Golden Tate didn’t exactly have the smoothest of stints with the Philadelphia Eagles, but he’ll be hoping for a more successful run in his latest venture. The former Giants wideout is signing with the Port Angeles Lefties of the West Coast baseball league, according to Pro Football Talk.
He’s not the only former Eagle to have tried his hand in the West Coast League. Jordan Poyer once played there, but that was before he was drafted by Philadelphia. Tate becomes the first former NFL athlete to join the league and started at CF on Tuesday.
Golden Tate starts his baseball career in style
So far, so good. Tate went 2-for-4 scoring recording a double and an RBI. Batting .500 isn’t exactly the worst way to start your career.
His prowess at the plate shouldn’t come as a surprise. He played baseball for Notre Dame during his time there and was actually drafted by an MLB team on two occasions.
It’s nice to see a former NFL athlete making a success of himself after his career has come to an end. We here way too many stories about the inverse, and it’s clear that Tate still wants to compete.
Looking back on his time with the Eagles
His time with Philadelphia was weird to say the least. The Eagles gave up a third-round pick for the services of Golden Tate, which felt weird given that the Eagles already had two slot receivers on the roster. Predictably, it took a few weeks for Tate to ‘slot’ in, which when highlighted by Mike Groh, was met with real disappointment by fans and media alike.
Golden Tate posted 278 receiving yards during eight games with the Eagles and a single touchdown, before taking his talent up the I-95 to the New York Giants during the following offseason. He was most recently released from the Titans after spending months on their practice squad.
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