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Bob Gates
Director of Player Personnel

A true veteran of the professional football ranks, player personnel director Bob Gates brings over 37 years of experience in football and athletics to the Birmingham Thunderbolts.

He comes to Birmingham from the XFL office in Stamford, Conn., where he was the fourth person hired by the XFL and was very instrumental in the organization process of the league from a football operations standpoint.

The words Bob Gates and player personnel are virtually synonymous in the professional football world. Including the Thunderbolts, Gates has coordinated and organized three professional football teams player personnel departments.

He has evaluated hundreds of potential professional football players, as well as implemented procedures for operating football franchises and a pair of minor-league sports leagues.

Players passing through the Gates scouting and evaluation system have made their marks in the NFL, CFL, USFL, WLAF and Arena leagues. In fact, working in the Thunderbolts organization was a homecoming of sorts for him.

The XFL marks Gates third time around in Birmingham. He was director of football operations and player personnel director for the Birmingham Stallions of the USFL from 1981-87, before serving as both assistant general manager (1990-91) and general manager (1991-92) of the WLAF Birmingham Fire.

Gates career in professional football began in 1976 as an area scout for the NFL Buffalo Bills. From there he came to the Stallions before taking on the task of league player personnel director ad assistant football operations director for the Arena Football League (1987-88).

He served as a scout for various professional football teams before returning to Birmingham in 1989 as general manager of Birminghams entry in the World League of American Football. From 1991-94 he was a consultant to the Sunshine Baseball League and the Ohio Glory of the WLAF.

Prior to coming to Stamford for the startup of the XFL, Gates was the football operations manager from 1994-98 for the London Monarchs of the World League of American Football.

A long-time resident of Birmingham and 1967 graduate of Peru State College in Nebraska, Gates and his wife Joyce are the parents of one daughter, Wendi. They also have a grandson, Matthew (3).

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