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Bend Elks / West Coast League

IT'S NOT OFTEN A SUPER BOWL CHAMPION NFL STAR FINDS HIMSELF PLAYING IN A SUMMER COLLEGIATE AMATEUR BASEBALL LEAGUE, BUT THAT'S JUST WHAT HAS TRANSPIRED FOR GOLDEN TATE.

TATE, A 10-YEAR VETERAN WIDE RECEIVER WHO WON AN NFL TITLE WITH THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS IN 2013 SIGNED A DEAL TO PLAY IN THE WESTCOAST LEAGUE FOR THE PORT ANGELES LEFTIES.

THE 33-YEAR OLD FORMER NOTRE DAME BASEBALL AND FOOTBALL STAR WASTED NOT TIME FINDING SUCCESS ON THE DIAMOND AS IN HIS DEBUT LAST NIGHT FACING THE BEND ELKS, TATE WENT 2-FOR-4 INCLUDING AN RBI DOUBLE LEADING THE LEFTIES TO A 5-2 WIN OVER BEND.

TATE STARTED IN CENTERFIELD AND WAS SLOTTED TO BAT SECOND IN THE PORT ANGELES LINEUP.

THE ELKS CONTINUE THE SERIES IN PORT ANGELES TONIGHT AT 635, AND FINISH THE 3-GAME SET TOMORROW NIGHT BEFORE RETURNING HOME FRIDAY TO HOST THE SPRINGFIELD DRIFTERS.

TATE WAS DRAFTED TWICE BY MAJOR LEAGUE TEAMS, FIRST IN HIGH SCHOOL IN THE 42ND-ROUND BY THE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS, THEN AGAIN IN THE 50TH-ROUND 2010 BY THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS.

TATE, WHO IS ORIGINALLY FROM TENNESSE, PLAYED FOR THE SEAHAWKS, LIONS, EAGLES, GIANTS, AND TITANS.

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