Giants receiver Golden Tate saw an opportunity to fulfill every young football player's dream and he seized it.
Tate, who grew up as a Giants fan, will now get to play for the team he watched on a regular basis on Sundays, and that has him excited.
"I remember just always seeing the Giants on TV growing up and always kind of picturing myself maybe playing there one of these days, and it's kind of truly awesome that that time has come and I'm excited about the opportunity to play for this team,” he said during a conference call with the team’s beat reporters.
Tate, who will enter his 10th season in 2019, comes into a situation where many Giants fans, still upset over the team’s decision to trade away Odell Beckham Jr. earlier this week.
If Tate feels any added pressure to replicate what Beckham did for the Giants during his five seasons with the team, he’s not letting on.
"Odell is a tremendous talent. He's a buddy of mine. I enjoy watching him. I love his game. He's just a complete receiver. He can run, he can run routes, he can catch, great personality, very likable guy,” Tate said
“As far as me, I'm just coming in and doing my job. I'm just coming in and putting my head down and working and do the best I can. That's one thing that I try not to do is compare myself to really anyone. I'm kind of my own player, my own unique player. I'm just going to do my job and not put too much pressure on anyone around me, or myself.”
Tate’s decision to come to the Giants is an interesting one if only because earlier this year when the now former Eagle was cleaning out his locker on Exit Day, Tate told the Eagles beat writers that he wasn’t interested in playing for a team that was rebuilding.
"My time is limited. I want to go to a team that has a chance," Tate said at the time.
"My years are limited. I don't have time to go somewhere that wants to rebuild. I need to go somewhere where they believe they can win now. That's what I want to do, but who knows? Something I have to think about."
When considering the Giants, Tate concluded that the team isn’t ina rebuild mode despite its continued overhaul of the roster and its continued commitment to 38-year-old Eli Manning.
“After speaking with (Pat) Coach Shurmur and my position coach (Tyke Tolbert), I'm really excited where we're headed. I really believe that you can win games while you build,” Tate said, echoing a sentiment general manager Dave Gettleman made in a team issued release announcing the Beckham trade.
“We have a great division that's set up for us to do some great things in. Just really kind of excited to play. I see we have some very important, key, good pieces in this locker room that I'm anxious to learn more about. We have a really good quarterback I believe. We have a really good running back. We have a handful of really, really good players. I think the thing is we just need to build that comradery and play as a team day in and day out, week in and week out, play by play.
“I just believe that if we can get this team to just be on the same page all the times, that we're going to win games, and we're going to build as we go.”
Tate, who plans to do what’s asked of him, also hopes to establish himself as a leader among a young receiving corps that currently includes Sterling Shepard and Corey Coleman.
“I think we have a solid foundation, and we're going to keep adding those pieces, and we're going to work,” he said. “I think that's what it's going to come down to -- a bunch of selfless guys that want to work and find a way to win. It's not going to be easy always, but I do believe, from the little that I know, that we can win.
“We're not starting from square one. We have some good players, and I'm just going to use my ability, my personality, my work ethic, to hopefully lead these guys and find a way to win games.”