Hall of Fame Inductee:
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. Courtesy of Blue Devils Hall of Fame.