Gates has two new high-profile teammates

Antonio Gates is going to be the third wheel in this deal.

Gates is going to participate in an episode of Spike TV's "Pros vs. Joes." The episode features NFL players who played college basketball against former NBA stars.

He has two teammates: Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens.

McNabb and Owens are teaming up on the hardwood five years after feuding as teammates in Philadelphia. Their reunion is already big news. I’m sure you’ve heard all about it.

But I bet you haven’t heard much about Gates’ participation. The San Diego tight end is an afterthought in this lineup.

I’m sure the light-hearted Gates is at terms with not being the headliner in this thing. I’m sure the former Kent State basketball star is simply looking forward to competing against NBA stars.

This thing is going to be circus, but Gates will just be along for the ride.