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A conversation with... Golden Tate

Former Notre Dame wide receiver Golden Tate looks back through his collegiate career and pinpoints his first receiving touchdown as his most memorable play.

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Interesting, considering that in 2009, Tate performed at an exceptional level, adding numerous memorable plays to his game film. At the conclusion of his Notre Dame career, however, the wide receiver reflects on that first touchdown in 2007, a 25-yard pass from Evan Sharpley against the Purdue Boilermakers.

“My first touchdown at Notre Dame is my signature moment,” said Tate. “The coach had confidence in me and put me in. That is where it all started.”

Tate was recently named the 2009 Biletnikoff award winner. The award is given to the nation’s top collegiate receiver. “It’s a great award, to be listed with those receivers,” Tate said.

Now that he has announced his intention to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft, preparations for playing at the professional level are up next.

“I will start interviewing with agencies soon,” Tate said. “After that, I’ll set up with a training facility to get ready for the next level. I want to work on my speed and get faster.”

The two-sport athlete at Notre Dame agrees that playing on the Irish baseball team aided in honing his receiving skills. “Baseball helped me a lot,” Tate said, “I learned to catch the ball at the highest point. It’s been a big help.”

Golden Tate achieved at the highest level at Notre Dame and is ready to begin a new chapter in the NFL. “I am excited,” Tate said. “I want to do well at the next level.”