October 27, 2012; Stanford, CA, USA; Washington State Cougars wide receiver Bobby Ratliff (82) catches a pass during the fourth quarter against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium. The Cardinal defeated the Cougars 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Washington State wide receiver Bobby Ratliff is bidding farewell to football after his junior season for the Cougars. He made the call over instagram and twitter on Friday.
"… family I’ve decided it was time to move on and start the rest of my life. There’s nothing I’ll miss more than being around my brothers in the locker room and I appreciate the love and understanding I’ve received from them. On that note I still and forever will be Go Cougs ! #gocougs"
Ratliff was a key receiver early in the 2013 football season, making a huge contribution at Auburn in the opener, but despite starting three games this past season as a junior, steadily kind of fell out of the rotation in earnest. He caught 27 passes for 243 yards and 2 touchdowns. However Vince Mayle, Rickey Galvin and River Cracraft continued to improve and Bobby became a kid in the shadows, for the most part. It was difficult to have seen him having a huge senior season.
Still, there’s no real concrete motive here, so it’s difficult to speculate on the exact reasons Ratliff will not be here next season. We wish him the best in his future endeavors at the University and in life as he moves on. We’ll still remember his fabulous leaping catch on 4th down in Palo Alto as the clock ticked down in an eventual loss. He always played hard and we will miss him!