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Rivers, Gates already clicking

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Concudan, Sep 10, 2006.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Still Chargin Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 5, 2006
    By: JAY PARIS - Staff Writer

    SAN DIEGO ---- It's easy determining Philip Rivers' best friend on the football field. When a first-year starting quarterback has an All-Pro tight end in Antonio Gates, there's no doubt where Rivers will lean.

    But Rivers' affection for Gates goes beyond the sidelines.

    "It's not like I said, 'Oh, I'm the starter now, let's be buddies,' '' Rivers said. "It has progressed since I've been here.''

    The "it" is a friendship that reminds some of what brothers share. Despite coming from different backgrounds, different races and taking different paths to the NFL, Rivers and Gates are closer than the Padres and the Dodgers in the National League West standings.

    Take a routine session in the weight room. When Rivers' ends his reps, Gates' needle is already sharpened.

    "You should be able to do that because you took about five minutes,'' said Gates, goading Rivers.

    Quicker than a New York minute, Rivers will look for Gates Monday night in Oakland. If something breaks down in pass protection, Rivers is secure having Gates as a safety value.

    Rivers, 24, said their familiarity with each other away from football brings them closer when it's game on.

    With these two, it seems they are always playing something.

    Basketball? Yep. Pingpong? Oh yeah. Poker? Face it, the cards are often being shuffled in the locker room's west end, where Rivers and Gates are neighbors.

    "Our business partly drew us together as friends,'' Gates, 26, said. "We are just to be able to relate to one another. Although he came from a totally different background than I did, we all understand what we have to do for this ball club.

    "We're happy to be around each other; we just grew together. If you're around a person so long, you can't help but think like them, act like them. We are around each other so much because we have to be. But in the offseason we even work out together.''

    Some of that time is spent fine-tuning routes. Other days it's leisure which suites their tastes.

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  2. TheLash

    TheLash Well-Known Member

    Aug 8, 2006
    Insert gratuitous bubble joke here.:unsure:
  3. Thunderstruck

    Thunderstruck BoltTalker

    Aug 16, 2006
    I just hope that PR doesn't get tunnel-vision and focus in on Gates too much.
  4. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2005
    It's nice that he has such a great arsenal to choose from...I think Eric Parker's gonna be huge!!:yes: :tup:

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