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Golden Herman Tate III (born August 2, 1988) is an American football wide receiver for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Notre Dame, where he was recognized as an All-American, and was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions, with whom he made a Pro Bowl appearance.

Golden Tate
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Tate in Lions Training Camp
No. 15 – New York Giants
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1988-08-02) August 2, 1988 (age 31)
Hendersonville, Tennessee
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:197 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school:Pope John Paul II
(Hendersonville, Tennessee)
College:Notre Dame
NFL Draft:2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 60
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2019
Receptions:647
Receiving yards:7,664
Receiving average:11.8
Receiving touchdowns:42
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early yearsEdit

Tate was born in Hendersonville, Tennessee. He attended Pope John Paul II High School, where he played football, baseball, and ran track.[1] He rushed 140 times for 1,413 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior in 2006 to go along with 28 receptions for 510 yards and six touchdowns. He also had three interceptions on defense, returned a kickoff for a touchdown and was the Knights' punter. He was named as a Tennessee Division II first-team all-state pick in 2006 as an athlete by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association and also by the Tennessee Football Coaches Association. His jersey was later retired by Pope John Paul II High School.[2]

After he injured his thumb in his senior season and could not play baseball, Tate switched to track and field and posted the state's top qualifying times in the 100-meter dash (10.93 s) and 200-meter dash (22.33 s). He was also a member of the John Paul 4 × 100 m relay squad that captured the state title with a time of 42.86 seconds.[3]

Baseball careerEdit

Tate was drafted out of high school by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 42nd round of the 2007 amateur draft.[4] Tate did not sign with the Diamondbacks and instead played baseball for the University of Notre Dame. In 2008, Tate's freshman year at Notre Dame, 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.[4] Tate also scored 45 runs his sophomore year which is the third highest by any Notre Dame baseball player.[5]

On June 9, 2010, Tate was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 50th round (1,518th overall) of the 2010 MLB Draft, but did not sign.[6]

Tate has not competed in baseball since 2009, his sophomore season with Notre Dame.[7]

College football careerEdit

Tate played football for Notre Dame from 2007 to 2009.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11][12][13][14] 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 Fighting Irish, bringing his season total to 58 catches for 1,080 yards (18.6 yard average) with 10 touchdowns.[15]

In 2009, Tate had nine games with at least 100 receiving yards. On October 3, against Washington, he had nine receptions for 244 yards.[16] On November 28, against Stanford in his final collegiate game, he had 10 receptions for 201 yards and three touchdowns.[17] Following the 2009 season, Tate won the Biletnikoff Award.[18] He was also recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American.[19] Overall, he finished the season with 93 receptions for 1,496 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns.[20]

On December 7, 2009, Tate announced that he would forgo his senior year and declared his eligibility for the 2010 NFL Draft.[21]

StatisticsEdit

Golden Tate Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Year Team Games Rec Yds Avg TDs Att Yds Avg Tds Tch Yds Avg Tds
2007 ND 12 6 131 21.8 1 1 4 4.0 0 7 135 19.3 1
2008 ND 13 58 1,080 18.6 10 5 37 7.4 1 63 1,117 17.7 11
2009 ND 12 93 1,496 16.1 15 25 186 7.4 2 118 1,682 14.3 17
Career 37 157 2,707 17.2 26 31 227 7.3 3 188 2,934 15.6 29

Professional football careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 10 14 in
(1.78 m)
199 lb
(90 kg)
30 12 in
(0.77 m)
9 14 in
(0.23 m)
4.42 s 1.54 s 4.34 s 7.12 s 35 in
(0.89 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
17 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[22][23]

Seattle SeahawksEdit

On April 23, 2010, Tate was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round (60th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.[24] On July 28, 2010, Tate signed a four-year deal with the Seahawks worth $3.261 million.[25][26]

2010 season: Rookie yearEdit

On September 19, Tate made his NFL debut and had a 52-yard reception against the Denver Broncos.[27] During his rookie season in 2010, Tate caught 21 passes for 227 receiving yards. In addition, he returned 16 punts and a kickoff for 212 total combined return yards.[28]

2011 seasonEdit

In 2011, Tate recorded 35 catches for 382 receiving yards and three touchdowns.[29]

2012 seasonEdit

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.[30]

During the replacement referee controversy[31] at the beginning of the 2012 NFL season, the Seahawks won a controversial game against Green Bay in Week 3, in which Tate simultaneously caught a pass in the endzone with Packers' safety M. D. Jennings. According to NFL rules, simultaneous possession goes to the offense. In Week 10 against the New York Jets, Tate recorded his first passing touchdown to Sidney Rice on a receiver reverse pass.[32] In 15 games, Tate made 45 receptions for 688 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He also made 51 punt returns along with three kickoff returns for 642 total combined return yards.[33]

2013 seasonEdit

 
Golden Tate vs. the Rams in 2013

Tate had a breakout season with the Seahawks in 2013. In addition to improving all of his receiving statistics, 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.[34] In the game against the Buccaneers, he earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.[35] Pete Carroll, the Seahawks head coach, said that he would not coach anyone else to do what Tate can do.[36] During Week 7 against the St. Louis Rams, Tate was flagged for taunting following an 80-yard touchdown reception. 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, Tate produced one of his best games of the year, recording eight catches for 129 yards and a touchdown in another game 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 Seahawks won by a score of 27-9.[37] Tate went on to win Super Bowl XLVIII over the Denver Broncos as a member of the Seahawks. In the 43–8 victory, Tate had three receptions for 17 yards.[38]

Detroit LionsEdit

2014 seasonEdit

 
Golden Tate with the Lions in 2014

On March 12, 2014, Tate signed a five-year, $31 million contract with the Detroit Lions. The deal included $13.25 million guaranteed.[39] With new quarterback Matthew Stafford, he set a career-high in receptions with 99, sixth highest in the NFL, and receiving yards with 1,331, seventh highest in the NFL.[40][41] On January 19, 2015, Tate was selected to the 2015 Pro Bowl, his first Pro Bowl appearance.[42] He was ranked 85th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2015.[43]

2015 seasonEdit

Tate and the Lions struggled in the first half of the season but gained momentum in the second half. Tate scored two touchdowns each in Weeks 14 and 15, against the St. Louis Rams and New Orleans Saints, to bring his season touchdown total to six.[44] Overall, he finished the 2015 season with 90 receptions for 813 yards and six touchdowns.[45]

2016 seasonEdit

In a Week 9 game against the Minnesota Vikings, the Detroit Lions stormed back with 23 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 16–16. On the first drive of overtime, Detroit marched down the field into field goal range. On 3rd down and long, Stafford threw a pass to Tate. He "flipped in" for the touchdown to give the Lions a 22–16 comeback win in overtime.[46] Tate finished the 2016 season with 91 receptions for 1,077 yards and four touchdowns.[47] He eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the second time in his career and the 90-reception mark for the third time in his career. Tate's 676 yards after the catch ranked highest among NFL wide receivers that season.[48]

2017 seasonEdit

On September 10, 2017, Tate made his season debut against the Arizona Cardinals. In the 35–23 victory, he recorded his 12th career game with at least 100 receiving yards. He finished the day with ten receptions for 107 yards.[49] Overall, he finished the 2017 season with 92 receptions for 1,003 yards and five touchdowns.[50]

2018 seasonEdit

Tate started his 2018 season with seven receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown in a loss to the New York Jets.[51] He followed that up with 109 receiving yards in a loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2.[52] In Week 4, against the Dallas Cowboys, he recorded eight receptions for 132 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns.[53]

Philadelphia EaglesEdit

On October 30, 2018, Tate was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a third-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.[54] Overall, he had 74 receptions for 795 yards and four touchdowns.[55] On January 6, 2019 in the Wild Card Round against the Chicago Bears, Tate made the clutch game-winning touchdown catch on fourth down on a ball thrown by quarterback Nick Foles.[56] The catch helped the Eagles advance onto the divisional round against the New Orleans Saints. In the 20-14 loss, he had two receptions for 18 yards.[57]

New York GiantsEdit

On March 14, 2019, Tate signed a four-year, $37.5 million contract with the New York Giants that includes $23 million fully guaranteed.[58]

Tate was suspended the first four games of the 2019 season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.[59] He was reinstated from suspension on September 30.[60] In week 6 against the New England Patriots, Tate caught 6 passes for 102 yards and his first receiving touchdown of the season in the 35-14 loss. [61] In week 10 against the New York Jets, Tate caught 4 passes for 95 yards and 2 touchdowns in the 34–27 loss. [62]

Professional statisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Punt returns Kickoff returns Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD KR Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2010 Seattle 11 0 21 227 10.8 52 0 2 4 2.0 3 0 16 202 12.6 63 0 1 10 10.0 10 0 1 0
2011 Seattle 16 5 35 382 10.9 33 3 5 14 2.8 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
2012 Seattle 15 15 45 688 15.3 51 7 3 20 6.7 13 0 1 1
2013 Seattle 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
2014 Detroit 16 16 99 1,331 13.4 73T 4 5 30 6.0 13 0 1 0
2015 Detroit 16 16 90 813 9.0 43 6 6 41 6.8 15 0 20 149 7.5 23 0 1 26 26.0 26 0 1 1
2016 Detroit 16 16 91 1,077 11.8 67 4 10 4 0.4 11 0 2 1
2017 Detroit 16 12 92 1,003 10.9 71T 5 5 22 4.4 10 0 2 23 11.5 13 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 1
2018 Detroit 7 4 44 517 11.8 67 3 3 42 14 30 0 2 15 7.5 9 0 1 0
Philadelphia 8 3 30 278 9.3 32 1 1 -8 -8 -8 0 5 13 2.6 12 0 2 0
Career 137 100 611 7,214 11.8 80T 38 43 200 4.7 30 0 97 987 10.2 71 0 7 93 13.3 26 0 13 4
Source: NFL.com

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Punt returns Kickoff returns Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD KR Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2010 Seattle 2 1 1 5 5 5 0 1 13 13 13 0 1 11 11 11 0 - - - - - 0 0
2012 Seattle 2 1 10 138 13.8 29 1 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 0
2013 Seattle 3 2 8 61 7.6 13 0 - - - - - 4 15 3.8 10 0 1 20 20 20 0 0 0
2014 Detroit 1 1 6 89 14.8 51 1 - - - - - 1 2 2 2 0 - - - - - 0 0
2016 Detroit 1 1 3 25 8.3 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - - - - - - - 0 0
2018 Philadelphia 2 2 7 64 9.1 28 1 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 0
Career 11 8 35 382 10.9 51 3 2 13 6.5 13 0 6 28 4.7 11 0 1 20 20 20 0 0 0

Personal lifeEdit

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.[63] His younger brother, Wesley Tate, was a running back for Vanderbilt University.[64] His younger twin sisters Breanna[65] and Deanna Tate[66] are both sprinters at The University of Mississippi.

In March 2017, Tate married Elise Pollard.[67]

Legal issuesEdit

On June 5, 2010 Tate was involved in an incident in which he and a friend entered a closed local donut shop at 3:00 a.m. Tate lived in the building and was able to enter the shop as a back door inside the building was left open. Tate and his friend were given a warning with no charges brought against either.[68]

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