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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald says that any wide receiver would have done anything they could to get to the football, which includes the offensive pass interference that Golden Tate of the Seattle Seahawks committed.
If you might remember, before the incorrect touchdown call that helped the Seattle Seahawks beat the Green Bay Packers on the final play, there was a second missed opportunity by the replacement referees to avoid the disastrous outcome. Golden Tate blatantly pushed off a Green Bay defender before going down, wrestling the ball away from M.D. Jennings and getting rewarded with simultaneous possession and the game winning touchdown catch. Tate, in a postgame interview with ESPN's Lisa Salters, later denied that he pushed off of anyone, although the replay clearly indicated there were some late-game shenanigans.
Larry Fitzgerald points out in an interview and demonstration on NFL AM that what Tate did was standard operating procedure for wide receivers in the end zone. Fitzgerald says that he would try to do whatever he can to get past his defender, run to the football and try and get it before anyone else can. Whether that includes offensive pass interference or not is irrelevant -- all that matters is getting to the football and making a play on the football, regardless of whether it means pushing people out of the way or not.