Of the players on the Seattle roster who will become free agents after the season, among the most intriguing is receiver Golden Tate, who has been with the Seahawks for the entire Pete Carroll era.
Tate has had a solid year for the Seahawks with a team-high 64 catches for 898 yards, numbers that could also make him attractive to other teams.
Tate, though, said during Tuesday’s Super Bowl Media Day that his preference is to remain with the Seahawks.
“I would really like to stay,” he said. “It’s a great city, a great group of guys. From top to bottom, I can’t say enough great things about Seattle. The coaching staff is one of a kind. The nutritionist, the trainers, the city, the food, the stadium, everything is just great. I really would like to stay here, but we’ll see. Only time will tell.”
Tate also, though, said it’s not something on which he is really dwelling right now with his first Super Bowl appearance now just five days away.
“I’m trusting in God and just taking it day by day,” he said. “Right now really my future doesn’t matter. Winning a Super Bowl is the only thing that matters to me because this is a once in a lifetime kind of deal. Obviously I plan to come back, but not very often, I mean there’s been guys that played 20 years that haven’t even gone to the playoffs. I feel like it would be selfish for me to be thinking about my future and that would be taking away from this team.”
Here’s a bit more of what Tate had to say today:
(on walking out to media day) “It’s great, I’m just trying to take it all in. This is a special week. We’re going to go down in history; this is really the biggest event in America sports-wise so it’s an honor to be a part of something like this. I’m looking forward to Sunday.”
(on practicing in the cold weather) “It’s cold in Seattle. Not this cold, but we’ve played here before and it was cold and we had snow. We’re definitely comfortable with it. I don’t think it’s going to affect how we play as much.”
(on if cold weather gives an advantage to the defense) “Not so much cold weather, but bad weather. What I mean by bad weather would be for a receiver, rain, because you have to change your gloves and it’s tougher to catch in the rain. You have to really focus and also the wind. When you throw a deep ball, the ball moves and sometimes the wind pushes it down or pushes it forward so you really have to focus on and really have a good touch.”
(on why he’s wearing Google Glass and a GoPro camera) “Really I thought it would be a great idea to try to film my experience through my eyes, literally through my eyes, for the 12’s. They’ve supported us all year and we appreciate it so much. I figured this would be a small way for me to give back and for the people that aren’t able to make it out, they can see this. I’m looking forward to editing it out and moving forward with it.”
(on if their offense feels disrespected with all the talk about the Seattle defense and the Denver offense) “It’s no secret; it’s the number one offense against the number one defense. That’s going to draw attention naturally. At the end of the day, in order to win a game of this magnitude you’re going to need offense, defense and special teams. So we know as receivers and Seattle’s offense, we’re going to have to step up big. Not only in the passing game, but we’re going to have to make some key blocks. The unique thing about our receiver group is we can play special teams; we can go out there and be very effective on special teams. We can go in there and stick our nose in there and block a linebacker or an end or whatever they ask us to do. I think we can do a lot of things that a lot of groups aren’t as reliable as we are.”
(on what kind of weather he wants) “It doesn’t matter to me. I would prefer not to have snow and wind, but if it happens we’ll find a way. That’s football for you. You never know what you’re going to get. Fortunately I was able to play three years in the cold and in the snow. I understand how that works and hopefully if guys have questions I can share what helped me in the cold as far as staying warm and staying loose and different ways to help you catch the ball and what not.”
(on playing against a fellow former Notre Dame player in Broncos safety David Bruton) “It’s going to be good; it’s going to be fun. David Bruton is a heck of a player, he’s fast, and he’s definitely a leader on their special teams group. It should be good to see him again, but we competed all the time at Notre Dame. He was on defense so I went against him everyday. I’m excited.”
(on if he’s gotten a chance to talk to Bruton yet this week) “I haven’t had a chance to talk to him because everything has been so chaotic this week. I’ve been having to worry about what’s going on in this locker room.”
(on if it’s overrated that some of their players have been to a Super Bowl before) “I think Pete (Carroll) has done a great job all year of preparing us. It doesn’t matter if we’re going against a 0-15 team or an undefeated team on Monday Night Football. He’s prepared us to play championship football week in and week out. As far as being a disadvantage or advantage, I don’t think that’s going to happen. We’re ready, our preparation has been great. We have our offense in for the most part; we got that in last week. We knew a lot of things would be happening this week and it would be hectic, so we’re excited. We’re looking forward to Sunday.”
(on what he sees on film of the Broncos defense that concerns him) “I wouldn’t say anything concerns me. I honestly feel like we’re going against the best defense on a daily basis in practice. It doesn’t get any better than going against an All-Pro, the best cornerback in the league every day, so I wouldn’t say concerned. This week we’ve done a really good job of paying attention to detail. Zoning in on what we need to do and at the end of the day once that ball is kicked off it’s just another game. I think the media puts it on a stage and it is a big stage, but at the end of the day it’s still 100 yards and it’s still 11 on 11 football.”
(on if it’s fun trying to work towards winning the Super Bowl) “Yeah, as a competitor in this league, the goal is always to play in the Super Bowl. Now our motto around here is a little different, our motto is own the NFC West. If you own the NFC West you get home games and we’re very confident at home. We think us being at home was a huge advantage for us throughout the postseason to get us here.”(on having his own Super Bowl card) “It’s a dream come true. This is something, like I said, I’ve dreamed of since I was a young boy. I remember being in the backyard playing with my older friends and my brother and my dad kicking punts. I would always put myself in the scenario of Super Bowl whatever number it was, fourth down on the 20-yard line with three seconds left. My dad throwing me a pass in the end zone to win the Super Bowl, that’s a dream that’s always been of mine. Now it could happen, it’s actually a reality.”
(on how different it is from his dreams) “It’s different. The game is still the same, but there’s some perks to being an NFL player and I definitely enjoy it.”
(on if having Google Glass and a GoPro camera are some of the perks of being an NFL player) “Yeah, huge shout-out to Google Glass for hooking me up with these and my agency taking care of me and reaching out to those guys. They gave me these Google Glass and I thought it would be a good idea to share my experience, which is very rare for an athlete, of being in the Super Bowl. The whole week, the media, everything, even the pictures and the hotel. I think it’s a great reward to give back to the 12’s that support us all year. This is just a small way of saying thank you and giving them what I see.”
(on if he’s a gadget guy) “You know what? I’m not, but am becoming more because of this week. I have a GoPro up here, I have Google Glass, I have a camera right here, and so I’m becoming more.”
(on if they see a big opportunity given the injuries in Denver’s secondary) “Yeah, we definitely know that they’re a little banged up. Champ (Bailey) is coming back. Heck of a player, I have a ton of respect for him and can’t wait to shake his hand out there and tell him I’m a fan after the game. At the end of the day I feel like we’re going against the best DB’s every single day, so on Sundays I feel like we always have an advantage because we’re going against the best on a regular basis. At the end of the day, once that ball is kicked off it’s just another game for us and that’s how we’re going to treat it.”
(on what the experience has been like at Media Day) “I keep saying it’s a dream come true. Sometimes I catch myself thinking, pinching myself, am I really at the Super Bowl? Am I really participating at the Super Bowl? Am I really a starting receiver for a Super Bowl team? That’s crazy to think because that’s something I’ve dreamed about my entire life. That’s special, I’m trying to savor every single moment by having my GoPro’s and my Google Glass and my camera is right here. It’s a blessing; it’s a blessing first and foremost.”
(on how important it is for him to have a big game) “It’s not huge for my future, that’s not the way I think. It’s huge because I want to help give this team the best chance I possibly can of winning. I feel like I can do that, I feel like I can make a big play whether it be on special teams or even a crucial third down that we turn in to a first down. With me you never know, I can cross the field, I can find a way to shake some tackles. I’m just excited. I’m going to bring a lot of energy to this offense and to special teams and give them my best and leave it all on the field.”