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Irish Insights


Tate and the NFL

Quarterback Jimmy Clausen isn't the only Notre Dame junior with NFL questions swirling around him.

Receiver Golden Tate is also hearing the same questions on his decision about leaving early.

Tate has put up big numbers this season, leading the team with 65 catches for 1,059 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has also run for 157 yards and two touchdowns.

But just like Clausen, Tate said he is not thinking about the NFL right now.

"Right now, I try to think about the team and this season," Tate said. "I'm sure (Irish coach Charlie Weis) and I and my family will address this when the time is appropriate. Right now, I'm playing for Notre Dame."

Just because Tate is trying not to think about making the decision to leave early for the NFL doesn't mean others aren't thinking about it.

Tate said his mother will e-mail him information about what is being said about him and the NFL.

"I try to tell her, 'I don't want to get those e-mails,'" Tate said. "I want to stay focused on playing ball while I'm here.

"A lot of people ask me, 'Are you really gone after this year? You should leave. You shouldn't leave.' It just goes in one ear and out the other. I really don't care what they say."

Tate's decision could also be influenced by baseball. He is an outfielder for Notre Dame, and hit .329 with 21 RBI in 55 games last season.

But when asked how heavily baseball could factor into his decision, Tate again said he was only focusing on the football season right now.

"I'm a full-time Notre Dame football player and student. That's all I'm really focusing on," Tate said.