|Born:||July 21, 1952
|Died:||October 21, 1975
|College||University of Nebraska|
|1975||Hamilton Tiger Cats|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Honours||1971 - National Champions Nebraska Cornhuskers|
A graduate of the University of Nebraska (where he majored in business administration,) Pate was a 3 time letterman with the Cornhuskers and a member their 1971 National Championship team. He joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1975 and as a rookie played 12 regular season games and recovered 1 fumble.
On October 18, 1975, playing against the Stampeders in Calgary, he suffered an aneurysm late in the fourth quarter during a running play deep in Hamilton territory on which Willie Burden scored to win the game for Calgary. Pate was critically injured on the play after striking his head on the McMahon Stadium turf while being blocked by Stampeders fullback Rick Galbos. Only 23 at the time, he never regained consciousness and died three days later.