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NFL wideout: NASCAR drivers aren't athletes

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09:56 AM ET 07.15 | With the NFL lockout stretching into its fourth month, players are biding their time in different ways. Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate, for one, is using his free time to take shots at NASCAR drivers. [The second-year receiver wrote on Twitter]: "Jimmy johnson up for best athlete???? Um nooo .. Driving a car does not show athleticism." ... After a barrage of pro-NASCAR replies, he relented somewhat, saying "I'm not saying NASCAR isn't hard I'm just saying u don't have to be athletic to do that..." and "Apologies for my offensive comment to NASCAR fans. I actually read up on it and NO I couldn't race a car 150 mph." Still, that apology was about as heartfelt as most athlete apologies are; within minutes he was back to slagging racing and Johnson.

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July 15, 2011  10:20 AM ET

With a name like Golden I would not have much to say about athletes.

July 15, 2011  10:28 AM ET

No comment here

July 15, 2011  10:30 AM ET

Iv argued this topic to many times. Top notch athletes, try one of their workouts.

July 15, 2011  10:34 AM ET

They may be in good shape, but I don't consider it to be a sport. Just my opinion.

July 15, 2011  11:10 AM ET

Try driving for 3 to 4 hours and concentrating heavely on driving the car between 150 to 200 mph, plus pulling 2 to 5 g's...That takes and athlete, he will never know...

July 15, 2011  11:15 AM ET

Throw in the unbelievably hot temperatures, and you have to be in incredible shape to do it. I can almost guarantee this "Golden" boy would wilt in no time. Then I guess that would make him something less than these guys who are not athletes.

Some of these football players really need to stay off Twitter. Really. They just show their lack of any education and common sense.

July 15, 2011  11:37 AM ET

Consider his nickname 'shower'. Did he say golfers are athletes?

July 15, 2011  11:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Consider his nickname 'shower'. Did he say golfers are athletes?

Good one.

July 15, 2011  11:58 AM ET

shiprock LOL
No point in explainin anythin to people who say Nascar not a sport. They usually aren't the type to listen and consider what you say, no matter how logical you are.
Just wonderin if they can sit in a hot steamin car for 4 hours then hop out quickly and do backflips and such, without any effort. And what about the pit crew. They have to maintain themselves even more.

July 15, 2011  12:25 PM ET

I recall the year Jacques Villeneuve won the WDC in F1 and was declared Canada's athlete of the year.

Larry Walker who had just ditched the Expos to head to brazillions of $$ in Colorado was whining and snivelling about Jacques winning over him.

TFB.......

July 15, 2011  12:41 PM ET

You have to be athletic and you have to have balls. End of story.

July 15, 2011  12:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

You have to be athletic and you have to have balls. End of story.

The bigger the better. LOL

July 15, 2011  01:07 PM ET

With a name like Golden Tate He would be a perfect driver! I wonder how Tate's season is going.... unlike NASCAR, IT AINT!

July 15, 2011  01:21 PM ET

Being a Seahawks fan, I can only say to Mr 'Golden' Tate .... When you actually accomplish something, then you can talk your shit. Until then .... please keep your ignorant mouth shut and at least TRY to run the right routs this year, before Sneaky Pete shows YOU the new revolving front door he had installed last year.

July 15, 2011  01:29 PM ET

See what happens when the NFL lockout continues? Players start losing their freakin minds. You got Hines Ward sloshing around in his sled like Nick Nolte, James Harrison ripping everybody on and off his team, then retracting statements and apologizing (how weak is that?), Pacman Jones career is pretty much over because he can't stay out of trouble, and now golden tate loses his mind on twitter. My God I hope the NFL lockout never ends so we can just watch these fools shoot themselves in the foot all year long. And really, golden tate talking smack? Are freakin kidding me? Is this the same golden tate that only averaged 10 yards per catch last season with NO TDS!?!?! The same golden tate that had a total of 4 catches for 13 yds in the last 3 regular season games last year? The same golden tate that had a whopping 1 CATCH FOR 5 YARDS IN TWO PLAYOFF GAMES LAST YEAR!?!?
Hey golden, you play for the freakin seahawks and you haven't done **** in the NFL, so ****. And I don't recall Jimmy Johnson breaking into a freakin Winchell's Donut house to steal donuts like you got busted for. Oh, you thought we'd forget about that genius move huh?
http://thepigskindoctors.com/2010/06/seattle-seahawks-rookie-golden-tate-t op-pot-caper/
For cryin out loud golden, keep your pie-hole shut and learn how to PAY FOR YOUR FREAKIN DONUTS!!! And maybe, just maybe, some day you'll catch a TD pass in the NFL...

July 15, 2011  02:05 PM ET

Just try going to your local kart race track and run a 25 lapper. First put on your long underwear and warm clothes before you put on your driver's suit, head sock and helmet. In 25 laps you'll be mentally and phsyically exhausted, not to mention overheated. Concentrating on your line in and out of each turn and other competitors too boot... and all this doesn't even come close to what a real racer endures, whether on the local short tracks or in NASCAR.

July 15, 2011  02:32 PM ET

Considering WOs are the Prima Donnas of the NFL he should talk.

July 15, 2011  02:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I recall the year Jacques Villeneuve won the WDC in F1 and was declared Canada's athlete of the year.Larry Walker who had just ditched the Expos to head to brazillions of $$ in Colorado was whining and snivelling about Jacques winning over him.TFB.......

And Larry was declared Ath-Ho?

July 15, 2011  02:38 PM ET

And, less we forget, drivers don't really get to take a break once the race starts, even yellow flags have a lot going on, they can't get out of the cars and get to cool off or unwind, unlike football where they only play half the game anyway, have TV timeouts every 10 min and a 20 min halftime where they can change uniforms, get help for injuries, etc. Stupid is as stupid does.

 
July 15, 2011  02:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

You have to be athletic and you have to have balls. End of story.

So...you're saying Danica Patrick is neither a race car driver, nor an athlete?

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