Who is Robert Tate?


NFL Veteran


Robert Tate is a 9 season veteran of the National Football League. He was the 183rd pick in the 6th round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, who were led by Coach Dennis Green.


Drafted as a wide receiver, Robert Tate made the switch to defensive back midway through the 1999 season, and became the second player ever in Vikings history to record a pass reception and pass interception in the same season.


Robert left the Minnesota Vikings in 2002, and signed a one-year contract to play cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens, led by Coach Brian Billick for the 2002/2003 season. He spent one year out of professional football in 2003 before joining the Arizona Cardinals.


On February 26, 2004, Tate signed a one-year contract to play for the Cardinals, who were being led by Coach Green again, and went on to play three consecutive seasons as successful cornerback/kick-returner for the Cardinals. He retired from the league in 2007.


Robert now enjoys his life in the media traveling throughout the states as a motivational speaker. You can read the transcript of a recent media interview with Robert here to learn more.


  • NFL Career
  • Minnesota Vikings (1997-2002)
  • Baltimore Ravens (2002-2003)
  • Arizona Cardinals (2005-2007)


Motivational Speaker


Warning: Be prepared for all listeners to be ignited by Tate’s fiery passion in his inspirational keynote speeches.


Robert Tate is well versed in delivering powerful words and motivation for setting personal goals and always being willing to do the work to accomplish your dreams, no matter what obstacles may get in the way. Robert empowers youth and adults alike to believe in themselves and to be anything you want to be in life.


Tate is available for public speaking engagements at your high school or college for Commencements and Graduations. He is also available to speak at churches, seminars or any athletic event.


Accomplished Author


NFL Veteran Robert Tate Reveals How He Made It From Little League to the NFL: Overcoming His Secret Battle With Dyslexia.


Robert understands what a child goes through in their struggles with dyslexia in the classroom and in society as well. Robert struggled throughout all his years in school and he knows first-hand the toll it takes on your mental state of mind. With hard work, extra effort, dedication, support from his mother, Michelle Tate Washington, and the grace of God, Robert Tate was able to overcome his secret battle with dyslexia and desires to help children with dyslexia succeed.