and he still hasn’t been picked up by another squad.
The biggest challenge has been getting in the playbook, making sure I understand all the adjustments we need to make and learning the terminology, Carter said. Everywhere you go, it’s going to be different terminology, so you just want to be speaking the same language as the coaches.
He has bounced around the league as a coach since 2000.
Now as the leader of the Chargers, the 49-year-old wanted to take care of some unfinished business. He enrolled at UNLV to obtain a bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies.
Even though Lynn had waited all these years for the moment, he initially hadn’t planned on walking at graduation.
I just wanted my papers, Lynn said, via Williams. Mail me my damn diploma, I give it to my mom and I’m done.
However, a meeting with his counselor led to a change of heart.
When I told my counselor, when I told her what my plans were, she’d just assumed that I was walking the whole time, Lynn said, per Williams. I never assumed I was walking. The disappointment on her face when I told her I wasn’t coming, it was tough. I thought about it. She made me rethink it. I decided to walk, because if it could inspire one person, then it’s worth it.
Lynn revealed that this was a plan years in the making, dating back to 2014 when he heard someone else’s story of going back to school many years later. At that point, he just had to find the right school.