Brentwood Twin Sisters Continue Family Sports Dynasty
By Chris Cannon
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - On signing day for high school athletes Brentwood Academy had a table full of students. Two of them were related and part of a powerful sports family.
Deanna and Breanna Tate are two of the best athletes to ever run track at the school. They helped take the their team to a state championship last year. They hope to achieve similar success this season.
"That's the ultimate goal, to get to state and win it as a team," said Deanna Tate.
This will be the last year the twin sisters run for the same high school team. But it will not be the last time they compete on the same track.
Wednesday the sisters signed letters of intent to attend Ole Miss in the fall. It was a decision they struggled with, at first.
"I wanted to go to Vanderbilt more than I wanted to go to Ole Miss, before we actually visited Ole Miss," said Breanna Tate.
But after a recruitment trip to the school, both sisters knew where they needed to be college freshman.
"It was like a no brainer that we were going to be going to Ole Miss," Deanna Tate said.
When they signed their letters this week, their two brothers where there. The young ladies have looked to them for advice through this stressful process.
"They both told us to be content, never give up. They just give us a lot of great advice," Deanna Tate said.
Their brothers know the pressures of becoming star college athletes. Wesley Tate is a stand-out on the football field for the Vanderbilt Commodores.
Golden Tate had such a successful college career at the University of Notre Dame he went on to the National Football League. He currently plays for the Seattle Seahawks.
Both girls insist there was no pressure to follow in their brothers' athletic footsteps.
"If I wanted to not just do track, that would be fine, so there's no pressure at all," Breanna Tate said.
"I wasn't forced to do any kind of sport, other than make good grades. Track was just a thing I love, I don't see any pressure to continue, but it's something I love," according to Deanna Tate.
The four siblings were raised by their mother. And after all these years Yolanda Tate will be home, without her children, for the first time this fall.
"She has a puppy, though, she has a little baby Peanut, so. Hoping she'll be all right," Deanna Tate said.
Like their brothers, the Tate twins received full scholarships to college. That will keep their single mom from paying any college tuition for her children.