The great Tate

Golden Tate is a man of many talents.

The Seahawks’ second-round selection in last week’s NFL Draft, Tate not only blossomed into a standout wideout at Notre Dame, but also a stellar all-around player on offense and special teams. Besides receiver, Tate also played tailback, wildcat and returner during his three seasons with the Irish, racking up 180 total points and 111.6 all-purpose yards per game. Over his career, he averaged a stunning 16 yards every time he touched the ball.

“Obviously he can do a lot with the ball in his hands,” receivers coach Kippy Brown said. “We just have to get to know Golden like they did at Notre Dame, where they used him in a lot of different ways. He’s a guy you want to figure out how to get the ball in his hands.”

Tate’s multifaceted prowess extends beyond the football field, too. After being drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2007 Major League Baseball draft, the lefty played outfield for two seasons for the Notre Dame baseball team. In 2009, he batted .329 and scored 45 runs in 55 games, in addition to stealing 13 bases in 14 attempts.

“It doesn’t change how he plays football but it shows he’s a good enough athlete to do many things,” Brown said of Tate. “Usually those two-sport guys are very flexible on the football field.”

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