Nebraska Football: Nick Gates will achieve milestone with New York Giants

LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 03: Offensive lineman Dylan Utter
LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 03: Offensive lineman Dylan Utter /

A former Nebraska football alum will achieve a milestone on Sunday night.

It’s always awesome to see former Nebraska football players succeed in the National Football League. Although the season has not started yet, you could consider at least a portion of Nick Gates’ season a success. Gates was named the starting center for the New York Giants on Saturday.

As you may recall, Gates had an eventful career at Nebraska. Playing in Lincoln from 2014-17, he redshirted at Nebraska in 2014. After the redshirt, he provided stability at the center position. He played in 35 games for the Nebraska football program before entering the NFL Draft prior to his senior year.

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His pro career also lent itself to some difficulties. He went undrafted, and was on injured reserve before making the New York Giants roster in 2019. He played in all 16 games,  starting at three of them. He played the left tackle and guard positions.

Although injuries may have derailed his Nebraska career a little bit, it is great to see him finally gain some solidity in in the National Football League. Gates was a promising player coming out of high school, and he showed flashes of that promise for the Nebraska football program. He was just never able to stay healthy and put it all together.

Now, he gets to be part of a line that features second-year quarterback Daniel Jones. If he can have a strong season in 2020, he could be a fixture on the line for years to come. It seems like more and more these days, former Nebraska football players are succeeding at a higher level. Hopefully, future classes will be able to make it to the NFL as well. That would certainly be a feather in the cap for head coach Scott Frost.

It’s great to see Gates finally be able to have stability in his career. After a high school and collegiate career full of promise, it appears that things are beginning to come full circle for him. I will certainly be watching for him of this upcoming Sunday when the Giants take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.