Each week, commenter Stu tracks down a former Minnesota sports figure about whom you might have forgotten. Stu?
THE HUNT DOWN
Name: Chatarius Atwell
Claim to Fame, Minnesota: was a receiver for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers in the mid-‘90s. Held team records for catches in a season and career 100-yard games until Eric Decker broke both of them, and is still third all-time in receptions and receiving yards. Was one of five Gopher football players arrested at a 1997 party as reported in this Minnesota Daily article by freelance writer and friend of RandBall Andrew Tellijohn, who among other things now writes for one of the internet’s football websites.
Claim to Fame, Everywhere Else: was not drafted, but did catch on with the Colts and Lions for a little bit. Was recruited out of Miami by former Gophers receivers coach and current Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin, which has led some* to call Jim Wacker’s football program “the Cradle of Coaches.”
Where He Is Now: we’re going to assume that the Miami native is back home, as a younger Chatarius Atwell is tearing things up at quarterback for the Liberty City Warriors Pop Warner squad.
Is He on Twitter: no.
Glorious Randomness: remember when Jim Wacker ran a fake punt out of his own end zone? And it worked? Geezo beezo.
*No one is doing this.
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