|Date of birth:April 19, 1981|
|Place of birth: Youngstown, Ohio|
|High school: Whitehall-Yearling (OH)|
|NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 49|
|Debuted in 2004 for the Cincinnati Bengals|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Keiwan Jevar Ratliff (born April 19, 1981) is an American former football cornerback who played seven seasons in the National Football League (NFL) during the 2000s. He played college football for the University of Florida, and was recognized as a consensus All-American. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL) in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft, and also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL.
- 1 Early years
- 2 College career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 Bibliography
- 7 External links
Ratliff was born in Youngstown, Ohio in 1981. He attended Whitehall-Yearling High School in Whitehall, Ohio, and was a letterman in high school football and basketball for the Whitehall-Yearling Rams. Ratliff was a standout receiver on offense and cornerback on defense, he totaled forty-two catches for 760 yards and twelve touchdowns in 1997, and forty-six receptions for 880 yards and thirteen touchdowns in 1998. He was an all-state selection as a senior in 1998, and received high school All-America honors from Super Prep, Prep Star and National Blue Chips.
Ratliff accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Steve Spurrier and coach Ron Zook's Florida Gators football teams from 2000 to 2003. During his four-season college career with the Gators, he set school records for punt return yards (860), interceptions in a season (9), and interceptions in a single game (3). He was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection in 2002 and 2003, and a consensus first-team All-American in 2003. As a senior team captain, he was recognized as the SEC Defensive Player of the Year by Sporting News, and was picked by his teammates as the Gators' most valuable player.
First stint with Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals selected Ratliff in the second round (forty-ninth overall pick) in the 2004 NFL Draft, and he played for the Bengals for three seasons and part of a fourth, from 2004 to 2007. He played in fifty-one games for the Bengals, and started in eight. His most productive season was in 2005, when he intercepted three passes and recovered a fumble.
On September 26, 2007, the Bengals released him.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ratliff signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 12, 2007, but was waived on November 28, 2007.
The Indianapolis Colts claimed Ratliff off waivers on November 29, 2007. He saw limited play with the team in the 2007 and 2008 seasons until he was cut by the Colts on September 20, 2008. He was re-signed on October 8, 2008 but waived again on October 22. He was once again re-signed on October 30 after cornerback Marlin Jackson was placed on injured reserve.
On December 18, 2008, Ratliff scored his first NFL career touchdown in a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars; he intercepted David Garrard and ran the ball 35 yards for the game-winning touchdown. That game would wind up clinching the playoffs for Indianapolis that year.
Second stint with Bengals
Third stint with Bengals
Ratliff was resigned and added to the 53 man active roster on December 15, 2010.
Ratliff was added to the Destroyers' roster on September 9, 2011. He was placed on the injured reserve list on October 11.
- 2003 College Football All-America Team
- History of the Cincinnati Bengals
- List of Florida Gators football All-Americans
- List of Florida Gators football players in the NFL
- List of Pittsburgh Steelers players
- Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Keiwan Ratliff. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
- databaseFootball.com, Players, Keiwan Ratliff. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
- GatorZone.com, Football History, 2003 Roster, Keiwan Ratliff. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
- 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 89, 94, 97, 102, 103, 125, 150, 185 (2011). Retrieved August 31, 2011.
- 2012 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, pp. 11 & 14 (2012). Retrieved September 14, 2012.
- Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 2004 National Football League Draft. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
- National Football League, Current Players, Keiwan Ratliff. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
- Carlson, Norm, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (2007). ISBN 0-7948-2298-3.