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Golden’s Foster Experience!

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Golden Tate, Lions host ‘Shop with a Jock’ for military children in need

Friday, December 18th, 2015

– The Detroit Lions’ Golden Tate and teammates shopped with some children of military veterans in need Monday night.

“The 2015 Golden Tate Shop with a Jock Holiday Event” partnered children who have had a parent die during battle or a child who has a military parent overseas and won’t be home for Christmas, with Lions players on shopping sprees.

About 45 families were selected with the children each picking out $100 worth of gifts as well as food and games at Walmart in Taylor.

The Detroit Lions’ Golden Tate and teammates shopped with some children of military veterans in need Monday night.

The 2015 Golden Tate Shop with a Jock Holiday Event partnered children who have either had a parent die during battle or a child of a parent who is overseas and won’t be home for Christmas with Lions players on shopping sprees.

About 45 families were selected with the children each picking out $100 worth of gifts as well as food and games.

The little ones were giddy, not only because they are moments from toy shopping, but because they will be filling up their carts with some Lions by their side.

Tate brought a few of his teammates along for the event at the Walmart in Taylor.

Amy Windgaston brought her two boys. Her husband was deployed nine weeks ago.

“They love sports, they love football and they thought it was a good opportunity to come out and have a connection with the players,” she said. “I thought, they can’t have that connection with their dad, why not do it with someone who is a role model.”

Military Families United with the help of the Golden Tate Foundation were able to give each child $100 to shop for almost anything they want. The best part they got to do it with a Detroit Lion player by their side.

“Just to see the looks on their faces and see how appreciative they are,” Tate said. “It’s just fun getting to know them, just enjoying ourselves.”

“We wanted to make sure the children got to know how much they are loved,” said Debbie Elsworth of Military Families United. “We’re all about sending the love. Military Families United, we honor the fallen, we support those who are serving and fighting for our country and we serve their families.”

Like Amirah Goode, who lost her dad eight years ago.

“It means a lot,” she said. “I know that the Lions football team, you know there is everyone around the world who cares about you, and you know you always have someone there for you.”

The holidays can be a tough time, but here for just a little while these kids could concentrate on being kids.

Every aisle you could see plenty of smiles and feel the excitement.

“They’ve said thank you for me playing,” Tate said. “But I’m saying thank you for your parents and you existing.”

Golden on Sportscenter

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Golden’s Watchlist

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Golden Tate

Here, with his Watchlist, is Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate.

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Breaking Bad

I started watching Breaking Bad on Netflix. The first two episodes, I was thinking, “This is going to get so boring.” It was like, Cooking meth, whatever. I get it, it’s boring. But then at some point … I just got hooked.

Walter White is a boss, man. A boss. He’s super, super smart. And then his counterpart, Jesse Pinkman, is all naive at first, innocent, just trying to make a few bucks. But their relationship ends up going in all of these unpredictable directions. I won’t lie, it gets intense.

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Homeland, on the other hand, had me hooked from the very first episode. This American hero being kept hostage for years and years — and then he finally gets out. But the more you get to know him … you start asking some questions.

And those questions were the heart of the show. That “Is he or isn’t he?” tension. Once we got answers, the tension was gone and it really went downhill fast. The first season was the best, by far. The second season’s alright. But now it’s kind of just faded away. I haven’t really been keeping up. Sorry, Homeland. You’re over.

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Orange is the New Black

I heard from a couple of people that this was a good show, and I kind of dismissed them. But wow, were they right. Let me get this on the record: I do not like Alex. At all. No. Just … no. She doesn’t deserve Piper. She’s the worst.


I watch Power religiously. It’s that classic story of a criminal trying to go legit. (Spoiler: It doesn’t go smoothly.) Power is also one of the best-directed shows on TV.

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Ray Donovan

There’s not much Ray can’t do. He can fix anything. The earth could stop spinning, and Ray could probably find a way to fix it. And I like his style: He doesn’t say much, but you know that when he does say something, he means it. Ray’s got a little hood — a little thug — in him. Don’t mess with Ray.

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Olivia Pope. What more needs to be said? Kerry Washington was a beautiful woman already. But the attitude she brings to this role? It’s amazing. Olivia is just a strong, smart woman.


Empire is definitely one of my favorite shows right now. I’d love to see Cookie Lyon and Olivia Pope battle it out. There aren’t many people on this planet I can imagine rattling Olivia, but Cookie — yeah, Cookie’s a problem. They’re both very, very serious. Fox, ABC, here you go: Crossover episode. You can have that one for free.

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Shark Week

Shark Week always comes during training camp. So you’ll have a long, exhausting day of camp, and then you’ll put on Shark Week. I love learning about animals. Sharks, and snakes, and tigers, and lions — I love it all. Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, whatever. If it has animals and it’s on TV, I’m in.

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The Grayson family, they’re all bad, bad people. And Emily Thorne is out for revenge. Around Season 3 or 4, she finds out [REDACTED], and that’s a huge twist. You should just watch it for yourself. Emily’s tough, man. Silent killer.

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Modern Family

Modern Family is such a funny show. The characters have so many different dynamics. The dad is corny but hilarious, Manny is a genius, and yeah, sure, I’ll come clean: One of my celebrity crushes is Sofia Vergara.

American Ninja Warrior

My girlfriend and I like to watch American Ninja Warrior, mostly because we think one day we’re going to be on it. For real. We feel like we would dominate that show. We’re both athletic. We love being active. Listen: We’d dominate. Put us on. Call it in. Let’s do it.

Stars and Strikes–December 14th at 7 pm!

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Michigan, you don’t want to miss the Stars and Strikes event on December 14th at Lucky Strike in Novi, MI!  Come bowl with Golden Tate and his teammates at 7 pm in what will be an amazing night for all attendees!


Golden’s Humane Society Campaign!

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Check out my new video PSA with @humanesociety & remember to #PassOnPuppyMills!

Volunteers of America Luncheon

Monday, November 16th, 2015

This Veterans Day Golden Future Foundation had the honor of serving and thanking our local Detroit Veterans at the Volunteers of America luncheon. To our Veterans, you are appreciated, respected, and we are forever grateful for your selfless sacrifices to keep this nation free. Elise Pollard, Golden Tate’s Fiance, came with several other Lady Lions to the event today to volunteer. They brought hundreds of coats from the Tate’s coat drive this past month, and assisted Veterans in picking out a coat that fit. They had a chance to sit and chat with the veterans while they ate lunch, and express their gratitude for their sacrifices.

Golden’s Coat Drive for Veterans Day!

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Lions WR @showtimetate and his fiance @elisepollard donated over 2,000 coats to @goodwilldet for Veterans throughout the city of Detroit! #salutetoService

#GFF got the pleasure of meeting a local veteran, Tammy, who came to help collect all of the coats.  Tammy served 2.5 years in the Army and is now a part of GoodWills #operationgoodjobs insuring veterans returning to civilian life have the support they need to succeed.

Huge Thanks to Pierce Elementary for such a successful coat drive and their willingness to give #heartofGOLD

Lions Fans, we are all in this together!

Monday, October 12th, 2015

DETROIT – Golden Tate was disappointed with the Detroit Lions fans who were at Ford Field Sunday.

The veteran receiver didn’t appear angry or sound as if he was blasting the fans after a 42-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. But he also didn’t like some of the things he saw and heard as the Lions’ record fell to 0-5.

Fans began booing when quarterback Matthew Stafford threw an interception on the fourth play of the game – Tate was his intended target – and by the time the game finally ended there were only a few thousand at the most still in the stands.

“You know, I’m the first one to say I love our fans and I think our fans are amazing and they’ve been patient for a long time,” Tate said. “But before the game got out of hand, you know before the game started, I looked up, there a lot of empty seats.

“Early on in the game, our team is getting booed. Later in the game, it sounded like the loudest they got was when Stafford was leaving the game and Dan (Orlovsky) was coming in and that’s not the support that we want.

“You know, when we win, we all win together – the city, as an organization, as a state. When we lose, we all lose together. Today, I felt like at times our fan base kind of turned their back on us.”

At that point, a reporter started to interrupt with another question and Tate said he wasn’t finished.

“But we have a lot of confidence in our fan base and we can’t do this without our fan base,” Tate continued. “And we expect them to be with us a little bit better next week. We got a chance to still be special. We got two more at home … and we’re expecting our fan base to be there for us and support us.

“I know we’re not playing the type of football that we want to play right now but we need our fans. We need them.”

Tate was asked if he realized his comments might not go over well with the long-suffering fans, many of whom have seen the Lions win one just one playoff game since 1957, when they won the city’s last NFL championship.

“I consider us family, though, and I think there’s going to be time where family go through trials and tribulations,” Tate said. “There’s going to be times where we don’t agree with each other as far as family but at the end of the day we still gotta find a way to come together is how I see it.

“I don’t see our fan base as just the Lions fans. I consider us family and what I mean by that is it’s more than football to me. It’s being out in the community trying to bring this city together. You know, helping whoever I can who is down. And right now we’re just down.

“But we need the continuous support of our family at the end of the day.”

Golden Tate thriving with Lions after leaving Seattle

Monday, October 5th, 2015

He hoisted the Lombardi Trophy high overhead as he rode down Fourth Avenue in Seattle with his fellow receivers, never thinking for a second that his time with the Seahawks was done.

And when the championship parade ended at CenturyLink Field, Golden Tate sipped from a bottle of champagne and stood on stage smiling and laughing as Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, general manager John Schneider and owner Paul Allen spoke.

For four years, Seattle was Tate’s home, the city that raised him from a “stupid rookie” to one of the most underrated playmakers in the league. And now that free agency was approaching, he didn’t want to leave.

He loved the fans and the organization and the city, and as confetti fell that day, there was no place else Tate wanted to be.

“Actually, after the Super Bowl, I was so confident I was coming back, I was showing up to the facility, just never cleaned my locker out, left all my stuff in there,” Tate told the Free Press last week. “I thought, ‘I’m going to be back. I know.’”

For most of February 2014, Tate was in and out of the Seahawks’ Renton headquarters. He hung out with the team’s equipment guys, had multiple conversations with the affable Carroll and traded text messages with Schneider “way more than I had during the season.”

The tenor of the conversations always was the same, with Carroll and Schneider telling Tate how much they appreciated him and wanted him back, and both sides vowing to make it happen.

By the time March rolled around, Tate had settled into the California beach house he was renting for the off-season. He invited his sisters for a spring-break trip that happened to coincide with free agency, never expecting he’d be making travel plans of his own.

But business is business in the NFL, and when contract talks with the Seahawks fizzled, Tate found himself suddenly boarding a flight to Detroit, where a five-year contract and a new beginning awaited.

“My emotions, I didn’t know what to feel,” Tate said. “I thought for so long, ‘I’m going to be a Seattle Seahawk the rest of my life. I’ve done everything I possibly can.’ And it didn’t work out, unfortunately. They had just paid Percy Harvin, so they had a large sum of money invested in him, and I wasn’t looking for $60 million like he was. It just didn’t work.”

Things didn’t work for Tate and the Seahawks collectively.

But separately, as Tate prepares for his return to Seattle on Monday for the Lions’ prime-time showdown with the Seahawks on Monday Night Football, no one can complain.

The Lions got what turned out to be the steal of free agency in Tate, who caught 99 passes last year to lead the team to the playoffs.

The Seahawks used the money they saved on Tate to help sign Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas to contract extensions last spring, then made their second straight trip to the Super Bowl.

Tate posted career numbers in his first season with the Lions (99 catches, 1,331 yards) and has settled in nicely to his new home.

“I’m thrilled for him,” Carroll said in a teleconference with Detroit reporters last week. “I’m thrilled for our guys. To me, he’s one of our guys. That’s just the way I look at it. Our guys watch our players that are in other places and we enjoy just seeing how they do. We don’t want them to do it against us, of course, but we love to see them have success in other places.”

Reaping benefits

Long before he was a Pro Bowl receiver, Golden Tate III dreamed about becoming exactly that.

“Ball” was the first word he spoke as a baby. As a 6- or 7-year-old, he prayed every night that he would be a professional athlete. And he spent his days growing up in Nashville, Tenn., playing football, baseball, basketball, hockey or whatever other game he could find in the neighborhood streets.

If not an athlete, Tate said he wanted to be a police officer growing up. Or a professional fisherman.

Some of his fondest memories as a youth are the Fridays he had in kindergarten and first grade, when his parents picked him up from school with a Happy Meal from McDonald’s and drove straight to Percy Priest Lake or Old Hickory Lake.

“With fishing poles hanging out of our Jeep and tackle boxes and the worms and crickets,” Tate said. “Going to catch bluegill and perch and bass and catfish, just used to love it, man. It was family time. You didn’t have cell phones then, all you had was each other.”

Tate traveled the South playing AAU baseball as a youth, with his grandmother usually in the driver’s seat and two coolers packed with sandwich meat and yogurt and Gatorade by his side.

He was drafted twice as an outfielder — in the 42nd round by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2007 and in the 50th round by the San Francisco Giants in 2010 — but gravitated more toward football, the sport that his father, Golden Tate II, starred in at Tennessee State.

A running back in high school, Tate started two games at receiver as a freshman at Notre Dame and blossomed at the position the next two years. He left school after his 93-catch, 1,496-yard junior season, and the Seahawks made him a second-round pick in their illustrious 2010 draft class that included Russell Okung, Kam Chancellor and Thomas.

Tate played sparingly as a rookie in a move that he now says was the best thing that could have happened to his career. He knew little about running proper routes then, and less about taking care of his body and how to go about football in a professional way.

“My first season in college I only caught (six) passes, and so my second and third year were my seasons,” Tate said. “I thought I had it figured out, but little did I know. Looking back at it, you got to thank Coach Carroll, because who knows if he rushes me into that situation of being a starter or being the guy, who knows mentally (how I would have handled it). I don’t think it would have, but mentally that could have screwed me up for the rest of my career, me doubting myself.

“But because they didn’t put the pressure on me, they were patient with me, it let my learning process be natural. When I was ready, I think we all reaped the benefits of it.”

Tate led the Seahawks with 64 catches for 898 yards during their Super Bowl season of 2013, but he was largely considered a complementary player on a team that relied heavily on its defense and running game.

Beyond the money — the Lions offered “significantly” more in free agency than the Seahawks, and Tate acknowledged that “if the deal was that close in numbers, I would have stayed in Seattle” — Tate said he was attracted to the Lions in part by the chance to play alongside Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford on an up-and-coming team in a pass-friendly offense.

Of course, Johnson missed three games and parts of two others with ankle injuries last year, Stafford has thrown 18 interceptions in his last 20 games, and the Lions are off to an 0-3 start and have the NFL’s 27th-ranked offense.

“I’ve never been 0-3,” he said. “And I think this is the most talent we’ve had here in a long time, and this is one of the most talented teams I’ve been on in my career. And I want to win. I could have gone to one of these very, very bad teams and had nothing at all and got paid a lot of money, but I wanted to come here because I see a bright future. I see all the pieces that we need to win.”

Zero regrets

The Lions went 11-5 last year, and Tate made the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career.

But while he was in Arizona playing in the league’s annual All-Star scrimmage, his former team was across town preparing for its second straight Super Bowl.

One night, Tate went to dinner with Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse and some other friends, and he ran into Schneider, who was dining at the same restaurant with his wife, Traci, and Fox reporter Jay Glazer.

Tate said Schneider has told him on multiple occasions that he made a mistake letting the receiver go and still believes in him as a player, but that didn’t make watching his former team in the Super Bowl any easier.

“There was definitely envy,” Tate said. “I’m extremely happy here and I have zero regrets at all, but you can’t tell me, just like I’m here now, I very easily could have been back on that team playing in another Super Bowl. I could have. But it is what it is. That’s what life is. It’s choices you make.

“I don’t look back. I’m still excited about where I am and love where I am and the long-term future of this organization. But you can’t help but to be like, ‘Damn.’”

Last week, Tate made headlines by saying on his weekly radio show on WMGC-FM (105.1) that opposing defensive players have told him after every game this year they knew what plays the Lions were calling.

Many took those comments as a shot at offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, but Tate said that wasn’t the case. He said he still believes in Lombardi and the offense.

“I think we all just need to be a little bit better,” he said.

That starts Monday night in Seattle, where the Lions will try to turn their season around against one of the best defenses in the NFL.

Chancellor and Thomas, Tate’s draftmates from 2010, still are patrolling the Seahawks’ secondary, and Sherman is so good that he usually shuts down whatever receiver he’s covering.

Tate said he and Sherman used to have epic battles in practice, and he’s ready for those memories and others to flood back when he steps on CenturyLink Field.

“I’m going to try my best to keep my emotions under wraps and use my emotions to help our team, not draw negative attention, or any more negative publicity,” Tate said.

Coach Jim Caldwell said he’s not worried about that with Tate, who teammates describe as the ultimate competitor.

“There’s emotion there. It brings back memories. So these guys are human. They’re not inhuman. They’re not robots,” Caldwell said. “So they do feel it and they do sense it, but I think they’re pros, too. And so I do think that they can manage and they can handle the stress and the excitement and all of those things that kind of go along with it.”

Tate, second on the Lions with 15 catches for 161 yards, is plenty excited for Monday night’s game. But there’s no stress or nervousness. At 0-3 and with a chance to help save the Lions’ season, there’s no time for that.

“Obviously, I want to win this game, and I tried not to worry about this game until the week got here,” Tate said. “But you can’t help but to think, ‘It’s my old team, man. Guys who drafted me, everyone who helped me get to here.’ This is a chance for me to go out there in that stadium and handle business. That’ll be great for us to do.”