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Morning Roar: Tate takes ALS challenge

8/13/2014

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The latest practice of the Detroit Lions' season had just ended and underneath the lights, with a camera filming, Golden Tate was one of the last players to linger on the field.

He stood there waiting, knowing what was coming. The splash over his head and on his back, ice water dumped all on him to help promote awareness for ALS. This started because he was one of the latest celebrities nominated to take the challenge by his college roommate, former Notre Dame golfer Dustin Zhang.

Tate, who was involved with charity work during his time in Seattle, obviously accepted, leading to his dousing and then posted it to his Instagram account.

"It's a great way to raise awareness," Tate said. "It's something that gets everyone interacting into it. If you choose not to accept for whatever reason, we expect you to donate some money for research.

"It's a way for the world to get involved and I think it's kind of cool. Something different."

Tate said the freezing water was initially shocking, but then refreshing after practice. And Tate is not the first Lions player to do this as Kevin Ogletree and Reggie Bush took a variation of the challenge by leaping into the team's cold tub earlier in the day.

As is the pass-it-on tradition of this challenge, Tate dropped the challenge to some new people: Lions coach Jim Caldwell, Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, Seattle wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and Elise Pollard. As the challenge goes, they have 24 hours to complete the task or donate money.

And Tate is hoping Caldwell takes the challenge and then nominates general manager Martin Mayhew, team president Tom Lewand and even members of the Lions press corps.

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