Detroit’s Antonio Gates, FanDuel Partner For Chargers-Chiefs DFS Contest For Lupus Charity

Written By Danny Lawhon on December 16, 2021 - Last Updated on December 7, 2023
Antonio Gates Detroit FanDuel Lupus December 2021

A daily fantasy football contest on FanDuel Sportsbook will feature city of Detroit star Antonio Gates in advance of the showdown Thursday Night Football game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs.

Gates, who played his entire 16-year career with the San Diego-Los Angeles franchise, is partnering with the powerhouse in the Michigan sports betting scene for the “Super Duel for a Difference” to help fund research for a cure for lupus.

FanDuel, Gates’ Super Duel for a Difference

FanDuel announced Wednesday afternoon that it is partnering with the Lupus Research Alliance and with Gates for this contest.

The Duel for a Difference initiative from FanDuel is a daily fantasy contest where entry fees are donated back to a charity or organization. FanDuel often partners with a celebrity or professional athlete to support these initiatives.

In the contest, the guest player competes against customers as the notable public figure identifies organizations he or she is passionate about.

The Super Duel for a Difference contest with Antonio Gates will cost $5 to enter, and FanDuel says it will be donating all entry fees from the contest back to the Lupus Research Alliance, a cause that has a close personal connection for Gates.

Compete against Antonio Gates, win Super Bowl tickets

Gates will draft his own team in the contest and play alongside all entrants, and the winner of the contest will receive two tickets to Super Bowl LVI in February at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.

Gates was one of the best high school athletes to ever come out of the city of Detroit. He was a multi-sport star at Detroit Central High School, finishing second in Mr. Basketball voting for the state’s top high school basketball player in 1997-98 to Dane Fife of Clarkston.

Gates actually went to Michigan State and Eastern Michigan briefly before settling at Kent State, where he became an all-Mid-American Conference basketball star for the Golden Flashes.

After being overlooked by the NBA, Gates decided to try out for NFL teams.

The rest is history, and Gates turned into one of the greatest NFL tight ends of all time with 11,841 yards and 116 touchdowns over his career.

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Danny has more than a decade of reporting experience in three states, including nearly 10 years with the Des Moines Register in Iowa. He's covered college and professional sports, the NCAA Tournament and the PGA, LPGA and Champions Tours. Danny has also covered the Michigan gambling industry for Catena Media.

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