Hall of Fame Inductee - Nathan Tate
Nathan Tate redefined the standard by which Quincy running backs are measured. As a junior in
1993, he became the first Blue Devil in more than 50 years to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. He finished
with 1,209 yards and 17 touchdowns,
averaging 134.3 yards per game and 6.8 yards
per carry. It earned him unanimous selection to
the All-Western Big Six Conference football
team and the Herald-Whig all-area first team.
As a senior, Tate became the first player in
school history with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.
He rushed for 1,032 yards and 11 touchdowns,
averaging 114.7 yards per game and
6.1 yards per carry. He led the WB6 in rushing
with 559 yards, one of only five Quincy players
ever to do so. He earned all-state honors from
the Champaign News-Gazette, second-team all-
American honors from Bigger, Faster, Stronger
magazine and All-WB6 and all-area plaudits.
A two-time team captain, he earned the
Golden Helmet award and the Rob McIntire
Scholarship as a senior.
Tate also earned four letters in track as a
sprinter, competing in the 100- and 200-meter
dashes and anchoring the 400 and 800 relay
teams. He qualified for the state championships
as a junior and senior.
Tate played defensive back at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, earning all-conference and all-
Nebraska honors as a senior. He tied for the team lead in interceptions as a junior and received the Brad
Beckman Award and academic all-conference honors.
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