Terry Hanratty

Terrence Hugh 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. Terry's son Conor also plays football for Notre Dame as an offensive guard.

Terry Hanratty
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Personal information
Born:January 19, 1948 (age 71)
Butler, Pennsylvania, United States
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Butler (PA)
College:Notre Dame
NFL Draft:1969 / Round: 2 / Pick: 30
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards:2,510
Pass completions:165
Pass attempts:431
Games played:50
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

College career

Hanratty attended St. Paul Butler 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.[1] 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 quarterback for the Steelers, until 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.

In 1975, Hanratty played in only one regular season game, for only two plays.[2][3] However, he played more in the postseason, getting into two playoff games.[2] In the AFC Championship Game he finished the game at quarterback, taking the Steelers' last two offensive snaps, after Bradshaw was hurt.[3] He also finished Super Bowl X at quarterback in what turned out to be his last game as a Steeler, taking the team's last four offensive snaps.

Hanratty was placed on waivers by the Steelers in September 1976 and picked up in October by the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who infamously lost every game they would play that season. As the backup quarterback to Steve Spurrier, Hanratty made a handful of appearances, and his sole start came in Week 13 against his old team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Hanratty would be pulled in favor of Spurrier after throwing just four passes: one was intercepted, two incomplete, and one caught for a one-yard loss. The 42-0 defeat was Hanratty's last appearance in the NFL; he would retire after the 1976 season.)

He finished his career with 2,510 passing yards, 24 touchdown passes, and 35 interceptions.[4] 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 a number of years and is now retired from his second career, spending time with his family and having coached his daughter's, Clair Hanratty, championship college softball team, the Susquehanna University River hawks from 2013-2016.

Hanratty was on hand to see Brady Quinn break his record for passing touchdowns.


  1. ^ "Terry Hanratty Bio :: Notre Dame Football :: UND.COM :: The Official Site of ND Athletics". und.com.
  2. ^ a b "Terry Hanratty". Pro-Football-Reference. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  3. ^ a b 1975 AFC Championship Game telecast. NBC Sports. January 4, 1976.
  4. ^ "Terry Hanratty Stats - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
1966 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

The 1966 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1966 NCAA University Division football season. The Irish, coached by Ara Parseghian, ended the season undefeated with nine wins and one tie, winning a national championship. The Fighting Irish earned a consensus title after beating No. 10 Oklahoma 38–0 in Norman, tying unbeaten and No. 2 Michigan State 10–10, and ending the season defeating No. 10 USC, 51–0, in the Coliseum The 1966 squad became the eighth Irish team to win the national title and the first under Parseghian. The Irish outscored its opponents 362–38. The 10–10 tie between The Spartans and the Irish remains one of the controversial games of college football, and is considered today to be one of the great "games of the century".

1968 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

The 1968 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame during the 1968 NCAA University Division football season. They were led by fifth-year head coach Ara Parseghian and competed as an independent. The Irish finished with a final record of 7–2–1. In their final game of the season, they played No. 2 USC to a 21–21 tie.

1969 Pittsburgh Steelers season

The 1969 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the franchise's 37th in the National Football League. It would mark a turning point of the Steelers franchise. 1969 was the first season for Hall of Fame head coach Chuck Noll, the first season for defensive lineman "Mean Joe" Greene and L. C. Greenwood, the first season for longtime Steelers public relations director Joe Gordon, and the team's last season in Pitt Stadium before moving into then-state-of-the-art Three Rivers Stadium the following season.

Although considered a turning point in the team's history, the results were not immediate; after winning the season opener against the Detroit Lions, the Steelers lost every game afterwards to finish 1–13. The Steelers became the first team in NFL history since the 1936 Philadelphia Eagles to win its season opener and lose every remaining game, a feat not matched until 2001 when the Carolina Panthers won its season opener against Minnesota before losing every game en route to a 1–15 finish. The Steelers finished 1969 4th in the NFL Century Division and tied with the Chicago Bears for last in the NFL. With the Steelers finishing 1–6 at Pitt Stadium, it marked the last time the Steelers finished the season with a losing record at home until 1999.

As a result of their 1–13 records, Art Rooney of the Steelers won a coin toss with George Halas of the Bears to determine who would select Louisiana Tech quarterback Terry Bradshaw (the consensus number 1 selection among league teams) with the number one pick in the 1970 draft. By modern NFL tiebreaking rules, the Steelers would have automatically been given the first pick anyway, as the Bears' one win came against the Steelers in Week 8.

1973 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 1973 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's sixth year in professional football and its fourth with the National Football League.

The Bengals split their first eight games, then swept their last six to win their second AFC Central Division title.

Cincinnati for the second time made the playoffs, losing to the eventual Super Bowl winner (Miami 34–16) for the second time as well.

RB Essex Johnson became the first Bengal to achieve 100+ yards rushing and receiving in the same game. He rushed for 121 yards on 21 carries and got 116 yards on two receptions on Sep 30, 1973 at San Diego. Perhaps one of the best marks of the season for the Bengals was giving the eventual NFC Champion Vikings their most lopsided loss of the season 27-0.

1973 Pittsburgh Steelers season

The 1973 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the team's 41st season in the National Football League. The team finished second in the AFC Central division, but qualified for the postseason for the second consecutive season. The Steelers got off to a terrific start winning eight of their first nine games. However, a costly three game losing streak would put their playoff hopes in jeopardy. The Steelers would recover to win their last two games, but had to settle for a Wild Card berth with a 10-4 record. The Steelers would lose in the playoffs to the Oakland Raiders 33-14 in Oakland.

The 1973 Steelers' pass defense is arguably the greatest in the history of the NFL. Their defensive passer rating—the quarterback passer rating of all opposing quarterbacks throughout the season—was 33.1, an NFL record for the Super Bowl era.

According to Cold Hard Football Facts:

Pittsburgh's pass-defense numbers that year were stunning. Opposing passers compiled the following stat-line:

164 of 359 (45.7%) for 1,923 yards, 5.36 [yards-per-attempt], 11 [touchdowns] and 37 [interceptions]The figure that leaps screaming off the sheet is the amazing 37 picks in 14 games. The 2009 Jets, by comparison, allowed a puny 8 TDs in 16 games, but hauled in just 17 picks.

Pittsburgh's all-time best pass defense was an equal-opportunity unit: Mike Wagner led the team with 8 INT, but 10 other guys recorded at least one pick. Amazing. Eleven defenders boasted at least one INT for Pittsburgh that season. The entire starting secondary recorded 24 picks alone, and Hall of Fame cornerback Mel Blount was last on the list: Wagner (8), safety Glen Edwards (6), cornerback John Rowser (6) and Blount (4).

1974 Pittsburgh Steelers season

The 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the franchise's 42nd in the National Football League. They impoved to a 10-3-1 record and culminated in a Super Bowl championship. The team became the first in the Steelers' 42-year history to win a league title following the franchise's greatest playoff run to that point.

Buzz Warren

Buist Lamb "Buzz" Warren (1916–1986) was an American football player who played one season in the National Football League (NFL) in 1945. He coached high school football many years.

Ed Matesic

Edward J. Matesic (1907–1988) was an American football player for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Also went by the first name of Dick, Lefty, and Richard. Led the University of Pittsburgh in interceptions in 1931. In 1931 only the statistics of yards and touchdowns were recorded and not the number of interceptions. In 1931 Ed had 91 yards and one touchdown on interceptions. Then played HB/TB in the pros. Was the Pittsburgh Pirates starting quarterback in 1936. Pirates later became the Pittsburgh Steelers. In his pro career threw for 1,412 yards and 8 touchdowns, ran for 377 yards and one touchdown, caught 4 passes for 51 yards and one touchdown.


Hanratty is a surname, and may refer to:

Alice Hanratty (born 1939), Irish artist specialising in printmaking

Conor Hanratty (born 1981), theatre director and scholar

James Hanratty (1936–1962), the seventh-to-last person in Britain to be hanged for murder

Pat Hanratty, Canadian social activist and former president of the New Brunswick New Democratic Party

Sammi Hanratty (born 1995), American child actress

Terry Hanratty (born 1948), former professional American football quarterback

Jewish Surnames Hanratty is a Jewish surname in South Africa, Holland and rarely found in the United States.

Jim Seymour (American football)

James Patrick Seymour (November 24, 1946 – March 29, 2011) was an American football wide receiver who played three seasons for the Chicago Bears in the National Football League. He was originally selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the first round of the 1969 NFL Draft, 10th pick overall. In 1974, he played for the Chicago Fire of the WFL.

Seymour played high school football at Shrine of the Little Flower High School, Royal Oak, Michigan, and college football at Notre Dame, where he was a two-time First-team All-American (1967, 1968) while also being a Second-team All-America selection in 1966. He is widely considered to be one of the Top 50 players in Notre Dame history, and is one of only five three-time football All-Americans at the school (Leon Hart, Ken MacAfee, Chris Zorich, Luther Bradley). Seymour was featured on the cover of Time Magazine in the October 28th, 1966 issue, along with Terry Hanratty. He was the older brother of former professional football player Paul Seymour.

Seymour died on March 29, 2011 from cancer.

Joe Gasparella

Joseph Richard Gasparella (February 5, 1927 – November 21, 2000) was an American football quarterback who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Cardinals of the National Football League. He played college football at University of Notre Dame for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Gasparella was the coach of the Carnegie Tech Tartans from 1963 to 1975.

Joe Gilliam

Joseph Wiley Gilliam, Jr. (December 29, 1950 – December 25, 2000) was a professional football player, a quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League for four seasons. Primarily a backup, he started the first six games of the 1974 season.

Larry Lawrence (gridiron football)

Larry Robert Lawrence (born April 11, 1949 in Mount Pleasant, Iowa), who attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was an American football quarterback in college for the Miami Hurricanes and Iowa Hawkeyes and the NFL Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Undrafted coming out of college, he started his pro career in the CFL for two seasons, then signed with the Raiders as a free agent. He played for two years as a backup, starting two games and missing most of the 1975 season with an injury. The Buccaneers traded for him during the 1976 preseason. Coach John McKay praised his accuracy in the preseason, but he was unable to make an impact in limited playing time during the regular season, and was waived when Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback Terry Hanratty became available. Lawrence died on December 4, 2012.

List of Notre Dame Fighting Irish starting quarterbacks

The following individuals have started games at quarterback for the University of Notre Dame football team, updated through the 2018 season.

The year of induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, if applicable, is designated alongside the respective player's final season.

List of Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League.

List of Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Buccaneers.

Max Fiske (American football)

Max Joseph Fiske (September 27, 1913 – March 15, 1973) was an American football player for the Pittsburgh Pirates, now the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In 1977, he was inducted into the Roseland Pullman Sports Hall of Fame.

Mike Rae

Michael John Rae (born July 26, 1951) is a former professional American football quarterback in the National Football League.

Ron C. Smith

Ronald Christopher Smith (born June 27, 1942 in Richmond, Virginia) is a retired American football quarterback who spent one season with the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He played 9 games for the Steelers in 1966, and 1 for the Los Angeles Rams in 1965.


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