We’re approaching the convergence of football season and basketball season – every diehard sports fans’ favorite time of year – and there have been numerous current and former players who have doubled up on the two sports.

Here are current and former NFL players who also excelled on the basketball court.

A common thread you’ll notice is that many former college basketball forwards who are between 6-4 and 6-7 have been able to make the transition to playing tight end based on their physical profile and catching ability. There have also been multiple players who played football in their final year of eligibility after playing college basketball for four seasons and they made the most of their final fall on a college campus before jumping to the NFL.

Antonio Gates

NFL position: Tight end

NFL team: San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers

Antonio Gates is one of the poster children for college basketball players who have successfully made the transition to the NFL. If you’ve watched the NFL at any point in the last 15 years, there’s a good chance you’ve heard a broadcaster say something along the lines of “Did you know that Antonio Gates played basketball in college?”

After leading Kent State to the Elite Eight in 2002 and averaging 20 points per game a season after that, Gates quickly became the NFL’s premier tight end, earning First Team All-Pro honors in his second, third and fourth seasons in the league.

You can watch Gates and the Golden Flashes play Indiana for a chance to go to the Final Four in the full game replay below.

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