Worth his wait in gold

CEO Tod Leiweke celebrates the selection of Golden Tate. [Photo by Rod Mar, Seahawks.com]

At first, there was a scare.

When the Texans selected running back Ben Tate with the 58th overall pick — two slots before the Seahawks — the draft room went into a sudden shock, as executives thought Houston had chosen Golden Tate, the Notre Dame wideout they had in their crosshairs.

Once the word was set straight, the Seattle staffers smiled and exhaled in unison. The pick they wanted would be theirs after a few more anxious moments.

And with two minutes left on their clock, general manager John Schneider ordered a phone call into Tate. The Seahawks officially had their man.

“We’re going to turn our card in,” a grinning Schneider said to Tate during a phone call from the draft room. “Congrats, man.”

The Seahawks draft room proceeded to erupt into hearty applause and hollers — Golden Tate is the newest Seahawk.

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