New York Giants wideout Golden Tate knows what it takes to win. Specifically, he know the kind of quarterback play it takes to deliver victories at the highest level. A Super Bowl XLVIII champ with the Seattle Seahawks, he had the pleasure of catching balls from Russell Wilson, a superstar who's putting together what may one day be a Hall of Fame resume.
But to hear Tate tell it, the greatest quarterback he's ever played with in the NFL isn't Mr. DangeRuss. No, it's... Matthew Stafford.
Golden Tate says Matthew Stafford, not Russell Wilson, is "The best quarterback I've played with" https://t.co/9uafJ6hF68— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) July 15, 2019
"The guy can flat-out play. He’s tough, his attitude is amazing and he just wants to play ball. For me, I have nothing but praises for him," Tate told Detroit's WDIV-TV. "It’s almost unfair that he’s such a good player and doesn’t have playoffs or a ring to show for it. That kind of hurts my heart that I wasn’t able to help change that.”
Really? Okay, buddy.
This is a bizarre remark when judged purely on the merits. Sure, Tate did spend five full seasons plus part of another with Stafford and the Detroit Lions, and recorded the only three 1,000-yards seasons of his career there, as well as his only Pro Bowl nod. But if you were to ask for a show of hands to determine whether Random NFL Fan X would pick Stafford over Wilson to lead their team, you'd surely see overwhelming support for the latter.
Madden 20 QB ratings:— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) July 15, 2019
Big Ben: 85
Jimmy G: 78
Hey, fly your flag, Mr. Tate.
And enjoy playing with Eli Manning and/or Daniel Jones this season. Yeah, good luck with that.