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Out of the Gates
Life beyond the gridiron, from the mouth of an NFL superstar

Photos by Brevin Blach
Interview by Jenny Cavnar, Channel 4 San Diego
(Published in the January 2011 issue)

On the Cover: Lacoste shirt, $88; and a Michael Kors leather jacket, $895; both available at Bloomingdale’s Fashion Valley, bloomingdales.com. Watch and earrings, Mr Gates’ own.

On a breezy, early-December afternoon in Poway, the San Diego Chargers’ six-time Pro Bowl tight-end, Antonio Gates, opened his home and his heart to PacificSD.

Smiling for the camera, our dapper hometown hero is a man’s-man’s fashion plate, all decked out in the latest looks from Bloomingdale’s—not counting the shoes.

The luxury department store carries plenty of men’s size-14 footwear, but Mr. Gates has been nursing a toe injury and didn’t want to risk making it worse. Clothes may make the man, but when you’re rocking a five-year, $36 million contract, putting your best foot forward on the field (rather than for your favorite magazine) just makes sense.

Enough of the fan chatter. Here’s what Number 85 has to say…in his own words.

On life after football …
“I’ve thought about staying in San Diego and going into coaching, but you know the coaches gotta be there earlier than the players—and I don’t even get there on time now.”

Giorgio Armani tie, $145; Hugo Boss shirt, $125; Ben Sherman vest, $99; all available at Bloomingdale’s Fashion Valley, bloomingdales.com. Earrings, Mr. Gates’ own.

On fatherhood …
“I want to continue to raise my children to treat people how they would want to be treated .”

Zegna sport shirt, $245; Michael Kors watch, $225; both available at Bloomingdale’s Fashion Valley, bloomingdales.com. Earrings, Mr. Gates’ own.

On his style …
“I was the best-dressed in high school, but I think my fashion has grown over time. Back then, having a jersey on was sweet.”

Left: Zegna Sport sweater, $245; Armani Collezioni pants, $195; all available at Bloomingdale’s Fashion Valley, bloomingdales.com. Earrings, Mr. Gates’ own. Right: RLX hoodie, $145; Zegna shirt, $95; RLX pants, $125; all available at Bloomingdale’s Fashion Valley, bloomingdales.com.
Earrings, Mr. Gates’ own.

On his signature smile …
“That ’s what people recognize. I look totally different to people on TV than I do in person.”

On television …
“I did some broadcasting. I was on a set in New York and I did the whole ESPN thing. I felt pretty comfortable doing that .”

Lacoste shirt, $88; Michael Kors leather jacket, $895; both available at Bloomingdale’s Fashion Valley, bloomingdales.com. Watch and earrings, Mr. Gates’ own.

Salvatore Ferragamo coat, $2,250; Hugo Boss shirt, $95; Burberry tie, $140; Michael Kors pants, $145; Bloomingdale’s Fashion Valley, bloomingdales.com. Belt and earrings, Mr. Gates’ own.

Lacoste shirt, $88; and a Michael Kors leather jacket, $895; both available at Bloomingdale’s Fashion Valley, bloomingdales.com. Watch and earrings, Mr Gates’ own.

Photos by Brevin Blach
Stylist Georgie Brown
Merchandiser Bloomingdale ’s Fashion Valley
Interview by Jenny Cavnar, Channel 4 San Diego
Hair and Makeup by Jeanette Marie , jeanette-marie .com

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