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RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate knows he'll be public enemy No. 1 Friday night at Green Bay.
Packers fans haven't forgotten the most infamous play of the 2012 season, the Hail Mary pass (which some have called the Fail Mary pass) on a Monday night at Seattle that was ruled a catch by Tate and gave the Seahawks a shocking 14-12 victory on the final play.
Tate said Green Bay fans already have started tweeting him this week with their continuing anger over the controversial play last September. Tate knows the boos are coming in Friday's preseason game at Lambeau Field.
"Sometimes I can tune it out," Tate said Tuesday. "But I think being booed is a sign of respect. If they are going to waste energy on booing you, obviously they know about you."
Tate has laughed off the onslaught from Twitter haters the past few days.
"Yeah, it's been pretty entertaining to read," he said. "I'm not letting it bother me any. What they say on Twitter back in Wisconsin doesn't affect me any."
Tate sent out this tweet Monday:
I can see now that this week my twitter is gonna be harassed all week. #cantwait #weeklyentertainment #youSTILLmadbro— Golden Tate (@ShowtimeTate) August 19, 2013
"I'm just having a little fun with it and trying to lighten up the mood," Tate said. "It's my personality. I'm not going to take it too seriously. I think it's funny almost a year later people are still talking about it."
The 24-yard pass from Russell Wilson was ruled a touchdown at the back of the end zone when Tate and Green Bay defensive back M.D. Jennings both had their hands on the ball as they fell to the ground. Tate may or may not have had possession. Green Bay fans are certain Jennings had the interception.
I heard about that catch all offseason. That was a game-winning touchdown. I don't care what you think, if it was a catch or no catch. It is what it is. The referee called a touchdown. I did my job, point blank, end of story. It was a big play at a critical moment.” -- Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate
"I heard about that catch all offseason," Tate said. "That was a game-winning touchdown. I don't care what you think, if it was a catch or no catch. It is what it is. The referee called a touchdown. I did my job, point blank, end of story. It was a big play at a critical moment."
Seattle coach Pete Carroll takes a little more diplomatic approach to the unusual play.
"Over years and years, stuff happens," Carroll said. "It was unfortunate for [Green Bay] that they came out on the short end of it, but it showed the human aspect of the game. The ref saw both guys on the ground with the ball, so he gave [Tate] the touchdown. I don't know what another official would have said."
Jennings knows the play has defined his career.
"It's something that's stuck with me, unfortunately," Jennings said Tuesday. "But it's something I'm trying to get over. I don't want to be remembered by that play."
The play has become almost legendary now in Seattle and Green Bay. Jennings later let Tate know how he felt about it.
"I have a photo at home of the end of the play that's signed by [Jennings]," Tate said. "It says, 'Robbed.'"
Tate also heard about it from defensive back Charles Woodson, now with Oakland, but on the field for Green Bay that night.
"I have a wine bottle from Woodson that says, 'Touchception.' I might pop it open sometime," he said.
Tate admits he was upset with all the negative comments he heard about the play after it happened.
|Golden Tate's game-winning TD catch was one of the most controversial plays of the 2012 season.|
"At first it was frustrating to hear all the hate from their fans," Tate said. "Look, it happened. What else can I do? We all know what happened. I'm sure [the Packers] are ready to prove people wrong or whatever they want to do."
And what will happen if Tate scores a touchdown Friday?
"We'll see," he said. "We'll have a little fun with it, but keep it within the rules." Carroll said he wants to make sure Tate doesn't get caught up in the ire he'll hear from the Green Bay fans.
"I haven't talked to him about it yet, but I will, particularly since you guys are bringing it up," Carroll said. "He just needs to go out there and do the best he can."
Information from ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky was used in this report.