Arnaz Battle

Arnaz Jerome Battle (born February 22, 1980)[1] is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Notre Dame. Battle also played for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is the son of former NFL tight end Ron Battle.

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Battle with the 49ers in November 2009
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Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born:February 22, 1980 (age 39)
Shreveport, Louisiana
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school:Shreveport (LA) C. E. Byrd
College:Notre Dame
NFL Draft:2003 / Round: 6 / Pick: 197
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:2,150
Rushing attempts:22
Rushing yards:77
Return yards:887
Total touchdowns:13
Player stats at

Early years

When Arnaz was nine years old, Brandon, his younger brother died in a tragic drowning accident. On his upper left arm appears a tattoo of his late brother's face. He prepped at C. E. Byrd High School, where he finished with 5,137 total yards and rushed for 49 career touchdowns while throwing for 28 more and scored one touchdown on a kickoff return. He was a Parade All-America selection and was rated 39th-best player nationally by The Sporting News and 52nd-best player by Chicago Sun-Times. A USA Today honorable mention All-America and third-team All-South quarterback by Fox Sports South.

College career

Battle played quarterback for the University of Notre Dame in his first two seasons, and was named the starting quarterback in 2000. However, against #1 Nebraska in the second game of the year, Battle suffered a broken wrist on the first play from scrimmage and was forced to sit out the remainder of the season.[2] The following year, he was converted to wide receiver, because of his great speed and running ability. He tallied 53 receptions for 742 yards (14.0 avg.) and five touchdowns, adding 314 yards and one touchdown on 62 carries in career. He was an All-America honorable mention and All-Independent first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report, following his senior season at the University of Notre Dame. He saw time at quarterback and completed 30-of-69 passes for 438 yards and two touchdowns. He added academic honors, while maintaining a 3.2 grade point average and majored in sociology and computer applications.

Professional career

San Francisco 49ers

In 2003, he saw action in eight games and recorded two carries for 14 yards to go along with eight tackles and two fumble recoveries on special teams before finishing season on injured reserve with left toe injury.

In 2004, he saw action in 14 games and registered career-highs in punt returns (31), punt return yards (266), kickoff returns (13), kickoff return yards (257) and special teams tackles (16). He was Inactive for the final two contests of the season with a thigh injury. He returned a career-long 71-yard punt return for a touchdown vs. the Arizona Cardinals.

In 2005, he played in 10 games with eight starts and tallied 32 receptions for 363 yards with three touchdowns. He was inactive for six contests due to a knee injury. He led the team in receiving with five receptions for 59 yards and recorded his first career touchdown on a six-yard pass from QB Tim Rattay vs. the St. Louis Rams. He also completed his first career pass on a 24-yard connection to WR Brandon Lloyd followed by his second career completion later in quarter with a three-yard shovel pass to RB Frank Gore.

In 2006, he played in 16 games with 15 starts and ranked second on the team with career-highs of 59 receptions and 686 receiving yards. He was the only receiver in the NFL with 40 or more catches and no dropped passes. He caught four passes for 37 yards and two tough, short-yardage touchdowns vs. the Oakland Raiders, marking his first career multi-touchdown receiving game. He also hauled in five receptions for 97 yards against the Seattle Seahawks, and added one carry for a career-long 18 yards.

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Arnaz Battle at the September 7, 2008 game versus the Arizona Cardinals.

In 2007, he played in 16 games with 15 starts, posting 50 catches for a team-high 600 yards while setting career-highs in touchdown receptions (five) and total touchdowns (six). He was also named as the captain of all of the wide receivers. In the season opener on Monday Night Football against Arizona, he caught a team-high five receptions for 60 yards, while also scoring the go-ahead score on his first career rushing touchdown, a one-yard end around with 22 seconds remaining to give the 49ers a 20-17 victory. He caught a 57-yard touchdown at Arizona, the 49ers’ longest play from scrimmage in 2007. It marked the second longest reception of his career behind a 65-yarder he had from Tim Rattay vs. the Dallas Cowboys. He played, but did not start due to an ankle injury suffered against the Minnesota Vikings and caught two passes for 13 yards with one touchdown. His touchdown catch came in the third quarter on QB Shaun Hill's first career touchdown pass.

Battle logged his first 100-yard game with a 120-yard performance during Week 4 of the 2008 season. He was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a foot injury on December 13, 2008. He finished the 2008 season with 24 catches for 318 yards.

In 2009 finished with 5 catches for 40 yards and help in Special Teams.

Pittsburgh Steelers

On March 8, 2010, Battle signed a three-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers worth $3.975 million with $975,000 to sign; He did not have a reception during his first season, but was a standout on special teams. The next year, he was named team captain for special teams. The Steelers released Battle on February 8, 2012.


His father, Ron Battle, played football at North Texas and then as a tight end for two seasons with the Los Angeles Rams. Arnaz is married to Billye Nelson Battle. They have four children.


  1. ^ "Arnaz Battle Stats". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
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2000 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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2001 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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2002 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

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2003 San Francisco 49ers season

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The team entered their 2003 season attempting to improve upon their 10–6 output from the previous year.

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Head coach Dennis Erickson was fired after the season.

The season marked changes for the 49ers, who lost three key members of the 2001 team: Quarterback Jeff Garcia was released in the off-season and later signed with the Cleveland Browns, running back Garrison Hearst went to the Denver Broncos, and controversial wide receiver Terrell Owens went to the Philadelphia Eagles, where they lost to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

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2007 Arizona Cardinals season

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Battle (surname)

Battle or Battles are surnames that may refer to:

Albrey Battle (born 1976), American football player

Allen Battle (born 1968), American baseball player

Arnaz Battle (born 1980), American football player

Ashley Battle (born 1982), American basketball player

Cliff Battles (1910–1981), American football player

Cormac Battle (born 1972), Irish musician and radio presenter

Edgar Battle (born 1907), American jazz performer, composer and arranger

Greg Battle (born 1964), Canadian football player

Helen Battle (1903–1994), Canadian marine biologist

Hinton Battle (born 1956), American actor, dancer, and dance instructor

Howard Battle (born 1972), American baseball player

Jackie Battle (born 1983), American football player

Jim Battle (1901–1965), American baseball player

John Battle (basketball) (born 1962), American basketball player

John Battle (politician) (born 1951), British politician

John S. Battle (1890–1972), American politician and Governor of Virginia

Jose Miguel Battle, Sr. (1929–2007), American mobster

Kathleen Battle (born 1948), American soprano

Kemp P. Battle (1831–1919), American politician and historian

Kenny Battle (born 1964), American basketball player

Lee Battle (born 1987), British actor

Lucius D. Battle (1918–2008), American diplomat

Mike Battle (born 1946), American football player

Pat Battle (born 1959), American television journalist

Simone Battle (1989–2014), American actress and singer

Tara Cross-Battle (born 1968), American volleyball player

Texas Battle (born 1980), American actor

Tyus Battle (born 1997), American basketball player

Vincent M. Battle (born 1940), American diplomat

William C. Battle (1920–2008), American diplomat

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List of people from Shreveport, Louisiana

A list of notable people from Shreveport, Louisiana includes:

Evelyn Ashford, winner of sprint gold medals at the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympics

Ransom Ashley, actor and photographer

Douglas F. Attaway (1910–1994), publisher of defunct Shreveport Journal 1957–1976 and former owner of CBS affiliate KSLA-TV

K. D. Aubert, actress and former fashion model

Kevyn Aucoin, makeup artist and photographer

Alan Autry, actor, football player and politician

Scott Baker, Major League Baseball pitcher

Arnaz Battle, Notre Dame and NFL player

Jerry Beach (1941–2016), blues guitarist, Grammy nominee

Ron Bean (1938–2005), state senator and former helicopter pilot for President Richard M. Nixon

Harriet Belchic (1928–1999), Republican activist, first woman to receive bachelor's and master's degree in geology from LSU

Albert Belle, Major League Baseball outfielder, 5-time All-Star

Brady Blade, musician and entrepreneur

C. J. Bolin (1924–2007), state district judge in Caddo Parish

John David Booty, Evangel Academy, USC and Houston Texans quarterback

Josh Booty, Evangel Academy, NFL quarterback and MLB third baseman

Abram Booty, Evangel Academy, LSU Wide Receiver and Josh Booty's brother

Betsy Vogel Boze, president and CEO, College of The Bahamas

John Boozman, U.S. Senator from Arkansas

Terry Bradshaw, Hall of Fame quarterback (4-time Super Bowl winner for Pittsburgh Steelers) and TV commentator

Tim Brando (born 1956), radio and CBS sportscaster

Kix Brooks, country musician (Brooks & Dunn)

Algie D. Brown (1910–2004), attorney and state representative from 1948–1972

Raleigh Brown, Texas House of Representatives and judge

Roy Brun, district judge and former Republican state legislator

James Burton, guitarist

Bryan Edward Bush, Jr. (1934–2010), East Baton Rouge Parish district attorney, 1985–1989

Charles C. "Hondo" Campbell (1948–2016), 17th Commanding General, U.S. Army Forces Command; last surviving general who fought in Vietnam

John Campbell, Blues guitarist

Barney Cannon (1955–2009), Country music deejay on KWKH radio

Pat Carroll (born 1927), stage, film and television actress, voiced Disney's Ursula

Cecil K. Carter, Jr. (1929–1987), politician

Hurricane Chris, rapper

Van Cliburn (1934–2013), concert pianist

Johnnie Cochran (1937–2005), criminal defense attorney for O. J. Simpson

Charlie Cook, author of The Cook Political Report; graduated from Captain Shreve High School, class of 1972

Kyle Craft, singer-songwriter and musician; former member of the indie rock band Gashcat

Rodricus Crawford, convicted in 2013 for murdering year-old son in Shreveport

Keyunta Dawson, Evangel Academy, New Orleans Saints football player

George W. D'Artois (1925–1977), public safety commissioner

Jackson B. Davis (1918-2016), attorney and state senator (1956–1980)

Jordan Davis, singer

Wendell Davis, American football player, WR Fairpark HS, LSU, 1st round pick Chicago Bears 1988-95

Kenny Davidson, American football player, DE, Huntington HS, LSU, NFL Steelers, Oilers, Bengals 1990-1996

Chi Chi DeVayne (born 1985), drag queen and entertainer, contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race season 8 (Where they placed 4th) as well as the third season of "RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars" (Where they were the fourth eliminated queen, placing 6th).

Monroe E. Dodd (1878–1952), pastor of First Baptist Church of Shreveport, 1912–1950; pioneer radio minister; founder of Dodd College for Girls

Forrest Dunn (born 1928), state legislator and director of the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum in Shreveport

D.L. Dykes, Jr. (1917–1997), former pastor of First United Methodist Church in Shreveport, 1955–1984

Pap Dean (1915–2011), cartoonist for The Shreveport Times

David Egan (1954–2016), musician

Chris Elrod, Christian comedian and writer

John D. Ewing, publisher of Shreveport Times, radio station owner

Robert Ewing, publisher of Shreveport Times

Clyde Fant (1905–1973), mayor of Shreveport from 1946–1954 and 1958–1970

Joe Ferguson, football quarterback, Woodlawn High, Arkansas Razorbacks and NFL

Eddie Fisher (born 1936), baseball pitcher, 1959-1973

J. Howell Flournoy (1891–1966), Caddo Parish sheriff from 1940–1966

John McWilliams Ford (1880–1965), former mayor (1918–1922) and finance commissioner (1930–1965)

Frank Fulco (1907–1999), state representative from 1956–1972 and leader of Italian American community in Louisiana

James C. Gardner (1924–2010), mayor of Shreveport, 1954–1958

Davidson Garrett (born 1952 in Shreveport), actor/poet a.k.a. King Lear of the Taxi

Billy Guin, public utilities commissioner, 1977–1978; Caddo Parish School Board 1964–1970; pioneer of Republican Party in parish

Don Hathaway, public works commissioner, 1970–1978; sheriff of Caddo Parish 1980–2000

Lloyd Hendrick (1908–1951), state senator for Caddo and DeSoto parishes, 1940–1948; Shreveport attorney

Charlie Hennigan, football player for Houston Oilers

Jacob Hester, Evangel Academy, San Diego Chargers football player

Morley A. Hudson (1917–2001), state representative, pioneer of Republican Party in Caddo Parish

Hubert D. Humphreys (1923–2009), historian

John S. Hunt, II (1928–2001), Monroe attorney, Ruston native, member of Louisiana Public Service Commission, 1964–1972; resided in Shreveport

Hurricane Chris, rapper

Antawn Jamison, professional basketball player, 1998-2014

J. Bennett Johnston Jr., U.S. senator for Louisiana

Bill Joyce, children's author

Bill P. Keith, former state senator from Caddo Parish, author in Longview

Huddie William Ledbetter ('Leadbelly'), blues guitarist and singer

David Allen Lee, punter for Baltimore Colts, 1966–1978

Lloyd E. Lenard (1922–2008), Caddo Parish commissioner, businessman, author, pioneer of Republican Party in Louisiana

Jim Leslie (1937–1976), Shreveport journalist and public relations specialist, assassinated in Baton Rouge

Russell B. Long, U.S. Senator for Louisiana

Joshua Logan (1908–1988), Broadway director of South Pacific and Mister Roberts, born in Texarkana, Texas, but reared in Shreveport

Charlton Lyons (1894–1973), Republican gubernatorial nominee in 1964 and congressional candidate in 1961; Republican state chairman, 1964–1968

Hall Lyons (1923–1998), Republican congressional candidate from Lafayette in 1966 and American Party nominee for U.S. Senate in 1972; Shreveport native, died in Jefferson Parish; son of Charlton Lyons

Susybelle Lyons (1923–2007), socialite and philanthropist, daughter-in-law of Charlton H. Lyons, Sr.

Max T. Malone, Republican state senator and businessman

Judi Ann Mason, film and television writer

Billy McCormack (1928–2012), Shreveport Baptist pastor and founding director of Christian Coalition of America

Jim McCrery, Congressman from Fourth District (R)

P.J. Mills, state representative, banker, businessman (D)

Danny Ray Mitchell, state representatives

Paul Mooney, comedian

Randle T. Moore (1874–1957), banker, lumberman

Cecil Morgan (1898–1999), state legislator, led impeachment of Huey Pierce Long, Jr., in 1929; later Standard Oil Company executive

Taylor W. O'Hearn (1907–1997), state legislator and pioneer of Republican Party in Caddo Parish

Bob Oliver, Major League Baseball player, 1965-1975

B.F. O'Neal, Jr. (1922–2004), state legislator and pioneer of Republican Party in Caddo Parish

Tricia O'Neil, actress

James George Palmer (1875–1952) Mayor of Shreveport, 1930–1932

Mitchell Parish, lyricist for "Stardust", "Sleigh Ride" and "Stars Fell on Alabama"

Robert Parish (born 1953), basketball Hall of Famer, Centenary College and NBA

Louis Pendleton (1931–2007) dentist and civil rights activist

Rupert R. Peyton (1899–1982), state representative (1932–1936) and journalist-historian

Chase Pittman (1994-current), played college football at LSU and in the NFL for several years.

Jerry Pournelle, essayist, journalist and science fiction author

Robert G. Pugh (1924–2007), attorney, civic leader, gubernatorial advisor

Michael Qualls (born 1994), basketball player for Hapoel Gilboa Galil of the Israeli Basketball Premier League

Kevin Rahm, actor

Claibe Richardson, guitarist and songwriter

Norman L. Richardson (1935–1999), Shreveport Times journalist known for coverage of hurricanes

Buddy Roemer (born 1943), former Governor of Louisiana

Brittney Rogers, Miss Louisiana USA 2003

Jeffrey D. Sadow (born 1962), political scientist, columnist, professor at Louisiana State University in Shreveport

David B. Samuel (1874–1937), state representative and longtime Shreveport city judge (1916–1937)

Jean Oliver Sartor (1919–2007), artist influential in establishment of Barnwell Center in Shreveport

George W. Shannon (1914–1998), former editor of defunct Shreveport Journal

Virginia Kilpatrick Shehee (1923–2015), businesswoman and Louisiana state senator, 1976–1980

Kenny Wayne Shepherd, blues guitarist

Phil Short (born 1947), state senator for St. Tammany Parish

Andy Sidaris (1931–2007), Hollywood film producer, director, actor, and screenwriter

Art Sour (1924–2000), state legislator and pioneer of Republican Party in Caddo Parish

Freddie Spencer (born 1961), Grand Prix motorcycle champion, won 250cc and 500cc in 1985

Tommy Spinks (1948–2007), football wide receiver, Woodlawn High School, Louisiana Tech, and Minnesota Vikings

Tom Stagg (1923–2015), U.S. District Court judge

Hal Sutton, professional golfer, 1983 PGA Championship winner and 2004 Ryder Cup captain

Liz Swaine, former broadcast journalist; candidate for mayor of Shreveport in 2006

Stromile Swift, NBA player, 2000-2009

Brenda Sykes, actress

Gregory Tarver, city council member and state senator

Stanley R. Tiner (born 1942), editor of defunct Shreveport Journal, retired executive editor of The Sun Herald in Biloxi-Gulfport, Mississippi, which won a 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Hurricane Katrina coverage

Randy Thom, sound designer

David Toms, professional golfer, 2001 PGA Championship winner

Pattie W. Van Hook (1927–1992), physician, medical school professor, first woman president of Louisiana State Medical Society

Wayne Waddell (born 1948), Republican former state legislator and businessman

Lorenz J. "Lo" Walker, a retired United States Air Force colonel and mayor of Bossier City since 2005, born in Shreveport and graduated from Fair Park High School in 1951

Taijuan Walker, pitcher for Arizona Diamondbacks

Todd Walker, baseball player for seven MLB teams, lived in Bossier City

Donald Ellsworth Walter, judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, U.S. attorney for the Western District, 1969–1977, based in Shreveport

Vernon Wells, baseball player for three MLB teams

Hank Williams, Jr., country music singer

Monk Williams, football player

Richard Williams, tennis coach and father and coach to Venus and Serena Williams

Don W. Williamson (born 1927), retired businessman, school board president, state representative, and state senator

Jimmy Wilson (1931–1986), mayor of Vivian, 1966–1972; state representative, 1972–1976; Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, 1978, 1980

Jesse Winchester, (born 1944), musician, songwriter

Faron Young (1932–1996), country singer/songwriter; member of Country Music Hall of Fame

Matt LoVecchio

Matthew Lawrence LoVecchio (born February 2, 1982) was a starting quarterback for the University of Notre Dame football team in 2000-01, and for Indiana University in 2003-04.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish football under Tyrone Willingham

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish were led by Tyrone Willingham and represented the University of Notre Dame in NCAA Division I college football from 2002 to 2004. The team was an independent and played their home games in Notre Dame Stadium. Throughout the three seasons, the Irish were 21–16 (21–15 before Willingham was fired) and were invited to two bowl games, both of which they lost.

After the 2001 season, fifth-year head coach Bob Davie was fired. His immediate replacement, George O'Leary, was forced to resign under some controversy for discrepancies on his resume, and Willingham was chosen to replace him. Willingham made immediate changes to the program and won his first eight games. Although his team floundered at the end of the season and lost their bowl game, he led the team to 10 wins and was named "Coach of the Year" by two different publications. His second year began with the signing of a top-5 recruiting class to replace a number of players who graduated. Although the team began the season with a win, they lost their next two games, and freshman quarterback Brady Quinn became the starter. Quinn led the Irish to four more wins that season, and the team finished a 5–7 record.

Willingham's third season started with a loss, but three straight wins brought the team back into national prominence. The team went on to win six games, but their fifth loss of the season, a blowout to the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans, was Willingham's final game at Notre Dame. Although the Irish were invited to a bowl game at the end of the season, Willingham was fired. The eventual hiring of Charlie Weis as Willingham's replacement was called a good move, but Willingham's firing remained a controversial subject for years following his tenure.

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Ron Battle

Ronnie Jerome Battle (born March 27, 1959 in Shreveport, Louisiana), son of John L. Battle and Mary Battle, is a former American football tight end who played two seasons in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the seventh round of the 1981 NFL Draft. He played college football at North Texas.

He is the father of NFL wide receiver Arnaz Battle.

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