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Terry Hanratty : biography

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Terrence Hugh "Terry" Hanratty (born January 19, 1948) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League during the 1960s and 1970s. He earned two Super Bowl rings as the backup quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

College career

Hanratty attended St. Paul Catholic School and Butler Senior High School in Western Pennsylvania, before attending the University of Notre Dame where he was a three-year starter and twice an All-American, as well as a Heisman Trophy candidate.http://www.und.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/hanratty_terry00.html Hanratty and Jim Seymour formed a passing/receiving duo leading Notre Dame to the national championship in 1966. Hanratty would also be teammates and friends with halfback Rocky Bleier at Notre Dame before the two were teammates in Pittsburgh.

Professional career

In 1969, Hanratty was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Steelers' new head coach, Chuck Noll, and was the starting quarterback for a short time before losing the job to the Steelers' No. 1 1970 overall draft pick Terry Bradshaw. Hanratty would be the last Pittsburgh-area native to start a game at quarteback for the Steelers, until current backup and Homestead native Charlie Batch would fill in for an injured Ben Roethlisberger for two games during the team's Super Bowl-winning season in 2005. Hanratty suited up for Super Bowl IX, but did not see action. However, he did play in Super Bowl X in what turned out to be his last game as a Steeler.

After that season, Hanratty was selected in the 1976 expansion draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the only team to lose all their games at the time. As the backup quarterback to Steve Spurrier, Hanratty made a handful of appearances, and his sole start came in Week 13 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. This would be Hanratty's final season in the NFL before retiring.

He finished his career with 2,510 passing yards, 24 touchdown passes, and 35 interceptions.http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/H/HanrTe00.htm He completed 38 percent of his pass attempts, which led to an overall quarterback rating of 43.0.

Post-football career

Following his retirement from football, Hanratty worked as a stock broker for many years. He is now retired from his second career, spending time with his family and coaching his daughter's championship softball team. Hanratty was on hand to see Brady Quinn break his record for passing touchdowns.

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