Gatewood's Number Retired By Rattlers
May 13, 2008
LAS VEGAS - Former UNLV wide receiver Randy Gatewood had his jersey number 17 retired by the Arizona Rattlers at the Arena Football League team's game last Friday (May 9).
Gatewood, who played two seasons for the Rebels in 1993-94, spent a dozen years with the Rattlers. Revered as one of the best two-way players in AFL history, he earned the league's Ironman award in both 2003 and 2006. Gatewood finished his indoor career as the franchise leaders in reception yards, touchdowns, total tackles and unassisted tackles and second in total receptions.
In 149 games, Gatewood's 689 catches (14th in AFL history) were good for a total of 8,999 yards. On defense, Gatewood amassed 427 total tackles with 371 coming unassisted, placing him 19th all-time in the AFL. In 2006, he was named the 17th greatest player in Arena history.
Gatewood, a native of Wichita Falls, Texas, transferred to UNLV out of Tyler Junior College in 1993. Still the most-recent 1,000-yard receiver for the Rebels, he set two major NCAA records with 23 receptions for 363 yards in a game vs. Idaho on Sept. 17, 1994. He finished his senior year with 88 catches for 1,203 yards and six touchdowns while helping UNLV earn a Big West Conference championship and Las Vegas Bowl victory over Central Michigan.
Gatewood resides in Gilbert, Ariz., with his wife Shannon and three children: Quinton, Randi Lee and Kyree.