DETROIT -- Golden Tate wasn’t actually auditioning to join the cheerleading squad, but he might as well have been.
Tate wasn’t thinking about his celebration following his first touchdown of the season in the Detroit Lions' 31-28 win over Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon. Then, he looked over. And he saw the franchise’s newly-hired cheerleaders.
So he went over, grabbed their pom-poms and started dancing with them.
“I was running back to the sideline and saw these ladies here that we just hired so why not party with them, you know,” Tate said. “Just having fun, man. That’s all that matters. Obviously execute your assignment and have fun, man.
“That’s what I’m really focusing on doing.”
After seeing his moves, the Lions cheerleaders offered him a spot on their squad over Twitter.
Tate laughed when he was initially asked about grabbing the pom-poms, saying he forgot he had even done that following his 23-yard touchdown that tied Sunday’s game at 28.
He also remembered his former teammate in Seattle, Richard Sherman, celebrating similarly with the SeaGals when he was in Seattle during the 2013 season.
“I just thought it was hilarious,” Tate said. “But that wasn’t what I was thinking about when I did it. Kind of happened and just having fun, just having a lot of fun.”