Tim Rattay

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Tim Rattay
Oklahoma State Cowboys
Position:Quarterbacks coach
Personal information
Born: (1977-03-15) March 15, 1977 (age 45)
Elyria, Ohio
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Phoenix (AZ) Christian
College:Louisiana Tech
NFL Draft:2000 / Round: 7 / Pick: 212
Career history
As a player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards:4,853
Passer rating:81.9
Player stats at NFL.com

Timothy F. Rattay (/rəˈt/; born March 15, 1977) is the American football quarterbacks coach for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Prior to becoming a coach, Rattay played in the National Football League and United Football League as a quarterback. He played college football at Louisiana Tech, and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round of the 2000 NFL Draft.

Rattay was also a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Arizona Cardinals, and Las Vegas Locomotives.

Early years[edit]

Rattay's high school career began at Mesa High School in Mesa, Arizona. He did not take snaps as a sophomore or junior at Mesa High before transferring to Phoenix Christian when his father, Jim, became an assistant.

Because he was a backup, Rattay did not play until his senior year at Phoenix Christian, where he set a school record with 40 touchdown passes in 1994.

College career[edit]

Scottsdale CC[edit]

Rattay was not scouted by a major college, so he played a year at Scottsdale Community College, where he beat out five quarterbacks ahead of him on the depth chart to earn the starting spot the week of the season opener. He led the nation's junior-college quarterbacks in touchdown passes (28) and yardage (3,526).[1]

Louisiana Tech[edit]

Tim Rattay then transferred to Louisiana Tech, in Ruston. There he set several NCAA records, finishing his career with the NCAA Division I-A records for average passing yards per game, 386.2, and total offensive yards, 12,643. He was in the top 10 voting for the Heisman in 1998, which is awarded to the most outstanding college football player. In 1998, he broke school records as a senior with 4,943 yards and 46 touchdowns to finish with what was, at the time, third in NCAA history in single-season yardage.[2] His 1998 season is, as of 2020, 19th all-time.[3]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP Cmp Att Pct Yards TDs Int
1997 Louisiana Tech 11 293 477 61.4 3,881 34 10
1998 Louisiana Tech 12 380 559 68.0 4,943 46 13
1999 Louisiana Tech 10 342 516 66.3 3,922 35 12
College Totals 33 1,015 1,552 65.4 12,746 115 35

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Wonderlic
6 ft 0+12 in
(1.84 m)
215 lb
(98 kg)
31+12 in
(0.80 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
4.91 s 1.67 s 2.79 s 4.21 s 7.34 s 25.5 in
(0.65 m)
8 ft 4 in
(2.54 m)
All values from NFL Combine[5][6]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Tim Rattay entered the league as the seventh-round pick (212th overall) of the San Francisco 49ers in the 2000 NFL Draft. Rattay outperformed fellow rookie Giovanni Carmazzi, who'd been taken in the third round (65th overall, 147 spots ahead of Rattay), to earn a roster spot as a backup to starting quarterback Jeff Garcia. Starting in place of an injured Garcia, Rattay won 2 of 3 games in 2003, throwing 7 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions, before getting injured. When Garcia was released from the team in March 2004, largely due to salary cap constraints,[7] Rattay was given the starting job. From 2004–2005 he went 2–11 playing for the 49ers.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

On October 18, 2005, Rattay was acquired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 6th-round 2006 NFL Draft pick from the San Francisco 49ers.

Late in the 2006 season, Rattay stepped in as the starting quarterback for the Buccaneers due to the poor play of Bruce Gradkowski. In the week 15 game against the Chicago Bears, he entered the game with Tampa Bay losing 14–3. Due to his strong performance, Tampa Bay tied the game at 31, but they eventually lost in overtime 34–31. This performance led head coach Jon Gruden to name Rattay as the team's third different starting quarterback in the 2006 season.

Tennessee Titans[edit]

On May 9, 2007, Rattay signed as a free agent with the Tennessee Titans. The following month Gruden would name Jeff Garcia Rattay's successor as the Buccaneers' starting quarterback.[8] Rattay signed with Tennessee to be a backup before 2007's training camp. He made the team's 53 man roster, but was cut the next day.

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

On October 9, 2007, Rattay signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals as a backup to Kurt Warner, following a season-ending collarbone injury to starting quarterback Matt Leinart. Rattay would replace Warner in goal-line situations, where he went 3 for 3 with all 3 being touchdowns. Rattay declined to sign for another year, and decided to test the free agent market.

In September 2008, there were rumors that the New England Patriots considered signing Rattay after Tom Brady was lost for the entire 2008 season.[9] In the 2000 NFL draft, the Patriots considered drafting Rattay but opted for Brady instead. The Patriots brought Rattay to Foxboro along with Chris Simms, but once they arrived, they were told that, since Matt Cassel had emerged, the situation had changed and Simms and Rattay were no longer needed in New England.

A month later, Rattay worked out with the Detroit Lions, but they never made an offer to him.[10]

Las Vegas Locomotives[edit]

In July 2009, Rattay signed with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League. Head coach Jim Fassel said that Rattay would serve as the backup to J. P. Losman. On November 21, Rattay started for an injured Losman and led the Locomotives with two touchdown passes in a blowout win against the New York Sentinels.[11]

On July 12, 2010 Rattay announced his retirement from professional football.

Career achievements[edit]

  • Rattay is one of only three 7th-round or undrafted quarterback since 1995 (out of a pool of 30 such players) to pass for more than 400 yards in a game. Matt Cassel accomplished this twice in 2008, and Tony Romo in 2010.
  • Rattay broke the San Francisco 49ers team record for the most completions in a 31–28 win against the Arizona Cardinals on October 10, 2004, when he completed 38 passes, breaking Joe Montana's record of 37.[12]
  • Rattay is the only quarterback in NFL history to throw three consecutive passes all going for touchdowns, as he did for the Arizona Cardinals in 2007.[13]
  • Rattay was responsible for the biggest comeback in Buccaneers history on December 17, 2006, when he led the team back from a 21-point 3rd quarter deficit against the eventual NFC Champion Chicago Bears, throwing for three touchdowns in the fourth quarter and sending the game into overtime before the Buccaneers lost, 34–31.[14]

Coaching career[edit]

Las Vegas Locomotives[edit]

Following his retirement, Rattay joined the Locomotives coaching staff as wide receivers coach on July 18, 2011.[15]

Louisiana Tech[edit]

Skip Holtz hired Rattay to be the Louisiana Tech wide receivers coach prior to the 2013 football season.

Washington Redskins[edit]

On February 8, 2019, Rattay joined the Washington Redskins staff as a quarterbacks coach.[16]

Oklahoma State Cowboys[edit]

Rattay joined the Oklahoma State Cowboys football team as their quarterbacks coach on January 10, 2020.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 24, 2007. Retrieved June 10, 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://web1.ncaa.org/web_files/stats/football_records/DI/2009/2009Collegiate.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  3. ^ "Passing Yards Single Season Leaders and Records".
  4. ^ "NFL Draft: The Annual Drama of the Wonderlic Test". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved December 15, 2021.
  5. ^ "Tim Rattay, Combine Results, QB - Louisiana Tech". nflcombineresults.com. Retrieved December 15, 2021.
  6. ^ "Tim Rattay Stats". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved December 15, 2021.
  7. ^ "Salary cap guides 49ers' decision". ESPN. March 2, 2004. Retrieved December 4, 2021.
  8. ^ NFL.com - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Team News
  9. ^ nytimes.com "Brady Done for Season, Patriots Announce" September 8, 2008
  10. ^ "Wednesday Notes: Tim Rattay Works Out for Lions". October 22, 2008.
  11. ^ "Las Vegas News | Breaking News & Headlines".
  12. ^ "Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers - October 10th, 2004".
  13. ^ "Tim Rattay's 2007 stats"
  14. ^ "Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears - December 17th, 2006".
  15. ^ "Rattay Retires from Playing, Joins Locomotives on the Sideline". OurSports Central. July 18, 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
  16. ^ Camenker, Jacob (January 8, 2020). "Redskins hire Ken Zampese, offensive staff coming into focus". riggosrag.com.
  17. ^ Bonner II, Frank. "OSU football: Cowboys hire Tim Rattay as the new quarterbacks coach". tulsaworld.com. Retrieved January 10, 2020.

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