Hall of Fame

Tim Rattay

Tim Rattay was Louisiana Tech's "Diamond in the Rough." While the rest of the Division 1 college football nation spurned the undersized Rattay coming out of high school and again after a one-year stint at Scottsdale Community College, Louisiana Tech signed him. At only 6-foot, 200-pounds, Rattay's abilities as a big-time college quarterback were questioned by the so-called experts. However, what those people couldn't measure was Rattay's uncanny ability to dissect defenses, his incredible accuracy and the size of his heart. Fortunately for Louisiana Tech fans, Rattay competed and played for the Bulldogs for three seasons from 1997 through 1999. When he left, he had shattered the Tech record books and put quite a dent in the NCAA ones. After red-shirting his first year at Tech, Rattay exploded onto the college football scene in 1998, passing for 358 yards and three scores while leading Tech to a 30-23 win over Bowling Green in his Tech debut. It was just a sign of things to come. However, Rattay wasn't just posting impressive numbers, he led Tech to big wins in his first year, including a 41-34 victory over Cal and a 26-20 win at Alabama as the Bulldogs finished the season 9-2. Ironically, perhaps the finest performance of Rattay's career came in a loss. In 1998 season opener, Rattay combine with Troy Edwards to embarrass the defending National Champion Nebraska Cornhusker's defense as he passed for 590 yards and four scores in the inaugural Eddie Robinson Classic in Lincoln. The two-time NCAA total offence leader ended his Bulldog career owning every school passing record. At the time of his graduation, Rattay ranked No. 2 in NCAA history in total offence (12,618), No. 2 in career passing touchdowns (115) and No. 2 in career passing yards boggling. He still owns the NCAA record for career yards per game at 382.4, more than 60 yards per game more than the next closest competitor. Following his Tech career, Rattay was selected in the seventh round of the 1999 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers and has had a productive sever year career, once again silencing his critics.