Golden Tate said his mouth dropped when he heard he was traded Tuesday from the Detroit Lions to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Within moments, the veteran wide receiver was on a plane from Detroit to his new home and sitting with Eagles fans on layover coming back from London. He was so excited he sat in the wrong seat initially. But Tuesday, he arrived at the NovaCare Complex safely and spoke to the media about his new team.
"I'm extremely excited to be a Philadelphia Eagle," Tate said. "I've followed this organization for years now. I saw this organization win a Super Bowl where I was rooting for you all there. It's an extreme blessing and a dream come true to be a part of such an amazing organization."
In his ninth season, Tate has 581 receptions for 6,936 yards and 37 touchdowns in 129 career regular-season games. He has also added 28 catches for 318 yards and two touchdowns in nine postseason games.
Tate won Super Bowl XLVIII with the Seattle Seahawks. He knows what it takes to win and wants to do just that with the defending Super Bowl Champions.
"I'm excited for at least these next eight games to show who I am as a person, as a player, and most importantly just help this organization win," Tate said. "I also want to thank Howie (Roseman) and Jeffrey (Lurie) and Coach (Doug) Pederson for giving me this opportunity to be here.
"My goal is to help us win every single game and my job is to come in here and work hard, be accountable, help the people around me become better people, better players, and just win a bunch of ball games," he added. "I love the schedule that we have coming up. I think there's an incredible opportunity to do some special things."
Tate said the trade came at the perfect time as he can use the bye week to settle in and get his family settled into their new home as well. He also will have extra time to get started on learning the Eagles' offense before his first game against the Dallas Cowboys on November 11. When he faced the Cowboys on September 30 this year with the Lions, Tate had eight receptions for 132 yards and two touchdowns.
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While Tate did not know a lot about the City of Philadelphia, he said the passion of the Eagles fans is evident and it suits him perfectly.
"I always knew that Philadelphia the city is just really passionate about everything they do, especially their sports teams," Tate said. "I'm an emotional player, a very passionate player, and to be a part of a fan base that supports all its sports, that's a good feeling."
Tate spent Wednesday meeting with different coaches and getting an early sense of what his role in the offense will be. His next goal is to get to know his new teammates as soon as possible since he doesn't have the normal offseason to do so.
Tate is already very impressed by how well quarterback Carson Wentz plays at a young age and he has also already been in contact with tight end Zach Ertz.
"I want to do whatever's going to help this team win," Tate said. "When the ball's in my hand, I want to be able to make a play. And if I can help our young guys, like Nelly (Nelson Agholor) and Alshon (Jeffery), and the other guys we have, and anything with technique or knowledge, I'm going to do that. I just want to win."
The goal for Tate from now until his Eagles debut in front of a rocking Lincoln Financial Field crowd under the lights in prime time is to learn the offense and prepare to contribute. Tate knows the opportunity he has on such a talented roster and that he is "absolutely" certain that the Eagles can match up with any team in the league.
"I think the sky is the limit for this organization," Tate said. "We just won a Super Bowl not even a year ago. We definitely have the pieces and now is the time to get hot going into November with five more division games. We just need to stay on track.
"What I meant by at least eight games, I plan on going to the playoffs and playing a few more," Tate added. "I want to be here and just know from day one, I'm all in."