Golden Tate is a star wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, but when it comes to college football, his heart still lies with his alma mater Notre Dame.
Ahead of the Fighting Irish match-up with Michigan State this weekend, Chris Lemieux of SB Nation Lions blog Pride of Detroit interviewed Tate, and asked him about the renewal of the rivalry on Saturday. Tate said he likes the Spartans, but in the most backhanded fashion possible.
Chris: This weekend is Notre Dame and Michigan State, and I always remember one of the biggest things from you at Notre Dame, one of my enduring memories there was you catching that Jimmy Clausen touchdown and jumping into the Michigan State band, do you still have memories of that and how are you feeling about this weekend?
GT: I think it’s a great matchup. I think it’s going to be a great game for us. It’s kind of fun playing in Michigan and also having all of the Wolverine fans and the Sparty fans but you know this Domer right here is going to stand high and proud. I’m excited for the game. I can’t wait to watch it. There’s going to be a lot of smack talk between folks in Michigan and myself, but we’ll see.
I have some pretty good memories of playing Michigan State. I thought that I always played a pretty solid game against them. I always scored a bunch of touchdowns over my career against Michigan State. So I like Michigan State, they helped me get drafted.
That’s some pretty good rivalry trolling, though Michigan State fans might argue that it is a bit of revisionist history.
In three seasons at Notre Dame, Golden Tate’s teams went 1-2 against the Spartans, losing his freshman and sophomore match-ups and winning as a junior in 2009.
As a freshman, Tate did not have a touch on offense, but he did return three kickoffs for 62 yards. Tate had pretty nice games the following two seasons, however. He had 107 total yards from scrimmage in 2008, and he caught seven passes for 127 yards and a touchdown in the 33-30 win in 2009.