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Irish in the Pros: Golden Tate and Who Made NFL Rosters

Photo courtesy of the New York Giants
Photo courtesy of the New York Giants (Photo courtesy New York Giants)

Golden Tate is the lone Notre Dame player ever to win the Biletnikoff Award (2009), and since then he has sustained a successful NFL career.

Highlighted by winning the Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks and making the Pro Bowl in 2014, Tate has racked up career totals of 611 receptions for 7,214 yards and 38 touchdowns with four different franchises.

From 2013-17, Tate led the league in yards after the catch and caused the most missed tackles in the NFL with 116, per Pro Football Focus.

This past offseason, Tate signed a four-year, $37.5 million contract with the New York Giants, with $22.95 million guaranteed.

Now 31 years old, he is entering the twilight of his career and dealing with accusations he never thought he would encounter: the use of performance-enhancing drugs. He has been suspended for the first four games of the 2019 campaign, ending his streak of playing at least 15 games a season.

“I have no problem with accepting the punishment,” Tate stated publicly after he learned of the NFL’s decision to suspend him. “I’m responsible for what’s put into my body, ultimately. The tough thing I am dealing with is I’m letting down a lot of people.

“My family, the guys in the locker room, the people in the organization that brought me here.”

Tate said the only reason he tested positive for clomiphene, a substance deemed illegal by the NFL, is because it’s contained in a fertility drug he took to help his wife become pregnant.

“Initially, the doctor said it was not a banned substance,” he noted. “In fact, he had given it to other NFL players, which is why I trusted it and kept living my life. I was out to dinner one night with a guy who worked for me and he started talking about another player who was getting suspended for something completely different.

“A light went off in my head and I said, ‘Let me call the doctor to make sure, to make myself feel better.’ I asked him what the active ingredient was and he looked it up right then and there and sure enough, it was a banned substance.”

Tate actually reported himself to the NFL and later appealed the suspension, which was denied. He will serve his time before rejoining his teammates in week five at home versus the Minnesota Vikings.

However, per CBS Sports, Tate did indicate he is exploring taking legal action against his doctor for giving him misleading information.

Irish Players On NFL Rosters — As of Sept. 3

Name (Years At Notre Dame) NFL Season Pos. Current Team

Miles Boykin (2015-18) 1st WR Baltimore Ravens

Sheldon Day (2012-15) 4th DL San Francisco 49ers

Tyler Eifert (2009-12) 7th TE Cincinnati Bengals

Matthias Farley (2011‑15) 4th DB New York Jets

Will Fuller (2013-15) 4th WR Houston Texans

Bennett Jackson (2010-13) 1st CB New York Jets

J.J. Jansen (2004-07) 12th LS Carolina Panthers

DeShone Kizer (2014-16) 3rd QB Oakland Raiders

Julian Love (2015-18) 1st CB New York Giants

Nick Martin (2011-15) 4th OL Houston Texans

Zack Martin (2009-13) 6th OL Dallas Cowboys

Mike McGlinchey (2013-17) 2nd OL San Francisco 49ers

Quenton Nelson (2014-17) 2nd OL Indianapolis Colts

Romeo Okwara (2012-15) 4th DE Detroit Lions

C.J. Prosise (2012-15) 4th RB Seattle Seahawks

Isaac Rochell (2013-16) 3rd DT Los Angeles Chargers

Kyle Rudolph (2008-10) 9th TE Minnesota Vikings

Harrison Smith (2007-11) 8th S Minnesota Vikings

Jaylon Smith (2013-15) 4th LB Dallas Cowboys

Durham Smythe (2013-17) 2nd TE Miami Dolphins

Ronnie Stanley (2012-15) 4th OT Baltimore Ravens

Golden Tate* (2007-09) 10th WR New York Giants

Jerry Tillery (2015-18) 1st DT Los Angeles Chargers

Drue Tranquill (2014-18) 1st LB Los Angeles Chargers

Stephon Tuitt (2011-13) 6th DE Pittsburgh Steelers

Dexter Williams (2015-18) 1st RB Green Bay Packers

* Suspended for first four games

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Injured Reserve:

James Onwualu (2013-16), LB Jacksonville

Theo Riddick (2009-12), RB Denver

Equanimeous St. Brown (2015-17), WR Green Bay

Practice Squad:

Josh Adams (2015-17), RB New York Jets

Alex Bars (2014‑18), OL Chicago Bears

Cole Luke (2013‑16), CB Carolina Panthers

Alizé Mack (2015-18), TE New Orleans Saints

Sam Mustipher (2014-18), OL Chicago Bears

Free Agents:

Jonathan Bonner (2014-18), DL

Te’von Coney (2015-18), LB

Michael Floyd (2008-11), WR

Jaron Jones (2012-16), OL

TJ Jones (2010‑13), WR

Ben Koyack (2011-14), TE

Kapron Lewis-Moore (2008-12), DE

Greer Martini (2014-17), LB

Tyler Newsome (2014‑18), P

KeiVarae Russell (2012-15), CB

John Sullivan (2003-07), C

Manti Te’o (2009-12), LB

Andrew Trumbetti (2014-17), DL

Sam Young (2006-09), OT


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