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Antonio Gates is gluten-free and ticked off

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07:09 AM ET 08.05 | This year, the chip on Antonio Gates' shoulder looms larger than ever. [Gates ] is gluten-free and ticked off. The greats have to keep finding new things to stoke the greatness, and so Gates grips his incentive in arms forged of a new resolve. "It's the motivation, man," he said when asked what the deal was with his chiseled physique. " ... Just hearing people talk. I know you're not supposed to listen to what people say, but there's some collective things that got me motivated." Have we heard similar things from Gates in previous seasons? Yes. And in recent years, actually, it has sounded more desperate than fervent. Gates has lost weight, even gotten leaner before, but he has always tended toward Pillsbury Dough Boy more than Man of Steel.

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August 5, 2013  07:18 AM ET

"but he has always tended toward Pillsbury Dough Boy more than Man of Steel" - no love from the local media for Gates.

August 5, 2013  07:34 AM ET

Hee hee!

...said the Pillsbury Doughboy,

August 5, 2013  08:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"but he has always tended toward Pillsbury Dough Boy more than Man of Steel" - no love from the local media for Gates.

It seems like it, the no love from the local media part. I notice this about a bunch of local media, whether they are from established media sources or internet websites. THe preseason is the time of the football season in which the local media from all teams can take their pot shots.

August 5, 2013  08:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

It seems like it, the no love from the local media part. I notice this about a bunch of local media, whether they are from established media sources or internet websites. THe preseason is the time of the football season in which the local media from all teams can take their pot shots.

I agree. I think the local writers think they know more than the coaches.

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August 5, 2013  08:49 AM ET

Sounds like someone opened up a gluten Free clinic. And for just a few dollars more we can speed the whole process up.

August 5, 2013  09:33 AM ET

Gluten free? Does that mean he's out of bread?

August 5, 2013  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

It seems like it, the no love from the local media part. I notice this about a bunch of local media, whether they are from established media sources or internet websites. THe preseason is the time of the football season in which the local media from all teams can take their pot shots.

There have been rumblings in the AFC West about Gates' conditioning for the last couple years and hints that some of his recent injury problems are coming from the fact that he's just not in shape and can't stay healthy enough to get into shape.

If any of that is true, I'd hate to see what a healthy Antonio Gates does this year.

August 5, 2013  11:17 AM ET

Blah Blah Blah..

August 5, 2013  11:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Sounds like someone opened up a gluten Free clinic. And for just a few dollars more we can speed the whole process up.

Some of us need our glutes.

August 5, 2013  01:51 PM ET

I like watchin glutes on the right person.

August 5, 2013  02:21 PM ET

Gates is now glutton-free and looking great.

August 5, 2013  02:22 PM ET

His toe will derail him. Again.

August 5, 2013  04:00 PM ET

Translation: Now that I have received all the guaranteed money I had coming in that last big contract and have not totaled 1,000 yards since 2009 and last year I was barely a 500 yard guy, I have decided to get into shape.

August 5, 2013  04:10 PM ET

Got some news for this palooka, nothing is free.

August 5, 2013  04:53 PM ET

I remember when Prince Fielder went vegan and gluten free.

Dude must have lost at least... about.... um....

Dude's skin is radiant.

August 5, 2013  05:26 PM ET

Pretty sure we were hearing about this "chip" on his shoulder for the past three season. Wake me if anything changes.

August 5, 2013  07:27 PM ET

I think my Vodka has a gluten free label too......so what

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August 5, 2013  07:59 PM ET

Free Gluten!

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