Golden Tate mocks Dallas Cowboys safety Barry Church

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Wide receiver Golden Tate has had an excellent season for the Detroit Lions after joining from the Seahawks in free agency earlier this year.

And it seems that the 2013 SuperBowl Champion is in great form off the field as well, taking shots at Dallas Cowboys safety Barry Church ahead of the two sides clash in the first round of the playoffs this weekend.

After Church had come out saying he wanted to get revenge on Tate for a hit on linebacker Shaun Lee in 2012, Tate had the best comeback - asking who in the hell is Barry Church.

Barry Who?

"Man, I don't know this guy," Tate said on Thursday. "I just now heard of him yesterday from this incident. He's trying to get on the scene, I guess. We'll see."

Honestly, it's a very fair question asking who Barry Church is. And after a quick Googling i can summarise that Church is a safety who went undrafted out of Toledo about five years ago. This is just his second year as a starter in the Cowboys defense.

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"Honestly, I wasn't quite sure who he was and I just kept hearing it," Tate added. "Then I kind of started to investigate and I started to watch film. And then I went to bed."

The Hit

Church made his claims about wanting revenge on a Dallas radio show on Wednesday, saying Tate's hit on Lee was the "dirtiest shot I've ever seen" and that the Cowboys were going to try and get him back for the hit two years ago but "it will be within the rules, within the rules."

Tate was fined $21,000 for the hit in Seattle's 27-7 win against Dallas in 2012 when he hit Lee in the chest and chin with the crown of his helmet. The hit knocked Lee to the ground for several seconds.

Tate celebrated the hit by flexing his biceps.

Lions-Cowboys Rivalry

This is the latest edition in a long list of modern-day rivalry between the Cowboys and the Lions. In 2011, it was Lions coach Jim Schwartz going at it with Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant.

Last year, Bryant caught all kinds of flak by daring to compare himself with Lions receiver Calvin Johnson. And now Tate has continued the trend.

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