FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Jessie Bates became the third Snider Panther to have his football jersey retired by the school, joining NFL Hall of Famer and Super Bowl champion Rod Smith, and former NFL running back Vaughn Dunbar.
As a prep athlete, Bates starred for the Panthers in football, basketball and baseball. Bates accepted a scholarship offer to play football collegiately at Wake Forest and played three seasons for the Demon Deacons before becoming a second round draft pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Bates was in attendance for the ceremony at the school on Wednesday, and says it's a blessing to have his jersey retired by the school.