Bobby Ratliff leaves WSU football team

Chris Shaw Evergreen Football reporter

Redshirt junior wide receiver Bobby Ratliff has decided to hang up his spikes early and quit football before his senior season. 

On Friday, Ratliff broke the news on his Instagram account, saying, “It was time to move on and start the rest of my life.”

He went on to say in the post, “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 it’s still and forever will be Go Cougs! #gocougs.”

In the three years he spent on the Cougar football team, Ratliff totaled almost 1,000 yards receiving and three receiving touchdowns. He did not record a catch in the final two games of the regular season. He also did nothing statistically in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl against the Colorado State Rams. 

No exact reason was given for Ratliff’s decision, and no injury reports have surfaced. In Ratliff’s absence, receivers Rickey Galvin, River Cracraft and Brett Bartolone will fill in the gap. 

Ratliff is on track to receive his degree from WSU this spring. His redshirt season would have given him an extra year of eligibility if he had chosen to continue playing football.