Golden Tate
WR #15
Notre Dame
Hendersonville, TN

Quick Stats (2017):

Career Stats
TOTAL 459 5,548 12.1 80 29 36 151 4.2 20 0 10 3
2017 DET 2 2 14 132 9.4 19 0 2 7 3.5 6 0 -- --
2016 DET 16 16 91 1,077 11.8 67 4 10 4 0.4 11 0 2 1
2015 DET 16 16 90 813 9 43 6 6 41 6.8 15 0 1 1
2014 DET 16 16 99 1,331 13.4 73T 4 5 30 6 13 0 1 0
2013 SEA 16 13 64 898 14 80T 5 3 31 10.3 20 0 3 0
2012 SEA 15 15 45 688 15.3 51 7 3 20 6.7 13 0 1 1
2011 SEA 16 5 35 382 10.9 33 3 5 14 2.8 14 0 1 0
2010 SEA 11 0 21 227 10.8 52 0 2 4 2 3 0 1 0
Recent Games
1 ARI W 35-23 10 107 10.7 19 0 2 7 3.5 6 0 -- --
2 @NYG W 24-10 4 25 6.3 10 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Eighth-year receiver who has established himself as one of the most reliable pass-catchers in the NFL. Joined the Lions in 2014 after spending his first four seasons in the League with the Seattle Seahawks (2010-13). Earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl following a career 2014 season.


  • Pro Bowl: 2015


  • Signed by the Detroit Lions as an unrestricted free agent to a five-year contract on March 12, 2014.
  • Drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round (60th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Eighth-year receiver who has established himself as one of the most reliable pass-catchers in the NFL. Joined the Lions in 2014 after spending his first four seasons in the League with the Seattle Seahawks (2010-13). Earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl following a career 2014 season.

  • Tate caught 6 passes for 77 yards against Green Bay in Week 17 of the 2016 season (1/1) and finished the season with a team-high 91 catches. By recording 91 receptions in 2016, Tate became the second player in team history to record 90+ receptions in three different seasons. He joined WR Herman Moore (123 in 1995, 106 in 1996 and 104 in 1997) as the only Lions receivers to accomplish this feat and to do so in three consecutive seasons.
  • With 145 yards at New Orleans (12/4/16), Tate reached 5,000 career receiving yards.
  • With Johnson (1,077) reaching 1,000 receiving yards in 2014, he joined Tate (1,331) in the surpassing of 1,000 receiving yards that season. They became the first pair of Lions receivers to both reach 1,000 receiving yards in the same season since 2006 (WR Roy Williams, 1310; WR Mike Furrey, 1,086). In Lions history, this is the sixth time that two Lions receivers have each reached 1,000 receiving yards in the same season (1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2006 and 2014).
  • Tate caught a career-high 11 receptions for 109 yards in the team’s 20-16 fourth quarter comeback win over Miami in 2014 (11/9/14). By grabbing 11 passes, Tate set a new franchise record for the most consecutive games (6) with 7+ receptions. He broke the previous record of five shared by WR Brett Perriman (5, 1996) and WR Calvin Johnson (5, 2012).
  • With 109 yards against the Dolphins, he also recorded 100+-yards in three straight games for the first time in his career (154 vs. NO; 151 at Atl; 109 vs. Mia).
  • Tate registered 151 yards in the Lions’ 22-21 comeback win vs. Atlanta in London (10/26/14). Combined with his 154 yards the previous week vs. New Orleans (10/19), Tate became the third receiver in Lions history with back-to-back 150-yard games, joining E Cloyce Box (1952) and WR Calvin Johnson (2013) as the only players in team history with back-to-back 150-yard games.
  • Has played in eight postseason games (five starts), including three in 2013.

2016: Started in Week 1 at Indianapolis (9/11), making seven receptions for 41 yards and a long of 11.

  • Caught two passes for 13 yards in Week 2 vs. Tennessee (9/18).
  • Notched four receptions for 40 yards with a long of 15 in Week 3 at Green Bay (9/25).
  • Connected with QB Matthew Stafford in the fourth quarter of Week 5 vs. Philadelphia (10/9) for a 27-yard reception to set up the game-winning field goal. Finished the game with three catches for 39 yards, and a career-high three rushes for six yards.
  • In Week 6 vs. Los Angeles (10/16), recorded a career-high 165 receiving yards on eight receptions and scored one touchdown. Made the third-longest reception of his career on a 61-yard pass from QB  Matthew Stafford, and notched his ninth career 100+ yard game. Also rushed for three yards on one attempt, logging a career-high 168 all-purpose yards.
  • Recorded six catches for 93 yards in Week 7 vs. Washington (10/23), including a pair of receptions for 20+ yards that helped the Lions score on both respective drives. 
  • In Week 8 at Houston (10/30), hauled in seven receptions for 42 yards with a long of 13.
  • In Week 9 at Minnesota (11/6), tied a single-game career high with 11 receptions for 79 receiving yards and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 28-yard pass in overtime that gave the Lions a 22-16 road win. Also rushed for one yard on one carry.
  • Appeared in his 100th career game in Week 11 vs. Jacksonville (11/20). Logged three receptions for 27 yards with a long of 13.
  • In Week 12 vs. Minnesota on Thanksgiving (11/24), caught five passes for 77 yards. Connected with QB Matthew Stafford for a 41-yard reception that helped set up a Lions’ field goal score.
  • In Week 13 at New Orleans (12/4), caught eight passes for 145 yards and scored on a 66-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Recorded his 10th 100-yard career game and surpassed 5,000 career receiving yards (5,101) in the Lions' 28-13 win.
  • In Week 14 vs. Chicago (12/11), caught six passes for 58 yards marking his third consecutive season with 70+ receptions (71).
  • Recorded his 11th career 100-yard game in Week 15 at New York Giants (12/18) when he caught eight passes for 122 yards, including a 67-yard reception.
  • Caught six passes for 58 yards in Week 16 at Dallas (12/26). His 58 yards brought his season receiving yard total to 1,000, marking his second-career 1,000-yard season.
  • In Week 17 vs. Green Bay (1/1), caught six passes for 77 yards and one touchdown. Finished the season with a team-best 91 catches. Also gained seven yards on one rushing attempt.
  • Had three receptions for 25 yards in Wild Card playoff game at Seattle (1/7).

2015: Tate caught four passes in the 2015 season finale at Chicago (1/3) and finished the year with 90 receptions to become the fourth Lions player to record 90+ receptions in consecutive seasons (99, 2014). He (189) also joined WR Herman Moore (1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98), WR Brett Perriman (1995-96) and WR Calvin Johnson (2011-12, 2012-13) as the only players to record 180+ receptions over two seasons, and concluded the year with 813 yards and six touchdowns.

  • Caught four receptions for 24 yards in Week 1 at San Diego (9/13).
  • Garnered six receptions for 80 yards with an average of 18.3 and a long of 19 yards in Week 2 at Minnesota (9/20).
  • Grabbed five receptions for 57 yards with an average of 11.4 yards and a long of 33 in Week 3 vs. Denver (9/27).
  • In Week 4 at Seattle (10/5), snagged three receptions for 29 yards with an average of 9.7 yards and a long of 22.
  • Recorded eight receptions for 74 yards in Week 5 vs. Arizona (10/11).
  • In Week 6 vs. Chicago (10/18), caught six passes for 40 yards with a long of 22. Connected on a bullet from QB Matthew Stafford for a two-yard touchdown pass, his first of the season, in the second quarter.
  • In Week 7 vs. Minnesota (10/25), garnered two receptions for 14 yards with a long of 11 yards.
  • Led the team with six receptions for 59 yards with an average of 9.8 and a long of 16 yards in Week 8 at Kansas City (11/1).
  • In Week 10 at Green Bay, posted four receptions for 52 yards. Tate rushed for a first down on an 11-yard rush and moved the Lions into scoring position with a 43-yard reception on the Lions’ nine-play, 80-yard scoring drive in the fourth quarter that resulted in a touchdown, giving the Lions an 18-10 lead with 1:57 left in the fourth quarter.
    • It was the second game of Tate’s career that he has registered a 10+-yard rush and a 40+-yard reception.
  • In Week 11 vs. Oakland (11/22) caught a team-high eight passes for 73 yards with an average of 9.1 yards. With 73 yards Tate surpassed the 4,000-career yards mark.
    • With eight receptions against Oakland, Tate notched his seventh career game with eight+ receptions, including six since the beginning of the 2014 season.
  • In Week 12 vs. Philadelphia (11/22), recorded seven receptions for 50 yards with one touchdown. Caught a bullet from QB Matthew Stafford and walked into the end zone to put the Lions up 14.
  • In Week 13 vs. Green Bay (12/3), led the team with eight receptions for 63 yards.
  • In Week 14 at St. Louis (12/13), netted nine receptions for 60 yards and two touchdowns. Tate recorded a season best and tied a career high with two touchdowns, the last time occurring at St. Louis in 2013. Tate achieved this feat for the fourth time in his career.
  • In Week 15 at New Orleans (12/21) had six receptions for 45 yards and posted two touchdowns for the second consecutive week. Tied a single-game best for the second time this season.
  • In Week 16 vs. San Francisco (12/27), had four receptions for 59 yards with a long of 36.
  • In Week 17 at Chicago (1/3), caught four passes for 34 yards.

2014: Had a breakout season in his first year in Detroit as he led the team in receptions (99), receiving yards (1,331), both of which are career-highs, and also recorded four touchdowns. Established himself as a reliable target for QB Matthew Stafford in key situations, as he finished second in the NFL in third-down receptions (34) and receiving yards (536), as well as third in yards after the catch with 720.

  • In his first regular season game as an Lion, Tate recorded six catches for 93 yards in Week 1 vs. New York Giants (9/8).
  • Caught five receptions for 57 yards in Week 2 at Carolina (9/14).
  • Logged five catches for 51 yards in Week 3 vs. Green Bay (9/21).
  • Totaled 116 receiving yards on a then-career-high eight catches in Week 4 at New York Jets (9/28).
  • Recorded seven catches for a career-high 134 yards while also registering his first-career touchdown with the Lions in Week 5 vs. Buffalo (10/5). His 134 yards marked the first time in his career he has registered back-to-back 100-yard receiving games (116, Week 4 at NYJ).
  • With seven receptions in Week 6 at Minnesota (10/12), Tate set a new career high for receptions over a three-game span (22).
  • Recorded a team- and then-career-high 10 catches for 154 yards and a touchdown in Week 7 vs. New Orleans (10/19).
  • Caught seven passes for a team-high 151 yards and a touchdown in Week 8 at Atlanta (10/26). With seven receptions vs. the Falcons, Tate tied the franchise record for most consecutive games with 7+ receptions as he became the third player in team history with 7+ receptions in five-straight games (WR Brett Perriman, 5 in 1996; WR Calvin Johnson, 5 in 2012).
  • Logged a career-high 11 catches for 109 yards in Week 10 vs. Miami (11/09).
  • Caught two passes for 41 yards in Week 11 at Arizona (11/16).
  • Recorded four catches for 97 yards in Week 12 at New England (11/23).
  • Caught eight passes for 89 yards in Week 13 vs. Chicago (11/27).
  • Logged four catches for 50 yards in Week 14 vs. Tampa Bay (12/07).
  • Caught seven passes for 38 yards and a touchdown in Week 15 vs. Minnesota (12/14).
  • Recorded five catches for 62 yards in Week 16 at Chicago (12/21).
  • Totaled 45 yards on three receptions in Week 17 at Green Bay (12/28).
  • Caught six passes for 89 yards and a touchdown in the NFC Wild Card game at Dallas (1/4). Stafford and Tate began the team’s scoring when they connected on a 51-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the game. The 51-yard pass play tied for the fourth-longest pass play in Lions postseason history, tying the 51-yard connection between QB Bobby Layne and RB Doak Walker vs. the Los Angeles Rams December 21, 1952.

2013: Led the Seahawks in receiving with career highs in receptions (64) and receiving yards (898) and grabbed five touchdowns en route to the team’s first Super Bowl title in franchise history. Also had his best season as a return man, fielding a career high 51 punts for 585 yards (11.5 avg), as well as three kickoffs for 57 yards (19.0 avg). In three postseason games, proved to be a reliable target for QB Russell Wilson as he caught eight balls for 61 yards.

  • Opened the season with four catches for 51 yards and four punt returns for 48 yards at Carolina (9/8).
  • Had 88 yards on five catches and also rushed twice on a lateral and an end-around for 29 yards vs. Jacksonville (9/22).
  • Set up Seattle’s game-winning drive at Houston (9/29) with a 32-yard punt return from one-yard deep in the end zone. Finished the game with three catches for 17 yards and four punt returns for 60 yards.
  • Scored his first touchdown of the season at Indianapolis (10/6) and finished the game with five catches for 61 yards.
  • At St. Louis (10/28), hauled in five passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns, including a career-long 80-yard touchdown that proved to be the game-winner. His 80-yard touchdown reception was the longest by a Seattle player since Ben Obomanu in 2010.
  • Logged three catches for 29 yards and set a career high with 92 punt return yards on three attempts, including a 71-yard return vs. Tampa Bay (11/3).
  • Totaled 106 receiving yards on six receptions, including a one-handed touchdown pass with :01 remaining in the first half at Atlanta (11/10).
  • At San Francisco (12/8), led team with six catches for 65 yards and had three punt returns, including a 38-yard return to the 49ers 27 that led to a go-ahead Seahawks field goal with 6:20 to play in the game.
  • In Super Bowl XLVIII vs. Denver (2/2/14), finished with three catches for 17 yards and a 20-yard kickoff return following a safety.

2012: Started in all 15 games he played in 2012 after being inactive (knee) during Week 1. Finished the season with 45 receptions for 688 yards and a career high seven touchdowns. Also started both postseason games, recording four catches in the NFC Wild Card at Washington (1/6) and six catches for 103 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown, at Atlanta (1/13) in the Divisional Round.

  • Had two-touchdown performances vs. Green Bay (9/24) and vs. New York Jets (11/11).
  • Totaled five or more receptions in six games, including two seven-catch games at St. Louis (9/30) and at Detroit (10/28).
  • Ended the season with a career high 129 receiving yards in the season finale vs. St. Louis.
  • Had his most productive postseason as a Seahawk, totaling 10 receptions for 138 yards and one touchdown in the team’s two playoff games.
2011: Played in all 15 games (five starts) during his sophomore campaign in Seattle, finishing the year with 35 receptions for 382 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Scored his first career touchdown on an eight-yard catch in the season opener at San Francisco (9/11).
  • Had back-to-back touchdown performances vs. Philadelphia (12/1) and St. Louis (12/12).

2010: As a rookie in 2010, saw action in 11 games and recorded 21 receptions for 227 yards and also returned 16 punts for 202 yards (12.6 avg). Played in both postseason games and started in the NFC Wild Card vs. New Orleans (1/8) when the team opened in a five-receiver set.

  • Played in his first career game at Denver (9/19) and hauled in his first career reception for 52 yards. On his first NFL touch, returned a punt for 63 yards.

Ended his collegiate career for the Fighting Irish ranking third in Notre Dame history with 157 receptions and established the team’s single-season record with 93 receptions during his senior season. Career totals include 37 games (22 starts), 157 receptions, 2,707 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns. Also ranks eighth on the Irish all-time record list with 909 yards on kickoff returns and second with 4,130 all-purpose yards.

  • As a junior, was a consensus All-American First Team selection and was the recipient of the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s premier wide receiver.

Attended Pope John Paul II (Hendersonville, Tenn.) High School where he was a USA Today Second Team All-America selection (defense). Carried the ball 140 times for 1,413 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior, while also tacking on 28 receptions for 510 yards and six receiving touchdowns. Also picked off three passes as a defensive back.

  • Ranked as the No. 11 player on the ESPN 150 list and rated as one of the top 250 players nationally by
  • Also drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 42nd round of the 2007 MLB Draft after being a standout outfielder for the Notre Dame baseball team.
  • Father, Golden Tate, Jr., played wide receiver at Tennessee State and was a fifth-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1984 NFL Draft.

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