Golden Tate starred in his career at the University of Notre Dame. During his three years with the Irish, Golden caught 157 receptions for 2,707 yards to go along with 26 touchdowns and rushed for another three scores. In 2009, Golden hauled in 93 receptions to go along with 17 total touchdowns. Golden was recognized with these amazing accomplishments by not only being named an unanimous All-American, but also being presented with the Fred Biltenikoff Award. This prestigious award is given out yearly to recognize America’s top college football wide receiver by the TQC Foundation, Inc.
Golden excelled in baseball and was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 42nd round of the 2007 Amateur draft. Golden declined the offer and attended Notre Dame where he continued playing baseball in addition to football. During his sophomore season, Golden posted a .329 average in 55 games. This led to Golden being drafted for the second time in 2010 by the San Francisco Giants but he declined again and shifted his focus to a career in the NFL.
Golden was drafted in the 2nd round (60th overall) by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2010 NFL draft. Golden appeared in all 16 games for the Seahawks in 2010, catching 35 receptions and three touchdowns. On September 24, 2012, Golden was a part of one of the memorable moments in franchise history as he hauled in two touchdowns, including the game winning 24 yard catch as time expired to give the Seahawks a 14-12 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
Coming off a Super Bowl victory during the 2013 season with the Seattle Seahawks, 2014 was a career year for Golden in his first year with the Lions. He hauled in 99 catches and amassing more than 1,330 receiving yards, both of which were top 10 in the NFL. He’s also regarded as one of the NFL’s most sure-handed receivers. Due to these accomplishments, Golden was named a Pro Bowler for the 2014 season, assuredly his first of many appearances!
Playing for Team Irvin, Golden once again starred on the field. Paired with teammate Matthew Stafford in the 2015 Pro Bowl, Golden once again led his team in receiving, hauling in two catches for 98 yards, including a 60 yard reception that helped Team Irvin defeat Team Carter 32-28 in Glendale, Arizona.