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February 6, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Golden Tate: “You can’t beat this. It’s just special

Here is all that Seattle receiver Golden Tate had to say when he met the media Wednesday following the parade:

(On if he can put into words on what the parade was like…) “It’s tough to put in word for sure. It was very, very special. It doesn’t surprise me though, the fan base we have here is tremendous, and it’s something that the city takes pride in, really the Pacific Northwest with us being really the only team in the Pacific Northwest. I mean I talked to some people who came in from Spokane and different places in Idaho just for the parade, and that’s special in itself. People taking off of work, I mean really the whole city shut down really for this huge celebration, and it’s great to be a part of, and it’s something that I will always value forever and I’ll never forget it. I’ve played on a lot of teams, obviously only one NFL team, but I’ve played on a lot of teams and the support is second to none, I mean you can’t beat this. It’s just special.”

(On was he amazed by the amount of people that showed up in support of the team…) “Yeah, and I mean the intensity stayed up the entire parade. I lost my voice, again. I had a lot of fun with it. I tried to really interact with the fans and continued to show my appreciation because I honestly feel like we would not be Super Bowl Champs without those guys. Especially with them showing up huge at home at CenturyLink. Our confidence is sky high with them on their A game, we feel like we can beat anybody.”

(On him being part of the first draft class with Pete Carroll and John Schneider and what has the team built during their time here and how hard is it going to be to sustain that…) “It’s crazy coming here the same time as Pete. Pete has been saying the same thing from day one, it’s just each year, each day, more guys bought into it until eventually the whole locker room believed in what he was teaching us. We all bought in, we trusted what he was saying and it worked out. We have a bunch of special guys and one thing that Pete always said is that I don’t want to be like every other team, we want to be special, and I think that we built a team that is very, very special, very talented, and I see this team and organization being hard to deal with for a number of years, especially with Coach Pete Carroll leading. From top to bottom the scouting department has a unique way of finding players. A lot of our line up consists of undrafted guys or late rounders’ that can play some ball. So we’re going to continue to find talent to help us, but I really like the direction that we’re heading.”

(On how much does he want to be a part of building this team…) “I would love to be a part of it. I definitely do not want to play against Seattle I’ll tell you that. I don’t want to play against Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor for sure, but we’ll see. Only time will tell, I think I set myself up regardless if it’s here, hopefully it’s here, or elsewhere with the way I play the game so we’ll see. I can’t say enough great things about Seattle; I really enjoy everything, even talking to you knuckleheads every day. I love it so we’ll see.”

(On him saying he’ll take the hometown discount the other day and if he still feels that way…) “To an extent. I still have to take care of myself and my family. I kind of have a number in mind, I haven’t talked to my agent yet I kind of been trying to enjoy the Super Bowl for now, and then take that next step hopefully within the next week or two once things settle down. In my eyes I’d rather stay and play in a great organization, in a great city around great people, around great teammates for a little less than going to a crappy city and win a ball game every now and then and be miserable for six months and have a fan base that doesn’t care about the sport. You have to give a little or take a little. We’ll see how it works out, hopefully it works out. Like I said I think I’ve done everything in my power to earn the respect and the trust of this organization. They know what they’re going to get from me; they know I’m going to work hard. The last two seasons that I’ve started I think I’ve missed a total of one game so I think I’m reliable. I know the system; I know what Coach Carroll wants so we’ll see. Hopefully things work out.”

(On how much has he grown as a player since he’s first got to Seattle…) “You guys have seen it, I’ve grown a lot. I came into this league just an athlete who can make plays, just found a way to make plays. I didn’t do it right, just throw the ball up and I’m going to find a way to make plays. I think mentally I’ve grown. I understand the play book, I understand my role, I understand what Pete Carroll expects of me as a player on and off the field. I don’t think I make those bone head mistakes that I used to make as a youngster, I see myself as a leader. I feel like I have grown into a leader vocally and also I think I lead by example. I love the group that I work, especially my love for Kippy Brown. I can’t say enough, I’m thankful for the last four years; these guys have been very patient with me. I had my speed bumps, I was a second rounder who didn’t come in and produce right away, and it took a while my second year for me to produce, but they stayed with it. Then my third year I found a way to earn a starting position, and since then I’ve just kind of held on to it and I’ve been trying to be productive each year. I just want to be a little bit better every year, and I feel like as long as I’m doing that I’m going to be okay.”

(On what does it mean for him to be the leading receiver on the Super Bowl Championship team…) “That’s special man, and it’s a dream come true. I’ve talked to my agent a few times and he represents guys who have played in the league for 15 years who haven’t even gone to the playoffs. So to be a part of a team like this, to win the NFC West, win the NFC Championship, and win the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history, that’s special in itself. so to be a part of something like that is kind of hard to put in words, but it’s something that I will cherish forever. It doesn’t get any better than that. Things are going right for me in this city, and I feel like we definitely deserve it.”

(On if there is one thing about the Super Bowl that will stick with him…) “The hardest part about the Super Bowl was really the media, not in a bad way, it was just different. You guys know that this league is a very routine oriented league. For the last 20 weeks I’ve known that on Wednesday it’s competition Wednesday, I know that I’m going to be in meetings at 8:45, I know that at 12 o’clock I’m getting lunch and so on. For all of those distractions to happen, like okay we have meetings now, but then here in 15 minutes we have an hour of media, and then the next 15 minutes we’re going to be on a bus on our way to the practice facility to sit in meetings for another two hours. That was kind of the different part of it, but at the end of the day I think Coach Carroll has done a heck of a job at teaching us that from day one that every moment is a championship moment. Nothing is ever too big for us, we struggle to believe that, and once that game kicks off, it’s just another game. There were times that I forgot it was the Super Bowl. At the end of the day it was football, it was what I’ve been doing my whole life, it wasn’t too big and I feel like that’s why we played so well because it was just football. We were just doing our jobs, doing what we’ve been doing, and playing our tails off. We prepared greatly and I know that Coach Carroll and the leaders on this team with Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor and Bobby Wagner and goes on the offensive line, obviously Russell Wilson plays a huge part in it. So it’s great to be on a team like this that has so many characters that lead.”


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