Former Nebraska FB, longtime NFL assistant announces retirement from coaching
A longtime NFL assistant coach has decided to call it a career after nearly 25 years on the sidelines.
Tom Rathman, who was on the Indianapolis Colts staff as a running backs coach, has decided to retire from coaching. He had been with the Colts from 2018-20. He also had previous stops with the San Francisco 49ers (1997-2002, 2009-16), Oakland Raiders (2006-08), and Detroit Lions (2003-05).
Rathman was a running backs coach throughout his career as an assistant in the NFL. He was also a former running back and fullback in the NFL, enjoyed a career with the San Francisco 49ers from 1986-93 and a one-year stop with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1994.
“It was an honor to represent the NFL for more than 30 years as a coach and player,” Rathman said in a statement. “I was proud to represent and coach some outstanding players and I’m thankful for my time in Indianapolis. I’ll always be a Colts fan.”
Prior to his NFL days, Rathman was a fullback at Nebraska, where he totaled 1,425 yards and 12 touchdowns with the Huskers. His best season came in 1985, when he piled up 881 yards and 8 touchdowns on 118 carries.
Rathman was a 3rd-round selection in the 1986 NFL Draft. He went on to rush for 2,020 yards and score 26 touchdowns in the NL and was a member of two Super Bowl championship teams and has been inducted into the San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame.