One of Louisiana Tech's most devoted fans, friends, and benefactors passes away Wednesday
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"Tim brings a vast experience around the game of football," Skip Holtz said. "His father was a high school coach so he grew up around the game. He was a college player and then played 10 years professionally and has had the opportunity to coach at the professional level the last few years. He is a Louisiana Tech guy; this is his school, this is where he played and this is where he wanted to be. I am really excited we have the opportunity to give him the chance to get into college coaching at his home at Louisiana Tech."
In just his second season, Rattay helped lead the Bulldogs to a Conference USA West Division title and the 2014 Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl championship following a 35-18 win over Illinois at the Cotton Bowl. LA Tech ended the season 9-5 and Rattay helped the Bulldogs to a No. 13 ranking nationally in scoring offense, while Tech was also fifth in the country in most improved scoring offense with 37.4 points per game in 2014.
Rattay joined the LA Tech staff after spending the prior two seasons as the wide receivers coach for the United Football League's (UFL) Las Vegas Locomotives. He is a member of the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame as he was enshrined as part of the Class of 2007.
"I am super excited to get back to Louisiana Tech," Rattay said. "It is a place that has given me so much and it is a program on the rise. So many good things have happened to Tech in the last 10 years and there are a lot of good things still to come for Louisiana Tech Football. I am just glad to be a part of it and I want to thank Skip Holtz for the opportunity to come back home."
Rattay returns to his alma mater where he rewrote the Louisiana Tech record books while permanently etching his name in the NCAA record books during his three-year career with the Bulldogs from 1997 through 1999. Spurned by most Division I programs due to his undersized stature, Rattay possessed an uncanny ability to dissect defenses with his pin-point accuracy and exploded onto the national scene in 1997 as he passed for 358 yards and three scores in the Bulldogs 30-23 win over Bowling Green.
It was just the beginning of a three-year run in Ruston that saw Rattay earn two NCAA Total Offense titles while passing for 12,746 yards and 115 touchdowns. His collegiate career ended with him owning every LA Tech passing and total offense record while ranking No. 2 in NCAA history in total offense (12,618), No. 2 in passing touchdowns and No. 2 in passing yards.
While the Phoenix, Arizona native led Tech to 23 wins, including memorable victories over Alabama (twice) and California, arguably his biggest moment came when he combined 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 1998.
Following his collegiate career, the All-American was selected in the seventh round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers where he spent eight years in the league with the 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals before retiring from the NFL in 2007.
During his NFL career, Rattay recorded a number of impressive performances, including breaking the 49ers single game completions record with 38 in a 31-28 win over the Arizona Cardinals in 2004 (Joe Montana held the previous mark with 37). He also became the only player in NFL history to throw three consecutive passes all going for touchdowns, a feat he accomplished while with the Cardinals in 2007.
He led the Buccaneers to the franchises biggest comeback ever. Trailing eventual NFC champion Chicago by 21 points in the third quarter on Dec. 17, 2006, he tossed three fourth quarter touchdowns to send the game into overtime where the Bears eventually won 34-31.
Rattay is also one of only three 7th-round or undrafted quarterback since 1995 to pass for more than 400 yards in a game, joining Matt Cassel and Tony Romo.
Following the completion of his NFL career, Rattay spent two seasons playing for the UFL's Locomotives where he served as the backup in 2010 and the starter in 2011 before suffering a season-ending injury.
In 2012 Rattay spent the year as the wide receivers coach for the franchise.
Rattay earned his bachelor's degree from Louisiana Tech in 2001.
He is married to the former Allison Walker, who was a Louisiana Tech volleyball player during her college days. The couple has three kids: Riley, Taylor and Sloane.
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