Golden Tate and the Seattle Seahawks are set to square off against the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl next month. And the owner of a doughnut shop called Top Pot in Seattle is taking part of the credit for both Tate's and the Seahawks' success.
In 2010, Tate got himself into trouble with the law after he was caught red-handed trying to swipe some maple-flavored doughnuts after closing time. Tate was ultimately forgiven of his petty crime and given an official warning. The wide receiver apologized to the owner of the shop, and as fate would have it, wound up forming a business relationship with them!
Fast forward to 2014, and Top Pot co-founder Mark Klebeck tells TMZ Sports that he believes the incident helped Tate mature into a better person, as well as a better player.
"I think he’s a great guy," Klebeck says ... "He was straight out of college in a big city and made some mistakes, but didn’t hurt any body."
"He’s developed into not only a great player on the field but a great personality in the community! We’re proud of Golden Tate."
Moral of the story: Attempt to steal doughnuts from a local bakery of your choice. Get caught in the process. Apologize and then turn into a productive receiver on a Super Bowl caliber team.