Randy Vataha

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Randy Vataha
Date of birth (1948-12-04) December 4, 1948 (age 68)
Place of birth Santa Monica, California
Career information
Position(s) Wide receiver
College Stanford
NFL draft 1971 / Round: 17 / Pick 418
Career history
As player
1971–1976 New England Patriots
1977 Green Bay Packers
Career stats

Randel Edward "Randy" Vataha, (born December 4, 1948 in Santa Monica, California), was a wide receiver who played seven seasons in the NFL.

College career[edit]

Vataha, a wide receiver, was one of Jim Plunkett's favorite receiving targets at Stanford. In 1970, Vataha caught a 96-yard touchdown pass from Plunkett, the longest touchdown catch in Stanford history until it was surpassed by a 98-yard pass from Joe Borchard to Troy Walters in 1999.[1] He scored the last touchdown in Stanford's upset of Ohio State in the 1971 Rose Bowl and is a member of the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame.

NFL career[edit]

He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 17th round of the 1971 NFL Draft (418th overall), but was signed as a free agent by the New England Patriots, where he was reunited with Plunkett. In his first NFL season, Vataha was named to UPI's AFC all-rookie team. He played six seasons with the Patriots before ending his career with the Green Bay Packers in 1977.

After football[edit]

After retiring from football, Vataha was a founding member of the United States Football League in 1983, owning 50% of the Boston Breakers. Vataha is now the president of Game Plan LLC, a company that specializes in the buying and selling of professional sports teams.[2]


  1. ^ "Stanford Football History Individual Records" (PDF). Stanford Football Media Guide. 2006. p. 140. Retrieved 2007-03-07. 
  2. ^ "Randy Vataha – Official New England Patriots Biography". New England Patriots website. Retrieved 2007-03-19.