Notre Dame alum and Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate arrived in New Jersey Monday to prepare for the Super Bowl to see a huge contingent of media around to talk to him.
"I didn't know what to expect," Tate said Monday. "This is awesome. I'm enjoying it so far. I'm still early in the week. This is all a first for me."
Tate arrived Tuesday at Media Day manned with a go pro on his hat and wearing google glass. He wanted to soak it all in.
"As we get closer to the game, I will start getting nervous--just the thought of we're playing in the Super Bowl," Tate explained. "As a youngster, this is something you dream about. It's kind of like you are in the backyard playing basketball in the championship and taking a last shot. In football--4th down in our own territory in the Super Bowl, throw the ball up in the air to myself and catch the game winning touchdown. It's kind of a dream and I feel very blessed to be going down in history."
Tate led the Seahawks with 64 catches for 898 yards and five touchdowns this season.
He will become a free agent after the season but says he would like to stay with the Seahawks, the only franchise he's ever played for.
Tate says he hasn't thought about his pending free agency, focusing solely on Sunday's game against Denver. Tate added that he can't say enough great things about Seattle and he would "like to stay here, but we'll see. Only time will tell."
He starred at Notre Dame from 2007 to 2009, winning the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top wide receiver during his junior season.
When Charlie Weis was fired, Tate decided to declare for the NFL Draft and left Notre Dame a year early. The Seahawks selected Tate in the 2nd round of the 2010 NFL Draft.