Former NFL winger Golden Tate has yet to officially retire from football, but is now trying his hand at a different sport. After almost a full year without signing up with the NFL team (he had a month’s stay with the Titans, but didn’t see the pitch), Tate signed a left-wing contract with the Port Angeles West Coast League.
“I am immensely grateful to the Port Angeles West Coast and Left League for allowing me to join their league,” Tate said in an official statement. “As some may know, I’ve been called up to baseball twice. As a child, my first love was baseball, so I’m excited to be able to compete with the league’s best young players. I can’t wait to have fun and explore baseball further. ”
Indeed, Tate has been called to Major League Baseball twice, the first time in an amateur draft in 2007 by the Arizona Diamondbacks in Round 42. Tate did not sign with the team and instead chose to play baseball and soccer for Notre Dame Irish. Three years later, he was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 50th round. He again chose not to sign as he was just picked by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round.
Of course, Lions fans will remember Tate from his four-and-a-half-year appearances at the Detroit Lions. During this era, Tate caught 90 passes in four consecutive seasons, including 2014 where he beat a career record 1,331 yards on his way to his one and only Pro Bowl.
After Lions sold Tate on the 2018 deal deadline, he has never had such a success with Eagles or Giants.
Tate is expected to start the Lefties game on Tuesday night. We just wish him good luck in his other professional sport!