Lions' Tate: 'My ADD' led me to dance with cheerleaders
Allen Park — How did Golden Tate end up smack dab in the middle of the Lions' cheerleaders Sunday, performing his own unique — if out of sync — dance routine?
"My ADD (attention deficit disorder) kicked in," he said Monday, with a smile, "and I went to party with the cheerleaders."
Tate has had a rough start to the season, but broke out in a big way in Sunday's 31-28 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.
He led the Lions with 165 receiving yards, and scored his first touchdown of the season, on a 23-yard pass from Matthew Stafford with about six minutes remaining to tie the score at 28.
After blowing a kiss to the cameras in the end zone, he started heading toward his sideline — when he got distracted.
The clip, with Tate grabbing a cheerleader's pom-poms, blew up on social media.
"Yeah," he said, "I got tagged in (the video) by a few thousand people, so that was fun."
His friends also noticed.
"Yeah, he said, "I think right after the game, I had 153 texts. That's more than I've had the entire season after games."
Coach Jim Caldwell hasn't brought up the dance to Tate — "Maybe he will on Wednesday" — nor does Tate expect to get fined by the NFL for excessive celebration.
He said he shouldn't be fined because the celebration didn't occur in the end zone.
Now, the bigger question: After watching film, how would he judge his routine?
"Uhhh, your boy's got some rhythm," he said with a grin. "Don't sleep on my rhythm. They (the cheerleaders) kind of synched in with me, I didn't sync in with them. They must have been prepared for it."
This is the first year since 1972 that the Lions have employed cheerleaders.