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Chat Reel: Tim Rattay

La. Tech QB looks to be next Joe Montana

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Posted: Thursday April 13, 2000 10:23 PM

  Tim Rattay Quarterback Tim Rattay wouldn't mind a reunion with his former La. Tech head coach Gary Crowton in Chicago. Scott Halleran/Allsport

CNNSI Host: Welcome to today's NFL Draft chat with Tim Rattay. Hi Tim. Thanks for joining us.
Tim Rattay: Thanks for having me. I'm glad to be here.

From Chad in Knoxville: Where would you like to go in the NFL Draft? Would you like to go to Chicago and get back with your old coach Gary Crowton?
Tim Rattay: Playing in the NFL is a dream situation so I don't think it matters where I go. Anywhere would be great. It would be fun to get back with coach Crowton. He's a great friend and a great coach, so it would definitely be fun to go there.

From John in Mich.: Your father was the football coach at my high school in Ohio in the '70s and '80s and was an absolute genius. How instrumental was he in your and your brother's development as football players?
Tim Rattay: I think a lot. I still remember going to the gyms in Ohio and being around the players ever since I could walk. I think me Dad is very smart in the game. He's won three state championships out in Arizona. He's just a great role model, and a great father.

From Guest: What have you been doing to calm your nerves this week?
Tim Rattay: I've been playing a lot of golf. I'm playing again tomorrow and maybe a little bit Saturday. I came home to Phoenix today, so I'll be with my family and just hang out with them.

From John in Ariz.: How well do you think your brother will do next year at Tennessee? Would you like to play for the Titans?
Tim Rattay: I think he's going to do real well at Tennessee. He's still young and there's a lot to learn. He works hard, he such a good kid, so I think he'll do real well. The Titans made the Super Bowl last year. They are focused on winning, so I think it would be excellent to go there.

From Chris In Mich.: Tim, how would you like to go to Pittsburgh, who desperately needs a QB, and be reunited with Troy Edwards?
Tim Rattay: It would definitely be fun to get back and play with Troy because he's such a dynamic receiver and a good person. The amount of work that we have done together is amazing. I almost feel like I know where he's going to be at all times. That would be good to go into a situation where there's a guy that you've thrown with forever. So I think that would be a great opportunity.

From Guest: What are your plans on Saturday as you wait for that big call? Who will be with you?
Tim Rattay: I'll be with my family. My aunt is coming in, and my older brother.

Dan in Ga.: What type of team will most compliment your style of play? What type of QB would you like to play under? A McNair scrambler or Kurt Warner pocket passer?
Tim Rattay: I think I'll be more of a pocket kind of guy. I work hard on just having good enough feet to move around a little bit. I don't have the straight speed of McNair. Any system would be good. When you get drafted by a team you want to go in and start studying that system to try to learn it and get accustomed to it.

From Brandon in La.: Do you think the competition factor will come into play in your draft status, even though many small-school athletes have looked impressive in the NFL, such as Shaun King?
Tim Rattay: I think when you go in the NFL the speed is so much different. I don't care where you come from. At Tech we played Florida State, Nebraska, Alabama -- so in terms of competition, we played some of the best. I think I've seen the best in college. Obviously, I'll have the normal adjusting that everybody goes through.

From David In La.: Tim - I am a fellow bulldog and I think too much attention has been given to your arm strength. I have seen you play and I think you can play in the NFL. What have you done in the offseason to strengthen your arm and to hush the critics?
Tim Rattay: I worked out a lot, and put on about eight pounds since the end of the season. My arm strength has got a lot better since the end of the season. I think that it's very important to improve every year.

From Guest: Any thoughts of playing with the Saints and be near La. Tech.? How would you fit in their system.
Tim Rattay: It would be really fun to play for the Saints. I'd be only 4 1/2 hours away from Tech. I enjoy the people up there. I haven't studied their system a lot, but it would be great to play for the Saints.

From Guest: What system do you think you could impact immediately?
Tim Rattay: I don't know. A lot of people say the West Coast style. But to be honest with you, I haven't even studied that very much. The Bears system with coach Crowton, I know very well. That'd be the one system that I could go into and develop faster than in any other.

From Guest: Do you think you can be an impact player your first year or will it take a while as you learn the system of the team you go to?
Tim Rattay: I don't know. You see guys like Shaun King do really well his first year. The main thing for me is to go into camp and get the playbook and try to learn the offense as fast as I can. Then it's just a matter of getting reps and getting chance after that. So the main thing is to go in there and learn as much as possible as soon as possible.

From Guest: What teams have contacted you and who has had you for a visit? The 49ers had me up for a visit last week. The Steelers, the Redskins, the Panthers and the Seahawks have all called for my draft day number and to make sure that I'm still healthy.

From Brad in La.: What players did you idolize as a kid?
Tim Rattay: Joe Montana. He was a guy that I always loved to watch and I always thought was clutch in the 4th quarter. He didn't have the greatest size, but he was able to get away from the rush. He was just an awesome quarterback.

CNNSI Host: That's all the time we have for today. Thanks for joining us, Tim. Good Luck in the NFL Draft.
Tim Rattay: Thanks a lot. Thanks for having me on, and thanks for everybody for writing in.

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