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NFL Star Antonio Gates I'm Ready to LEGALLY Be a Daddy

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San Diego Chargers All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates is ready to officially become the father of his 9-year-old and he's filed paternity papers in Georgia to do just that.

According to the docs, Gates would like to establish an official custody and child support agreement with the girl's mother, Lauren Johnson, who went to Kent State at the same time as Gates. He is seeking joint custody, with Johnson getting primary custody. 

Gates and Johnson both got married in 2011, just a month apart, but to different people.

An attorney for Gates had no comment ... while Johnson told TMZ, "What I will say is Mr. Gates is Amanda's father and has been actively since her birth."

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