But Nick Saban didn't want the tight end to play basketball, too.
Antonio Gates made NFL history today.
The college basketball player-turned-football star caught his 112th career touchdown, the most by any tight end in NFL history.
Gates, a product of Kent State's men's basketball program, could've been a two-sport star at Michigan State.
The Detroit native took an official visit to Michigan State and was set to play football and basketball for the Spartans' but then-MSU head coach Nick Saban didn't want him focusing on two sports. So, Gates went to Eastern Michigan University, then the College of the Sequoias, before ending up at Kent State.
How fun would Gates have been to watch in East Lansing?