In a fascinating essay, the wide receiver does as much for setting the record straight as he does for peeking behind the curtain of the athlete/celebrity lives that these sports stars lead.
By Stephen Roden Jr – @SRhodenJr
The essay published on Medium sees Tate tackle a number of rumours which have circulated over the course of the season, one of a physical altercation with Percy Harvin in the week of the Super Bowl last year and the even more harmful whispers that he had an affair with the wife of his quarterback and friend Russell Wilson.
Whilst taking the time in his essay to strenuously deny the aforementioned rumours, Tate uses the essay to tell us his story. He highlights what little we as fans know about him with his opening sentence: “You don’t know me.”
From this point on Tate pulls back the curtain to reveal the man behind the plays he has been making in his breakout season in the NFL.
He talks about the decision he faced having to choose between his heart, staying on in Seattle where he won a Super Bowl, and his head, following the money that a once-in-a-career shot at free agency can create.
Tate chose the latter and made the switch to Detroit. But he explains that this decision is about more than money. He talks about the security he must afford his family and the chance to play with a great player such as Calvin Johnson.
He also goes on to discuss the impact that social media and 24/7 sports news can have. And how ultimately it can lead to lies such as “the affair” and physical fights with teammates becoming more fact than fiction.
This truly serves as a fantastic piece of writing that I would encourage any fan to read. As I said, it’s a chance to look behind the curtain.
You can read Tate’s take on his past year in the NFL here.