"The Rattlers announce that they will retire the number 17 of former Arizona Rattler receiver Randy Gatewood at the halftime of their game against the San Jose SaberCats, Friday May 9, 2008.
Gatewood is one of the best two-way players in arena football history, earning the AFL Ironman award in 2003 and 2006. Gatewood, who played with the Rattlers for 12 straight seasons, leads the team all time in reception yards, touchdowns, total tackles and unassisted tackles and is second in total receptions."
Nice move on the Rattlers part, considering that as mentioned we have only my darling Wendall left from his playing days and that almost everyone else associated with the team now is a stranger too, owners coaches heck even my ticket manager is different.
I was sad to see Randy retire; he was one of the last of the old-school arena players before it became a "business" and a true fan friendly favorite.
Here’s to you Mr. Gatewood, thanks for the memories.