Lions' Golden Tate explains how he proposed to his girlfriend in San Diego

SAN DIEGO -- Golden Tate was nervous, but it had nothing to do with playing the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

He was able to play it off to his girlfriend, Elise Pollard, like that. But he was able to use the Lions’ season opener, which ended up being a 33-28 Detroit Lions loss to the Chargers, as cover for his real reason.

He was about to propose.

“I just popped the question, had this big speech, showed up so excited and I blacked out,” Tate said. “I couldn’t remember a single word I was supposed to say other than, ‘Will you marry me?’ She said yes.”

Tate said he got her to go down to the water by saying he missed the beaches -- the two live just outside of Los Angeles during the offseason -- and he said along the way they actually saw someone being arrested not far from where he ended up proposing.

He had been planning this since the summer and the NFL schedule helped him out because Pollard is from the San Diego area originally. After he proposed, he said they had 25 to 30 people at a dinner at Rustic Root, a restaurant in downtown San Diego, to celebrate.

Tate said Pollard had been inquiring about whether or not he was going to propose recently, but he was able to keep it a secret until Saturday.

“She’d been putting the Cover zero blitz on me,” Tate said. “I couldn’t say anything, but it worked out great. I think she’s happy for me. We’re excited about our future.”

Yesterday was a dream...my fiancΓ© could not be more amazing. Yesterday he proposed in my hometown of San Diego, in the marina on the ocean that he knows I love, the longest most thought out speech (although it was a blur) and both were crying... Then he took me to a restaurant where he'd reserved the rooftop at and we were surrounded by parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, and friends. He even picked out my white outfit, as I had no idea what was happening and laid out a few choices. He pointed at the white one and I didn't think anything of it. This man... Is my dream... This man is mine allll mine! My fiancΓ©!!!!!! AHHHHHπŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’ Him telling me all the stories of how long he's been planning this day, and how long he's been planning my ring... Made me cry over and over! πŸ™Œ Ps he ALSO had a photographer to capture the whole thing (he is perfect) I can't wait to get those pics i am dying!! So so happy @showtimetate you've already made me the happiest girl in the world I'm beyond blessed to soon be your wife. WOW .... I loveeeee you. 😍

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