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Tim Rattay
Washington Redskins
Position:Quarterbacks coach
Personal information
Born: (1977-03-15) March 15, 1977 (age 42)
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 player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TD-INT:31–23
Passing yards:4,853
Passer rating:81.9
Player stats at NFL.com

Timothy F. Rattay (/rəˈt/; born March 15, 1977) is the quarterbacks coach for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League and former professional American football quarterback who played in the National Football League and United Football League. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at Louisiana Tech.

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

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  • ✪ Chris Rattay: Are You Tough Enough to Build Unity? [Biola University Chapel]

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(bright upbeat music) - Well as a way to get to know me, you'll see some pictures up here, coming through the PowerPoint. You see a picture of my family and my church. I've been married, Maggie and I have been married now for 15 years. Our kids are in the seventh grade, the fifth grade, and first grade. There's my family right there. That picture is a year ago as my wife was inducted in our college's Sports Hall of Fame. And so that right there can tell you who owns the pants in this family, alright? So I figured, if you're an average athlete, and you want glory, just marry somebody who is glorious. And then I got to go to a Hall of Fame banquet and ride on her coattails. Well, this relationship almost didn't happen with Maggie and I. Our first date was a little sketchy. As you can tell, we're very different people. Maggie's parents immigrated from China, from Shanghai to be exact. She's Chinese American, I'm White American. I didn't grow up around Chinese culture or any other of the Asian cultures. And so we go on our first date, I take her out to just a standard American-style restaurant, each person orders their own plate of food kind of a deal. Well, I'm a big extrovert, Maggie's a little bit of an introvert. And I'm nervous 'cause I'm smitten by her, and so I start talking and I keep talking. And our food comes and I keep talking and all of a sudden, I realize she has eaten all the food on her plate, and then she's picking and eating the food off of my plate while I'm talking. And my reaction was like, "Oh no, she is not touching my food!" I was completely confused. It was the first time I've ever been on a first date where when I dropped her off at home, I had to run to In-N-Out and get myself a hamburger 'cause I was hungry. Yet, even though she took my food, I was still smitten by her so we went out again, this time with her Chinese-American friends. And we went out to a Chinese restaurant, first time I'd been to an authentic Chinese restaurant. And I sat down, I grabbed the menu, it was about eight of us, or whatever, when all of a sudden, one of her friends said, "Hey don't worry, I'll order for us." And everybody starts talking while this lady is talking to the waiter and getting all the food. And in my mind, I think, "Wait a minute, she didn't even ask me what I want." I mean what, how do they know? What if they get stuff that I don't like? And then I find out when the food comes, we're all sharing it. I'm like, I don't understand. Well it was at this lunch, as some of her friends started grilling me that I got to ask some questions. And I learned a lot about the communal eating culture of the Chinese. We had a lot of laughs that day as they realized how shocked I was, that whatever food's on the table is free game for everybody. As someone who comes from a culture that values independence we saw very quickly, Maggie and I, into our dating relationship that we had differences that were beyond just male and female. And while her eating off of my plate was something to laugh about and not really that big of a deal, in time, we had to deal with much deeper differences. And our relationship has been quite a journey of working through differences that are there because we come from very different families with very different world views, and different values that are emphasized. Well 18 years later, 15 years of marriage, I am so glad that we persevered through those early years of working through our differences because now she is my best friend and the greatest partner I could ever imagine to have in ministry and in raising our children. Now Maggie and I, we will continue to work through differences till the day that we meet Jesus, but now that we have made it twice as many years as the average length of marriage in the U.S. I can say that persevering for unity, fighting for deep unity in the midst of great differences is completely worth it. The long, difficult journey of unity is at the very center of the gospel. It is one of the major themes of the letter of Paul to the Philippians, which I understand is the book that is anchoring your chapels this year. Paul says in chapter one, verse 27, in Philippians, "Only let your manner of life be worthy "of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come "and see you, or am absent, "I may hear of you that you are standing firm "in one spirit with one mind striving side by side "for the faith of the gospel." See, here Paul connects for us the gospel of Jesus, with the fight for unity within the Christian body, within our churches, and eventually within our society. Essentially, he is saying that if we are not putting our energies into reconciliation into breaking walls of division that exist between us, then we are not worthy of the gospel of Christ. The gospel is the message and power of unity, first unifying us to God and then to each other. He is saying that if striving for unity is not at the center of our Christian practice, then the gospel is not the center of our lives. Or let's just cut right to it. If you think that racial reconciliation should be a fringe issue in the life of the church or in the life of a disciple of Jesus, if you think that reconciliation between rich and poor is something for liberal radicals and something that is only done in a few acts of charity every year, then you are not worthy of the gospel. If your Christian practice means that you sit around with people who are generally the same ethnicity, education, and class as you, simply studying the Bible for new ideas, then you are not worthy of the gospel. The gospel of Jesus is not meant to solely give us new ideas and ideals as we pursue as much social comfort as we possibly can. The gospel of Jesus is the very power of God, to strengthen us, and to give us the kind of toughness to persevere in building unity among people who are very different from us. Now let's be clear, Paul is referring to some specific division that is going on in this Philippian church. There was division about whether it was right for Paul to act in such a way with the gospel that had got him into prison. There is interpersonal conflict that we see at the end of the letter. And then there were issues of division that we can assume were happening that we don't really know much about. But as we follow Paul's exhortation from this, verse 27, we see him giving universal instruction that deals with any kind of division. Over and over, he emphasizes that at the center of Christian practice, is striving for unity with each other. Striving for real family-like relationship among people who disagree. From this verse, he expands into the incarnation of Jesus as the model and motivation to quote, look to others' interests. In humility, count others more significant than yourselves. He then ends this particular section with the big trump card, right? He says after giving the model of Jesus, in chapter two, verse 12, he says, "Therefore," right, here's the ending, "Therefore, work out your own salvation "with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, "both to will and to work for his good pleasure." Going on to say that in your striving for unity, you shine as lights in a broken and divided world. Do you know how many times I have heard Philippians 2:12-13? "Work out your salvation with fear and trembling," applied only to individuals? It always seems to be used as a central text in motivating us to do our part in individual holiness and loyalty to Jesus. This is what happens when we read scripture from a cultural lens of independence. When our theology is being driven solely from teachers who come from a culture where the individaul is placed above the community, it distorts how we see the scripture. And while we can say, of course we can apply Philippians 2:12-13 to our individual lives, we have to see that Paul is not speaking to an individual but he's rather, speaking to a community, a divided community. You see, he's circling back to chapter 127, by linking their need to pursue unity with their acceptance of the gospel. He is saying that we are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling together by building unity, for it is God who works in you all, you as a community, plural you, because of the gospel, both to will and work for God's good pleasure. God gains pleasure when we are striving for unity. When we are following the model of his son who left his homogeneous environment of heaven to build real family with us, a sinful, and thus very different culture than he was used to in heaven. My first assignment as a young pastor at USC, I was a campus pastor that was InterVarsity, along with the other staff, we built up a Christian community there of about 120 students. Most of the students looked like me and had a world view like me. One day, we had about 30 of these students in a room and we were having one of those deep family talks. How are people feeling in our Christian community? How was the experience? How are the friendships going? And after a while, all of a sudden, the three African-American students who were in our community started to share. They said a lot. They were very gracious, very affirming, but in summary they said, "We love this community because we are inspired "to grow in Jesus. "But we have to take off our culture to be here. "We have to leave parts of our culture at the door "when we enter, and that is difficult for us." Now as a 24 year old pastor, this was very new to me. And so my first reaction was defensiveness. Inside my mind and my heart, I was saying, "Wait a minute, we have never tolerated racism here. "We've always been kind to everyone." But you see, I didn't say anything because I was totally confused because I could hear their hearts. And they were saying, "There are differences "that exist culturally, and because there's only three of us "in a group of 120, we feel those differences all the time." I felt defensiveness because I was young and immature. And I felt confusion because I had never had these real conversations before as I had not been in very many deep cross-cultural friendships. What I've learned since that conversation is that the scripture is always talking about differences. The scripture never pretends that they are not there. Jesus was constantly cranking up the tension by talking through the differences in his day, racial differences, class differences, gender differences. And we get into letters of the New Testament, I mean, James is going after the church for their partiality between rich and poor. Paul, it's all over the letters that Paul is dealing with, in Galatians and Ephesians, especially, he's talking about the differences between slave and free, Jewish and Gentiles racial differences, men and women, right? When Paul tells us in Galatians that in Christ there is no Jew or Greek, no slave or free, no male or female, he's not saying that in Jesus we are to ignore the differences. Can you imagine how ridiculous and awkward that would be if I acted around the women in my church as if there was nothing different between me and them? That I was looking at the same gender? That I don't even see you as a woman, I just don't even see it. We're the same. I mean that would be ridiculous and awkward. I'd have a lot of very difficult conversations if I acted like that, right? You see, Paul is not saying that in Christ we don't see the difference. He is saying that in Christ, we eliminate partiality that is there because of the difference, we eliminate bias, we eliminate division, we eliminate power. In Christ, in the midst of our differences, we build unified family, which is why the first step in building real unity is to be okay with differences, to not be defensive or try to ignore them. You see, as we hear our brothers or sisters saying, "I live a different life than you. "I have a different lens on this world "because of a different cultural upbringing," we should in humility look to their interests and welcome their story. Years ago I was hanging out with Mannie, a friend, we lived in the same apartment complex a few doors down in East LA, and we are close in age, we have similar build, and at the time, I would shave my head with a razor so it looked like this shiny, brand new cue ball that you'd see on a pool table. Well, he did the same, that's how he did his head, and one night we were talking, and we started talking about the different products we use on our head to help in the shaving process, this is very important, you know? When all of a sudden, he said, "Man it sucks how much we get harassed by the police, yeah?" And I said, "What are you talking about?" And he kind of looks at me, he's like, "Oh yeah, nice to be White around here." And I said, "Whoa, whoa, "tell me what's happened to you, man." And he began to share about all these different times, this is a man, no criminal background, doesn't have one tattoo, family man, but because he loves to shave his head, right, he gets stalked by the police, questioned by them, he's been handcuffed and put into the car before he's finally released. By the end, I was shocked. I apologized to him for my people and for this society that takes men who are similar but have a different race, and has a different type of life, and I told him, I said, "I hope you know "that you have a white friend who knows "that you are a great man, "who knows all of you, "who isn't threatened by your shaved head, "but thinks it's very sexy." (audience laughs) And we had a nice, deep moment there and it was a lot of laughs, talking about just how sexy men are with shaved heads. You see, in order to build real unity, real family-like relationships that give God pleasure, we need to be Jesus-centered people, who at the same time, live in a humility and a security. If you think that the problem of division is all because of the other person, or the other side, then you grieve the heart of God. At the same time, if you think the problem of division is all because of you and your side, and you're so shameful about your side, then you also grieve the heart of God. Look, nobody in this world knows how to build real unity. Nobody is clean, right? Now the side that has more power is able to create more division, right? But every side is broken, every side just wants to be comfortable and hang with people like them. Every side just wants to throw rocks at the other side and be defensive. Kingdom people know who they are in God and then choose into the suffering of humility, of striving for unity. Kingdom people know that the journey will be filled with suffering and so seek out the toughness of Jesus, who endured the cross to build unity with us. Well, you know, as I sat in that room, as a USC pastor dealing with my internal battle of reacting to these African-American students and their honest sharing, you can imagine my surprise when all of a sudden, they turned to me and they said, "Hey, will you help us build a ministry "to black students on this campus?" We have a heart to see our people love Jesus, but we know that they need something that is culturally friendly to start with. And then after time, with Jesus, we would love to be a bridge for them into the larger multi-ethnic family. I was totally shocked, and I said, "No, I don't think I could do that, "but I will pray and seek out a black leader, "a black pastor to help you with that vision." And so I just left it. Things got awkward, things got a little bit real, and so what do I do that we all do? I just was like, "No thank you, "I'm gonna stay in what is comfortable." Well the school year ended and I had moved on from the whole issue and I entered into the summer. So I visited a bookstore to get some summer reading and to this day, I cannot explain how I walked out with a biography of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. It was a total Holy Spirit moment because as I read this book, unlike anything else except for moments I've had in the Bible, there would be moments as I'm reading this book, when all of a sudden I would find myself on the floor weeping, just crying out, mourning for the black experience in our country, for the racial chaos in our country. Over and over again, I would be hammered with the heart of God. It was like I was trying to get away from this and be in comfort, and God was like, "No, no, no, I'm in chaos, "I'm pulling you into my heart." When I finally finished the book, I called up these three students. I said, "Hey, if you'll still have me, I'm in." So we enter the year, ready to build a ministry. Now there was a section of campus that the majority of the black students would hang, so we started going there to build friendships and to start a bible study. Now I was totally naive. I thought because that the Holy Spirit hit me in the reading of this book over the summer, that it was a done deal and it was just gonna be just fun and let's go, right? And so I was totally shocked when I hit a brick wall. There was a total lack of openness from this section of the campus and this African-American community to meet, just simply to have a friendship with me, let alone to come to a bible study. There were times when students would outright just insult me racially and tell me to leave. The three students that I started with, they always seemed to scatter when we would go on the campus, I could never find them. And again, this just started to throw me into this confused mess. I started to think, "Man, maybe I did hear God wrong "and I'm just being crazy." At the end of the first semester, there was nothing at all. And so me and the three students were having a meeting to figure out what to do when finally, one of the young men just lets out his anger, and he says, "I don't know what I was thinking, this was a mistake. "No white pastor is going to be able "to build this ministry. "I'm done and I'm out." I didn't say anything, most of me was like, "Yep, I agree." And that's how the meeting ended. They left on that note. As I went to bed that night, something wouldn't leave my heart. Part of me said, "Yeah, we're done!" But something wouldn't leave my heart. I couldn't sleep, I wrestled with God and the next morning, I made a phone call. Now, God had provided for me a black pastor, an older man who was a mentor for me in this season. And he is an amazing man. You see, I was young, the students were young. We were dealing with intense issues that were very difficult. So the next day, I call up this man, my mentor, African-American pastor. And this man has been through the wars as he's led his African American church into unity in a society that is very difficult to do that in. And you know what? When I got done sharing, he laughed. He laughed and then he got real serious. He told me exactly what I needed to do, and when he was all done, I said, "No way, I'm not doing that." And then he said this, he said, "Chris, you can either be a coward, "or you can really start building unity." And now if you're gonna call me a coward, then I'll do it, okay? You can call that out. I want to be a Christian and I want to be a courageous Christian. So he prayed for me, I called up this young man, these students, and we met again that day. And I was, as they came into the room, I was shaking. I was shaking. I took this deep breath and I said, "Hey, I've been thinking and praying "a lot about what was said yesterday "and I have two things I want to say right now. "First, I want to apologize for being so naive, "for not being enough of a learner from you "about all the nuances and all of this, "of all the difficult dynamics that me being white causes. "Not only to just start this ministry, "but just simply to be your friend "in the midst of this campus. "I'm committed to you. "First you are my friend and I'm committed "to learning from you and being real with you, "which leads me to my next point. "You are wrong that God cannot use a white guy. "What if I lived during Martin Luther King, Jr's life "and he came preaching to my white church? "Would it be right of me, after he was done, "to go up to him and say, 'Hey that's a really great message "of reconciliation but I'm gonna wait for a white pastor "to come, and then I'll follow him?' "Now I know I'm young and I got a lot to learn, "but God has called me into this for both sides. "We all need some healing and I realize "I'm not going anywhere. "You make your choice, but I'm gonna persevere in love." This young man, when I was all done, I was like waiting for it, and he looked at me and all of a sudden, "Man you are right. "I am sorry, man." And he just gives me this big, long hug. And something happened right there in the spiritual realm. Just with the three of us, the four of us. Things started to change on campus and a year later, we had this thriving ministry. We had this awesome student leadership team. Tons of students were around, tons of students were giving their lives to Jesus. Now, and I wasn't the main leader because there is difference. I could not speak into all of the experiences, African-Americans, and so I had to know my place, but I was part of the leadership team, as I was a bridge towards unity. You see, only I could have real conversations with African-American students about their experiences with white America that would lead to healing. I had a few students tell me that I was the first white man that they'd ever trusted. And while I was shocked at this, I cried a lot with these new friends, telling them that I, too, was experiencing a very first in the depth and real family-like trusting relationships that I was having with a very different culture. It was a mutual deal. After two years of striving for unity, two years of difficult, painful, sometimes angry conversations of reconciliation, 160 students were together for a year end retreat. It was about as diverse of a group as I had been around. I mean, you had the students from our African-American ministry, of course you had the white students, and you had different Asian-American students, Chinese-American, Korean-American, Japanese-American, then you had a whole contingency of international students, and then you had some Latino brothers and sisters. And we were together for a whole week in the scripture and doing life together, and on the last night, the students from the black ministry surprised the whole group with a dance party. They spread out throughout the whole group and were teaching dance moves, pulling people off the wall. And then eventually, they turned it over and demanded that other cultures get their music on and teach their dance moves. It was unbelievable. We were doing Latin salsa, country line dancing, hip-hop, I mean it was a crazy deal. Now look, I do not like dancing at all unless it's slow jams with my beautiful wife, alright? But I was right there. I was right there sweating it out, biting my lower lip, just enjoying the party. When it finally ended, there were so many hugs and so many tears because of the whole year and then this intense week where we had been striving for unity, and the searing picture in my brain is watching a woman, an international student from China, five feet tall, English as a second language, walk up to the six foot three African-American brother that she had gotten to know over the year but then was in the same small group during this weeklong conference with tears in her eyes and say, "I want to apologize. "My whole life in China, I was taught that black men, "you should be afraid of them. "And I just wanted to apologize for the stereotypes "of my people, and for me. "And I want to say that because of your willingness "to have a friendship with me, "I am no longer afraid of black men. "I love you, and you are now "what I understand to be black men to be." And this six foot three guy started to tear up, we're all starting to cry, and next thing you know, he grabs her and hugs her so tight, he's picking her up off the ground. Two years of striving produced that kingdom moment. That appetizer of what heaven will be like. Building unity, okay, is not just eating different ethnic foods, being a tourist, to go and have a little ethnic experience, reading books, watching movies, and learning all the correct paradigms of speaking and thinking. Building unity is like building a blood family. It is persevering, difficult at times, grinding it out at times, covenant kind of relationships where you can't always have your comforts, you can't always have your particular worship songs, or your style of humor, where sacrifice and putting others' interests are required. Building unity is centered on kingdom toughness, on seeking Jesus for some good old fashioned spiritual grit. Can I just emphasize that as long as we center our churches on polish and production, and happy inspiration, and copying the quote on quote, excellence of our society, we will never be worthy of the gospel because we will never, ever, get anywhere close to the pain of society and be a light to that pain. There needs to be more drama in our communities of faith. There needs to be the kind of tension and rawness, and conflict that the early churches dealt with. We need the spirit of God. We need to get to a place in our churches where we don't have enough, and we need the spirit of Jesus, the spirit of long suffering to be the kind of people who stay in the game with building unity. It starts first with humility, giving grace to ourselves and then to each other. I say this all the time, but why do we extend grace upon grace to those among us who are struggling with lust, or fear, or anxiety, but as soon as someone says the wrong thing racially, or as soon as someone grumbles about differences, we slap a label on them and isolate them? Where is the grace to persevere in this area? Both sides, all sides, need to do a check on themselves about the kind of grace they're willing to extend to the other. We need to become desperate for spiritual toughness because the world is desperate for something real. People are not looking for more movies to transform this broken society, or more summits, or more book projects, or more movements or more soundbites. People are looking for something real. They're looking for lives and relationships, and communities that look radically different, who've truly been changed, who have real relationships and are actively building unity. It has always been the case, and it will always be the case that the incarnation is the catalyst to real change. Jesus actually, not sending messages and movies from heaven but putting on flesh and walking amongst us. And so that is always the path that we must follow. It is that incarnation, that conviction that we will follow Jesus away from easy, short, pithy soundbite views of unity into the long road of persevering suffering that will display genuine salvation and give God great glory and pleasure. We don't need new movements, or new ideas. We have the ideas crystallized in the scripture. We just need to conquer our fears and courageously trust Jesus as we follow him down a road that is tough, but that ends with incredible dance parties, incredible relationships, and an incredible shining light into the pain of this world. - [Voiceover] We hope you enjoyed this message. Biola University offers a variety of biblically centered degree programs ranging from business to ministry, to the arts and sciences. Learn more at Biola.edu.

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Early years

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

Scottsdale CC

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

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 second in NCAA history in yardage.[2]

College statistics

Passing
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

San Francisco 49ers

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 longtime San Francisco quarterback Jeff Garcia. When Garcia was released from the team, largely due to salary cap constraints,[3] Rattay was given the starting job. He won 2 of 3 games in 2003, throwing 7 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions, before getting injured. From 2004–2005 he went 2–11 playing for the 49ers.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On October 18, 2005, Rattay was acquired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 6th round 2006 NFL Draft pick from the San Francisco 49ers. This trade has been criticized by many, including former NFL quarterback Terry Bradshaw.[4]

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 coach Jon Gruden to name Rattay as the team's third different starting quarterback in the 2006 season.

Tennessee Titans

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.[5] 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

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.[6] 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.[7]

Las Vegas Locomotives

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.[8]

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

Career achievements

  • 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.[9]
  • 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.[10]
  • 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.[11]

Coaching career

Las Vegas Locomotives

Following his retirement, Rattay joined the Locomotives coaching staff as wide receivers coach on July 18, 2011.[12]

Louisiana Tech

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

Washington Redskins

On February 8, 2019, Rattay joined the Washington Redskins staff as quarterbacks coach.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 24, 2007. Retrieved June 10, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ ESPN.com March 2nd, 2004
  4. ^ News-Star Sports blog April 2nd, 2007
  5. ^ NFL.com - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Team News
  6. ^ nytimes.com "Brady Done for Season, Patriots Announce" September 8, 2008
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ [3]
  9. ^ [4]
  10. ^ "Tim Rattay's 2007 stats"
  11. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/200612170chi.htm
  12. ^ "Rattay Retires from Playing, Joins Locomotives on the Sideline". OurSports Central. July 18, 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2011.

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