Wednesday September 11, 2013Keiwan Ratliff Selected to 2014 UF Athletic Hall of Fame
Keiwan Ratliff, who played cornerback and wide receiver for the Gators from 2000-03, is one of eight selections into the 2014 UF Athletic Hall of Fame. Ratliff is among seven Gator Greats and one Distinguished Letterwinner that will be inducted to the 384 existing UF Hall of Famers class next spring.
This year’s induction class includes Gator Greats Aury Cruz (Volleyball), Jenny Gladding (Softball), Justin O’Neal (Men’s Tennis), Keiwan Ratliff (Football), Colleen Rosensteel (Women’s Track & Field), Mike Stanley (Baseball) and Sarah Yohe (Soccer). Former UF swimmer, lifetime member of swimming and diving’s Splash Club and Gator Boosters Board of Directors member Harrison “Harry” Wilder will be inducted into the UF Athletic Hall of Fame as the Distinguished Letterwinner.
Ratliff is a Florida football standout who was named the 2003 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, was a 2003 First Team All-American, and a two-time All-SEC selection during his time as a Florida Gator. Ratliff was a multi-dimensional player who played offense, defense and special teams. He is second in the UF record books for punt return yards (860) and is ranked fifth on the UF career interceptions list (12).
During his tenure at Florida, Ratliff played in the 2001 Sugar Bowl, the 2002 Orange Bowl and the 2004 and 2003 Outback Bowls. Ratliff also saw action in the 2000 and 2001 SEC Championship games, collecting four tackles against Auburn in 2000.
After a stellar career as a Florida Gator, Ratliff was drafted in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft as the 49th overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Ratliff played in the NFL for six years, seeing stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers, and another run with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, Ratliff joined the United Football League with the Virginia Destroyers until the league’s recent demise due to financial struggles.
Ratliff will be honored at the 2014 UF Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Friday, March 7, 2014.