How an NFL receiver fired up NASCAR’s drivers

Written By: Don Coble

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Seattle Seahawks receiver Golden Tate still isn’t sure if race car drivers are athletes, but at least now he’s willing to check it out.

He echoed the feelings of other stick-and-ball players by questioning whether NASCAR drivers should be included for athletic awards, especially when Jimmie Johnson won AP’s athlete of the year for 2010 and was a finalist for the male athlete of the year earlier this summer at the ESPY Awards.

Tate triggered a firestorm on his Twitter account, saying, “Jimmy Johnson up for best athlete???? Um nooo … Driving a car does not show athleticism.”

Then he added: “Guarantee he couldn’t in million years play any SPORT.”

How an NFL receiver fired up NASCAR’s driver/athlete debate |