2. 2003: Antonio Gates, San Diego
Antonio Gates was never supposed to be an NFL player. The NCAA basketball star was destined for a NBA career but was told he would not make it to the NBA out of Kent State. Instead, Gates got a workout with the San Diego Chargers and the rest, they say, is history.
Gates made the Chargers and has since become one of the best receiving tight ends in the NFL. Gates has pulled in 642 receptions for 8,321 yards and 83 touchdowns in his career while being named an All Pro and also being named to the 2000's All-Decade team.