Jun 19, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT
Michael Appelgate, a 2013 graduate of DePauw University (Greencastle, Ind.), is currently an arts & entertainment writer for the Salt Lake Tribune. A native of Kent, Wash., Appelgate is a diehard Seattle sports fan and a huge fan of the Oregon Ducks basketball court.
In three years at Notre Dame, Golden Tate endeared himself to the Fighting Irish fan base with dazzling catches and blazing speed.
In the same amount of time, the 24-year-old is making a name for himself with the Seattle Seahawks, and most recently, on the national scene.
Four of Tate’s plays during the 2012 season are thus far highlighted in the NFL’s list of last season’s top 100 plays. Among other Seahawks highlights, one of his plays in listed at No. 34 — a team high. Tate’s other ranked plays are Nos. 59 (a pass to fellow WR, Sidney Rice), 88 and 96.
While the four plays are probably not well known outside of Seattle, another was arguably the most important of the 2012 season. “The Catch” took place against the Green Bay Packers, Sept., 24, and eventually led to the end of the replacement referees. It also led to Tate being called by many a cheater.
Anyone who has been in the competitive realm of sports know that Tate wasn’t cheating on that play, he was just competing, and to say otherwise is just foolish. The good folks over at coldhardfootballfacts.com did a marvelous job in explaining it was a legitimate catch.
Tate had a breakout season last year, tallying 45 receptions for 1,297 yards and seven touchdowns. Over the final nine games of the season, he led all Seattle wide receivers in receptions (32) and yards (492). With Tate, head coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider are quietly building one of the most talented wide receiver corps in the NFL. Headlining the Seahawks offseason was a trade for Minnesota’s Percy Harvin.
With Rice and another talented receiver, Doug Baldwin, The Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta asked Tate if he was uneasy about Harvin’s addition. Carroll and Schneider reassured Tate would be an important cog and will continue to lineup up opposite of Rice on the outside while Harvin will be featured in the slot. After speaking with Carroll, Tate was “excited to see how creative (the Seahawks) offensive coordinators and receivers coaches can get.’’
Tate caught passes thrown by Jimmy Clausen from 2007-2009, and tallied 157 catches for 2,707 yards and 31 touchdowns. The All-American was drafted in the second round (60th overall) by Seattle.
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