Golden Tate

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Golden Tate III
Golden Tate in 2013.jpg
Tate in 2013
No. 15     Detroit Lions
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-08-02) August 2, 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth: Hendersonville, Tennessee
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school: Hendersonville (TN) John Paul II
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 60
Debuted in 2010 for the Seattle Seahawks
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Receptions 165
Receiving yards 2,195
Receiving TDs 15
Rushing yards 67
Passing yards 23
Passing TDs 1
Stats at NFL.com

Golden H. Tate III (born August 2, 1988) is an American football wide receiver for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football for the University of Notre Dame, and was recognized as an All-American.

Early years[edit]

Tate was born in Hendersonville, Tennessee. He attended Pope John Paul II High School where he rushed 140 times for 1,413 yards and 23 touchdowns as senior in '06 to go along with 28 receptions for 510 yards and six TDs. He also had three interceptions on defense, returned a kickoff for a TD and was the Knights' punter. He was named an Tennessee Division II first-team all-state pick in 2006 as an athlete by Tennessee Sports Writers Association and also by Tennessee Football Coaches Association.

Baseball career[edit]

Tate was drafted out of high school by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 42nd round of the 2007 amateur draft.[1] Tate did not sign with the Diamondbacks and instead played baseball for the University of Notre Dame. In Tate's freshman year at Notre Dame (2008), he played in 18 games and batted .262 with three doubles and three stolen bases. Tate hit his first home run against Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky in his sophomore year. He finished his sophomore season with a .329 batting average after playing in 55 games.[1] Tate also scored 45 runs his sophomore year which is the third highest by any Notre Dame baseball player.[2]

On June 9, 2010, he was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 50th round (no. 1518 overall) of the 2010 MLB Draft, but did not sign.[3]

Tate has not competed in baseball since 2009, his sophomore season with Notre Dame.[4]

College football career[edit]

Tate played football for Notre Dame from 2007 to 2009. In the 2007 season as a freshman, Tate started two games, versus the UCLA Bruins and USC Trojans. He totaled six catches for 131 yards and one touchdown and averaged 21.7 yards on 15 kickoff returns for the season.

In the 2008 season as a sophomore, Tate started in 12 regular season games with 52 catches for 903 yards and seven touchdowns for a 17.4 yard per catch average. Tate registered 100-yard games against Michigan, Syracuse, North Carolina, and Pittsburgh during the 2008 regular season, while being tapped First Team All-Independent by Rivals.com. Against the Hawaii Warriors in the Hawaii Bowl, he made six catches for 177 yards and three touchdowns in the 49-21 victory for the Irish, bringing his season total to 58 catches for 1,080 yards (18.6 yard average) with 10 touchdowns.

Following the 2009 season, Tate won the Biletnikoff Award.[5] He was also recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American.

On December 7, 2009, Tate announced that he would forgo his senior year and declared his eligibility for the 2010 NFL Draft.[6]

Professional football career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10 in 199 lb 4.42 s 1.51 s 2.50 s 4.34 s 7.12 s 35 in 10 ft 0 in 17 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[7]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

2010 season[edit]

On April 23, 2010, Tate was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round (60th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. On July 28, 2010, Tate signed a four-year deal with the Seahawks worth $3.261 million.[8][9]

2012 season[edit]

On August 24 during a week 3 pre-season game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Tate returned one punt 92 yards for a touchdown as the Seahawks won the exhibition game 44-14.[10]

During the replacement referee controversy[11] at the beginning of the 2012 NFL season, the Seahawks won a controversial game against Green Bay in week 3, in which Tate pushed off a defender (Sam Shields) and was ruled to have caught a game-winning touchdown as time expired, despite Packers' safety M. D. Jennings arguing that he had also gained possession of the ball. [12][13] The following day, the NFL acknowledged that a joint catch is awarded to the offense and the touchdown ruling was correct, but offensive pass interference penalty should have been called on the play.[14]

In week 10 against the New York Jets, Tate recorded his first passing touchdown to Sidney Rice on a receiver reverse pass.[15]

2013 season[edit]

Tate had a breakout season with the Seahawks in 2013. In addition to improving all of his receiving stats, Tate expanded his role by taking punt-receiving duties. He made some spectacular plays, notably a one-handed catch against the Atlanta Falcons as well as a crucial 71-yard punt return against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, that highlighted his athleticism and special abilities. Pete Carroll, the Seahawks coach, said that he would not coach anyone else to do what Tate can do.[16] During Week 7 against the St. Louis Rams, Tate was flagged for taunting following an 80-yard touchdown reception. Head coach Pete Carroll chastised Tate after the penalty. On November 2, 2013, Tate was fined $7,875 for his taunting penalty. In the final game of the regular season, the Seahawk wide receiver produced one of his best games of the year, recording eight catches for 129 yards and a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams. Again, Russell Wilson threw a deep pass of 47 yards to Tate who caught the ball, and ran it for a touchdown similar to Week 7, minus the taunt as the Seattle Seahawks beat the St. Louis Rams 27-9. Tate went on to win Super Bowl XLVIII as a member of the Seahawks.

Detroit Lions[edit]

2014 season[edit]

On March 12, 2014, Tate signed a five-year, $31 million contract with the Detroit Lions. The deal includes $13.25 million guaranteed.[17]

Professional statistics[edit]

Season Team Receiving Rushing Passing Punt Returns Kickoff Returns Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Att Cmp Yds TD Int Rat PR Yds Avg Long TD KR Yds Avg Long TD Fum Lost
2010 Seattle Seahawks 11 0 21 227 10.8 52 0 2 4 2.0 3 0 - - - - - - 16 202 12.6 63 0 1 10 10 10.0 0 1 0
2011 Seattle Seahawks 16 5 35 382 10.9 33 3 5 14 2.8 14 0 - - - - - - 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - - 1 0
2012 Seattle Seahawks 15 15 45 688 15.3 51 7 3 20 6.7 13 0 1 1 23T 1 0 158.3 - - - - - - - - - - 1 1
2013 Seattle Seahawks 16 13 64 898 14.0 80T 5 3 31 10.3 20 0 - - - - - - 51 585 11.5 71 0 3 57 19.0 24 0 3 0
Total 58 33 165 2,195 13.3 80T 15 13 69 5.3 20 0 1 1 23T 1 0 158.3 68 787 11.6 71 0 4 67 16.8 24 0 6 1
Source: NFL.com

Personal[edit]

He is the son of Golden Tate, Jr., a former wide receiver at Tennessee State who was the 120th overall pick in the fifth-round of the 1984 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. His brother, Wesley, was a running back for Vanderbilt University.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Golden Tate". thebaseballcube.com.
  2. ^ NFL Draft – College Baseball 360
  3. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/draft/?query_type=year_round&year_ID=2010&draft_round=50&draft_type=junreg&
  4. ^ http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/profile.asp?P=Golden-Tate
  5. ^ "Notre Dame's Golden Tate wins Biletnikoff Award". CNN. December 10, 2009. Retrieved May 3, 2010. [dead link]
  6. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg. "Tate leaving the Golden Dome, too". profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. December 7, 2009.
  7. ^ http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/golden-tate?id=497326
  8. ^ "Seahawks agree to terms with Tate". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. July 28, 2010. Retrieved February 10, 2011. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Tate says he and Seahawks have reached deal; team mum". HeraldNet. July 29, 2010. Retrieved February 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2012082456/2012/PRE3/seahawks@chiefs#menu=highlights&tab=analyze
  11. ^ http://www.slate.com/articles/sports/sports_nut/features/2012/nfl_2012/preseason/don_king_replacement_refs_roger_goodell_and_the_nfl_s_culture_of_lockouts_.html
  12. ^ http://deadspin.com/5946101?utm_campaign=socialflow_deadspin_twitter&utm_source=deadspin_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow
  13. ^ "Replacement refs rob Green Bay of victory after bizarre last-second Hail Mary". USA Today. September 24, 2012. 
  14. ^ NFL Statement, September 25, 2012
  15. ^ 2012 Week 10 Can't Miss Play: Golden Touch
  16. ^ "Carroll trusts Golden Tate to take chances"
  17. ^ Golden Tate, Detroit Lions strike five-year contract
  18. ^ http://www.vucommodores.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/wesley_tate_439571.html

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