Drafted as a wide receiver, Robert Tate made the switch to defensive back midway through the 1999 season, and became the second player ever in Vikings history to record a pass reception and pass interception in the same season.
Robert left the Minnesota Vikings in 2002, and signed a one-year contract to play cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens, led by Coach Brian Billick for the 2002/2003 season. He spent one year out of professional football in 2003 before joining the Arizona Cardinals.
On February 26, 2004, Tate signed a one-year contract to play for the Cardinals, who were being led by Coach Green again, and went on to play three consecutive seasons as successful cornerback/kick-returner for the Cardinals. He retired from the league in 2007.
Robert now enjoys his life in the media traveling throughout the states as a motivational speaker. You can read the transcript of a recent media interview with Robert here to learn more.
- NFL Career
- Minnesota Vikings (1997-2002)
- Baltimore Ravens (2002-2003)
- Arizona Cardinals (2005-2007)
Warning: Be prepared for all listeners to be ignited by Tate’s fiery passion in his inspirational keynote speeches.
Robert Tate is well versed in delivering powerful words and motivation for setting personal goals and always being willing to do the work to accomplish your dreams, no matter what obstacles may get in the way. Robert empowers youth and adults alike to believe in themselves and to be anything you want to be in life.
Tate is available for public speaking engagements at your high school or college for Commencements and Graduations. He is also available to speak at churches, seminars or any athletic event.
NFL Veteran Robert Tate Reveals How He Made It From Little League to the NFL: Overcoming His Secret Battle With Dyslexia.
Robert understands what a child goes through in their struggles with dyslexia in the classroom and in society as well. Robert struggled throughout all his years in school and he knows first-hand the toll it takes on your mental state of mind. With hard work, extra effort, dedication, support from his mother, Michelle Tate Washington, and the grace of God, Robert Tate was able to overcome his secret battle with dyslexia and desires to help children with dyslexia succeed.
About the Robert Tate Foundation
The Robert Tate Foundation provides group mentoring sessions for youth who are having problems in school or in the community to stay focused and stay in school. All camps, outings and mentoring sessions are free. Group mentoring includes taking youth on outings, providing football/basketball camps, hosting annual Holiday Sports camps gifting sports gear and items designed to help youth achieve, and even taking youth to NFL Games or other healthy athletic events.
In order for youth to be eligible to attend the Holiday Sports Camp and NFL Games, they must have a 3.5 or higher GPA or have a learning disability. By doing this, the corporation rewards and encourages children who are doing exceptionally well in school and it helps improve the self-confidence in the children who are struggling in school with learning disabilities by rewarding and encouraging their efforts as well.
The Robert Tate Foundation is able to support youth with your donations and by raising funds from sponsored charity events. All funds raised or collected help with the costs of the mentoring to our youth.
Visit The Robert Tate Foundation for more information.