Golden Tate Blog: He won’t be breaking up that route again

Posted May 30, 2014

Wide receiver Golden Tate talks about visiting the White House and communicating with the defense during practice.

It was important for me to go to the White House last week because 1- it was kind of my way of having closure from the Seahawks, saying the proper goodbyes and being with the guys I just won a championship with. And 2- It’s a once-in-a-lifetime kind of deal. Well, hopefully not because we plan to win a championship here too. But it was a huge honor to have the chance to interact with the leader of our country.

Tate and BentleyGolden Tate and Bill Bentley (Photo: Detroit Lions)

Throwing out the first pitch at the Tigers game was fun too . As you guys probably know, I played baseball throughout my college career. I was drafted twice - in the 42nd round by the Diamondbacks in 2007 and in the 50th round by the San Francisco Giants the year they won the pennant. So to be on the baseball diamond again was super fun. I had a chance to take BP, actually hit a home run so I still have it.

In addition to getting to do some fun things off the field last week, it was great to get back on the field for practice.

After Bill Bentley broke up a pass in front of me, I went over to talk to him. Just trying to figure out what I did wrong, what did I do to give the route away? Did I do something with my stance, did I let my shoulders up or did he guess right? Or did he just have great technique?

Whatever it is, I'm just trying to get better each and every day. And I think that’s what practice is for. At the end of the day, we’re competing against each other trying to win. But once September comes, we’re going to be playing together. And I hope he does the same thing then when I run a route, you know, what happened, what did you see there or what gave this away?

I’m a strong believer that you’re either getting better or getting worse. You’re never staying the same. That’s just kind of how I play the game. I always want to be better.

I definitely got some insight from him, but as far as I’m concerned, he won’t be breaking up that route again.