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Tate wants to be like ND legend Ismail

Updated: October 1, 2009, 1:12 AM ET
By Eric Hansen

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- He met Rocket Ismail at a pep rally two years ago, introducing himself to the Notre Dame football legend and expecting no more than a handshake.

Instead, Irish wide receiver Golden Tate received a pep talk that buoyed him through a frustrating freshman season and endures with him today.

"That's who I want to be like at the end of the day," said Tate, now a 5-foot-11, 195-pound junior. "My freshman year, I watched tapes of him before games. Just speaking ...

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