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Charlie Batch biography

Date of birth : 1974-12-05
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Homestead, Pennsylvania
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-10-19
Credited as : Football player NFL, quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl/NFL Draft player

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Charles "Charlie" Batch (born December 5, 1974 in Homestead, Pennsylvania) is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He played college football at Eastern Michigan.

PRO (71-50/0-0): Re-signed a two-year contract with the Steelers on March, 26, 2010…originally drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round (60th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft…signed with the Steelers June 17, 2002…returned to his hometown, Pittsburgh, after spending the first four years of his career with the Detroit Lions…missed the entire 2008 season with a broken collarbone…was placed on the Reserve/Injured List on August 30, 2008…missed entire 2004 season with a leg injury…was placed on Reserve/Injured List on August 13 2004…has started three games for the Steelers in his eight years with the team…started 46 of the 48 games he played in with the Lions.

2009 (1-0): Played in one regular-season game filling in for Ben Roethlisberger…was inactive for the rest of the season after suffering a wrist injury during the Kansas City game…9/10 vs. Tennessee: Dressed but did not play as Ben Roethlisberger’s backup…9/20 at Chicago: Dressed but did not play as Roethlisberger’s backup…9/27 at Cincinnati: Dressed but did not play as Roethlisberger’s backup…10/4 vs. San Diego: Dressed but did not play as Roethlisberger’s backup.10/11 at Detroit: Dressed but did not play as Roethlisberger’s backup…10/18 vs. Cleveland: Dressed but did not play as Roethlisberger’s backup…10/25 vs. Minnesota: Dressed but did not play as Roethlisberger’s backup…11/9 at Denver: Dressed but did not play as Roethlisberger’s backup…11/15 vs. Cincinnati: Dressed but did not play as Roethlisberger’s backup…11/22 at Kansas City: Played in his first game of the season and filled in for the injured Roethlisberger in the fourth quarter…completed 1-of-2 passes for 17 yards…11/29 at Baltimore: Was inactive due to a wrist injury…12/6 vs. Oakland: Was inactive due to a wrist injury…12/10 at Cleveland: Served as third QB…12/20 vs. Green Bay: Served as third QB…12/27 vs. Baltimore: Served as third QB…1/3 at Miami: Served as third QB.

2008 (0-0): Missed the entire season due to a broken collarbone suffered on a rushing attempt in the preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles...8/30: Placed on the Reserve/Injured List.

2007 (7-1/0-0): Started the season finale against Baltimore in place of Ben Roethlisberger…made six other appearances in relief of Roethlisberger…surpassed 10,000 career passing yards (10,033) with his 218 yards against Baltimore…threw both of his touchdown passes against the Ravens…9/9 at Cleveland: Saw action in the fourth quarter, but did not attempt a pass…9/16 vs. Buffalo: Replaced Ben Roethlisberger on the last possession of the game and did not attempt a pass…9/23 vs. San Francisco: Came in at quarterback for the last possession of the game and took the final kneel…9/30 at Arizona: Dressed as Ben Roethlisberger’s backup but did not play…10/7 vs. Seattle: Replaced Ben Roethlisberger for the last possession of the game and took a knee twice for a loss of one yard, but did not register a pass…10/21 at Denver: Dressed as Ben Roethlisberger’s backup but did not play…10/28 at Cincinnati: Dressed as Ben Roethlisberger’s backup but did not play. 11/5 vs. Baltimore: Relieved Ben Roethlisberger in the third and fourth quarter…connected on one of his five pass for 14 yards and threw one interception…11/11 vs. Cleveland: Dressed as Ben Roethlisberger’s backup but did not play…11/18 at N.Y. Jets: Dressed as Ben Roethlisberger’s backup but did not play…11/26 vs. Miami: Dressed as Ben Roethlisberger’s backup but did not play…12/2 vs. Cincinnati: Dressed as Ben Roethlisberger’s backup but did not play…12/9 at New England: Dressed as Ben Roethlisberger’s backup but did not play…12/16 vs. Jacksonville: Dressed as Ben Roethlisberger’s backup but did not play…12/20 at St. Louis: Relieved Ben Roethlisberger on the last possession of the game…12/30 at Baltimore: Made his 50th start, while playing in his 70th career game…finished 16-of-31 for 218 yards with two TDs and two interceptions (69.0 passing rating)…eclipsed 10,000 career passing yards (10,033)…AFC WILD CARD 1/5/08 vs. Jacksonville: Dressed as Ben Roethlisberger’s backup but did not play.

2006 (8-1): Started the opener for the Steelers in place of the injured Ben Roethlisberger…saw action in a total of eight games, the most in a Pittsburgh uniform…upped his record as a Steelers' starter to 3-0 with the season-opening victory…tossed a career-high-tying three touchdowns in the opener…9/7 vs. Miami: Started for the third time as a Steeler, 49th of his career…completed 15-of-25 passes for 209 yards and tied a career high with three touchdowns…finished with a passer rating of 126.5…threw three touchdowns for the first time since 2001 (Nov. 18 at Arizona)…also was his first multi-touchdown game as a Steeler…hooked up with Heath Miller for an 87-yard TD strike, the longest touchdown score at Heinz Field…87-yard TD play was the longest touchdown play for the Steelers since Kordell Stewart hit Bobby Shaw for 90-yard touchdown (Dec. 16, 2001)...126.5 passer rating was the third-highest in his career (149.6, Oct. 15, 1998 vs. Green Bay; 131.6, Nov. 15 vs. Chicago) and his first 100-plus rating since Oct. 14, 2001, at Minnesota (124.5)…also rushed for 20 yards on seven carries (2.9 avg.), including a 12-yard long run for a first down…9/18 at Jacksonville: Dressed as Ben Roethlisberger's backup but did not play…9/24 vs. Cincinnati: Dressed as Ben Roethlisberger's backup…10/8 at San Diego: Dressed as backup but did not play…10/15 vs. Kansas City: Saw action in the fourth quarter…completed his only pass for six yards…10/22 at Atlanta: Saw action after Ben Roethlisberger left game with an injury…completed 8-of-13 passes for 195 yards (15.0-yards per attempt) and two TDs for a 145.0 passer-rating…hooked up with Hines Ward for two touchdowns, including a 70-yard strike in the third quarter…also connected with Ward for a 17-yard touchdown that tied the game, 38-38, late in the fourth quarter…10/29 at Oakland: Dressed as Ben Roethlisberger's backup but did not play…11/5 vs. Denver: Dressed but did not play…11/12 vs. New Orleans: Dressed but did not play…11/19 at Cleveland: Dressed but did not play…11/26 at Baltimore: Saw action on one play and completed a screen pass for 10 yards…12/3 vs. Tampa Bay: Played but did not attempt a pass…12/7 vs. Cleveland: Saw action late in the fourth quarter but did not throw a pass…12/17 at Carolina: Saw action in the fourth quarter…completed 2-of-2 passes for 23 yards with a long of 15…connected with John Kuhn for 15 yards on third-and-nine to set up a Steelers' field goal…12/24 vs. Baltimore: Saw action in the fourth quarter…completed 4-of-11 passes for 49 yards with a long of 24…12/31 at Cincinnati: Dressed but did not play.

2005 (4-2/0-0): Made his first two career starts with the Steelers while playing in four games total…served as the backup to Ben Roethlisberger for the second half of the season after beginning the year as the No. 3 quarterback…finished the year 23-of-36 for 246 yards with one touchdown and one interception for a passer-rating of 81.5…was released the day before the team's season opener versus Tennessee (9/11)…re-signed with the team on Monday, 9/12…9/18 at Houston: Served as the team's third quarterback and did not play...9/25 vs. New England: Was the team's third quarterback and did not play…10/10 at San Diego: Played in the final series after Ben Roethlisberger injured his knee…did not throw a pass…10/16 vs. Jacksonville: Dressed as Tommy Maddox's backup but did not play…10/23 at Cincinnati: Dressed as Ben Roethlisberger's backup but did not play…10/31 vs. Baltimore: Dressed as Ben Roethlisberger's backup but did not play…11/6 at Green Bay: Started at quarterback for the first time since 2001…completed 9-of-16 passes for 65 yards and a quarterback rating of 39.8…also had one interception…had eight carries for 14 yards, including a 10-yard scramble for a first down…11/13 vs. Cleveland: Started for the second straight game and for the first time as a Steeler in Pittsburgh…completed 13-of-19 passes for 150 yards for a quarterback rating of 92.0…also ran three times for 16 yards (5.3 avg.), including a one-yard touchdown plunge with time running out in the first half…hit Hines Ward late in the second quarter with a 15-yard reception that made Ward the Steelers' all-time reception leader, passing John Stallworth…also hit Ward in the end zone for an apparent touchdown that was reversed following a review…left the game after the first half with an injury on his throwing hand…11/20 at Baltimore: Did not play due to an injury to his throwing hand…11/28 at Indianapolis: Was inactive…12/4 vs. Cincinnati: Was the team's designated third quarterback…12/11 vs. Chicago: Dressed as Ben Roethlisberger's backup but did not play…12/18 at Minnesota: Dressed as backup but did not play…12/24 at Cleveland: Saw action in the second half…only pass was a 31-yard touchdown to Quincy Morgan, his 50th career TD pass and first of the season…finished with a perfect passer rating of 158.3…1/1 vs. Detroit: Dressed as a backup but did not play…AFC Wild Card Game 1/8 at Cincinnati: Dressed as backup but did not play…AFC Divisional Game 1/15 at Indianapolis: Dressed as Ben Roethlisberger's backup but did not play…AFC Championship Game 1/22 at Denver: Dressed as a backup but did not play…Super Bowl XL 2/5 vs. Seattle: Dressed as Ben Roethlisberger's backup but did not play.

2004 (IR): Participated briefly at training camp before he was placed on reserve/injured list due to a leg injury and was out for the entire season.

2003 (3-0): Served as the Steelers' backup quarterback...9/7 vs. Baltimore: Replaced Tommy Maddox in the fourth quarter but did not attempt a pass…Cleveland 10/5: Saw his first action in four weeks…replaced Tommy Maddox in the fourth quarter…completed 3-of-6 passes for 25 yards…also had one run of 11 yards…11/30 vs. Cincinnati: Made his first appearance since Nov. 5 near end of first half for injured Tommy Maddox…completed first pass for 22 yards to Plaxico Burress.

2002 (0-0/0-0): Entered the 2002 season as the Steelers' third quarterback…served as the third quarterback for all but one regular-season and both postseason contests...11/24 vs. Cincinnati: Served as the team's backup quarterback but did not play.

2001 (10-9): Fourth year as Lions' starting quarterback...missed the final five games while on the injured/reserve list...finished the season with 2,392 yards passing and 12 TDs...set new career single-game highs with 436 yards passing and 36 completions...9/9 at Green Bay: Completed 20-of-39 passes for 276 yards…9/23 at Cleveland: Did not play…10/8 St. Louis: Was back in action in the second half and completed 11-of-16 passes for 113 yards…10/14 at Minnesota: Started and set then career highs in completions (31) and passing yards (345), and tied his career high for touchdowns passes with three…10/21 vs. Tennessee: Registered second consecutive 300-yard passing game (second of career) and second consecutive game throwing three touchdown passes (fifth of career)…10/28 vs. Cincinnati: Completed 20-of-35 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns…11/11 vs. Tampa Bay: Completed 21-of-39 passes for his second 239-yard passing game of the season and a touchdown…11/18 at Arizona: Shattered career highs and team records in several passing categories with his first career 400-yard game, including yards (436), attempts (62) and completions (36), and also tied a career high with three touchdown passes...surpassed Bill Munson (8,461) and Milt Plum (8,536) for sixth place on the Lions' all-time career passing yards list (8,684)…12/2 at Chicago: Passed the 9,000-yard career passing mark before leaving the game with a separated shoulder...completed 18-of-28 passes for 214 yards.

2000 (15-15): Set career highs in almost every major statistical category, including completions (221), pass attempts (412), yards passing (2,489), games played and started (15) and tying his career high with 13 touchdown passes…his 221 completions ranked eighth on the Lions' all-time single-season list and the 412 attempts were sixth-most in Lions' history…got off to a slow start due to fractured tibial plateau (with displacement) in right knee suffered June 5 in non-contact drill during voluntary Silverdome workout…underwent surgery June 12 causing him to miss first three weeks of training camp…taken off Active Unable to Perform List August 14 to participate in 7-on-7 drills…began taking part in full workouts August 21…did not see preseason action and also sat out Lions' season opener at New Orleans (9/3) as inactive third-stringer…in addition to not re-gaining full strength in his right leg following surgery, he also struggled during latter part of the season with bruised ribs suffered at New York Giants (11/19)…9/10 vs. Washington: Returned to starting lineup and completed 16-of-31 passes for 194 yards while leading the Lions to a 15-10 victory…9/17 vs. Tampa Bay: Had one of the best statistical outings of his career in losing effort, completing 26-of-36 passes for 277 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown pass to Germane Crowell to end the first half...the 26 pass completions and 277 passing yards in that game set then single game career bests…9/24 at Chicago: Led team on a clutch 17-play, 91-yard game-clinching fourth-quarter drive…completed 20-of-37 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns…10/1 vs. Minnesota: Eclipsed the 5,000-yard mark in career passing yards in addition to attempting a then career-high 44 passes and scrambling for first rushing TD of the season, which tied the game at 17-17 early in the fourth quarter…10/8 vs. Green Bay: Tied career high with three touchdown passes in win…10/19 at Tampa Bay: Led Lions to 28-14 victory in a nationally televised Thursday night ESPN game, improving his career record to 4-0 in ESPN games…10/29 at Indianapolis: Had best rushing game of season with 62 yards in four carries, including a career-long 19-yard scamper…11/15 vs. Miami: Left game in third quarter due to mild concussion...11/12 vs. Atlanta: Returned the following week to lead Lions to a win in Gary Moeller's first game as head coach…11/19 at N.Y. Giants: Completed passes to career-high nine receivers and tied career high with three touchdown passes in victory at Giants (20-of-32 passes for 225 yards and three TDs), in addition to going over the 6,000-yard mark in career passing yardage…11/23 vs. New England: Gave gutsy performance in Thanksgiving Day win, leading club to third-straight victory...left game eventually in fourth quarter after taking several shots to his bruised ribs, including a hit while he was diving for a 10-yard TD in the fourth quarter that forced him from the game…completed season-long 59-yard pass to David Sloan on Lions' first play from scrimmage…11/30 at Minnesota: Started but lasted only into the first quarter after having ribs re-bruised on early hit…did not practice leading up to games at Green Bay (12/10) and at New York Jets (12/17), but was able to complete both games…12/24 vs. Chicago: Started season finale but re-aggravated bruised ribs late in the second quarter, and did not return.

1999 (11-10/0-0): Continued to develop as Lions' starting quarterback during first portion of campaign, but was hindered in second half of season with a fracture at the knuckle of his right thumb…played at a very high level as Lions got off to a 6-2 start...led Lions to two consecutive wins to start a season for first time since 1993...completed 25-of-41 attempts for 435 yards and five touchdowns in first two games...began the season by throwing the ball downfield more than in rookie season, as evidenced by his eight TD passes in season's first four games, including scoring tosses of 41, 45, 74 and 41 yards in that span...finished season completing 151-of-270 passes (55.9 percent) for 1,957 yards and a career-high 13 touchdowns…started 10 games, including the first eight games and the last two regular-season contests…9/12 at Seattle: Threw three TD passes in first half of season opener to set a career high...was the first Lions' QB to throw three TD passes in the first half of a game since Scott Mitchell (10/6/96 vs. Atlanta)…streak of 145 consecutive completions without an interception was snapped in game at Seattle as well, a streak that spanned more than six complete games…9/19 vs. Green Bay: Scrambled for a one-yard fourth quarter TD that gave the Lions the lead...was second rushing TD of career…10/10 vs. San Diego: Set career high with 21 completions…10/17 vs. Minnesota: Left game at halftime with a bruised right triceps muscle, but returned the following two weeks to lead club to consecutive wins…10/24 at Carolina: Had solid outing in return from triceps bruise, completing 16-of-27 passes for 210 yards…11/7 vs. St. Louis: Was 10-of-20 for 148 yards and a TD in game before leaving the game with a thumb injury...injured his thumb when he hit his hand on Rams' DE Grant Wistrom's helmet while throwing a pass…11/14 at Arizona: Was inactive third-stringer and did not play as second-stringer in the following four games...12/19 at Chicago: Reappeared on the field during the third quarter and completed 6-of-10 passes for 95 yards, and also scrambled for head-first 12-yard TD run…12/25 vs. Denver: Started and recorded 21 completions and 41 attempts...1/2 at Minnesota: Started regular-season finale…re-aggravated the thumb when he hit his hand against the helmet of Lions' C Eric Beverly while throwing a pass…completed 17-of-24 for 161 yards before leaving with the injury...thumb injury forced him to miss NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at Washington (1/8).

1998 (12-12): Made first career start Sept. 16, after serving as second-stringer for the season's first two games and started the next 12 outings…season ended prematurely after suffering a compression fracture in his lower back at San Francisco (12/14) that caused him to miss the final two games of the year…was placed on reserve/injured list on Dec. 24 prior to season finale at Baltimore (12/27)…completed 173-of-303 attempts (.571) for 2,178 yards and 11 TD's in 12 starts as a rookie…also rushed for 229 yards and a TD on 41 carries…ended the season having thrown 136 straight pass attempts without throwing an interception (six games), which tied him with Cleveland's Bernie Kosar (1985) for the longest such streak in NFL history by a rookie…record-tying streak added to another he had earlier in the year of 107 consecutive passes (Games 4-7) without an interception…QB passer rating of 83.5 stands as the fifth-best mark ever by a rookie (current teammate Ben Roethlisberger ranks first, 98.1)…was particularly effective in the red zone in 1998, completing 15-of-28 passes for 84 yards and five TDs (no INTs) for a 98.8 passer-rating…named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for October — was 52-of-87 for 717 yards and five TDs and one Interception during the month for a rating of 102.6…completed 62-of-86 attempts (.721) for 822 yards and four TDs in four nationally-televised games…9/20 at Minnesota: Made first career start and performed admirably in hostile environment, completing 20-of-40 passes for 160 yards and two interceptions, both of which were desperation heaves at the end of each half…9/28 vs. Tampa Bay: Won his first game as an NFL starting QB…10/4 at Chicago: Completed first TD pass of his career, a 98-yarder to Johnnie Morton, the longest touchdown pass in the NFL in 1998...completed 16-of-31 passes for career-high 268 yards…10/15 vs. Green Bay: Completed 16-of-19 passes (84.2 percent) for 218 yards and two TDs…also tied team record for most consecutive completions (11) — Dave Krieg in 1994 and Gary Danielson in 1980…his 84.2 percent completion rating versus Green Bay was the highest single game mark for a rookie since 1960…became the youngest NFL quarterback to complete 11 straight passes in a game since Brett Favre in 1992 (also 23-years-old)…11/15 vs. Chicago: Completed 16-of-21 passes for 253 yards and TD — 76.2 percent completion rate was fifth-highest single game mark for a rookie since 1960…was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week…11/26 vs. Pittsburgh: Fought a neck strain in the second quarter to finish game...returned to game in third quarter and completed 16-of-23 passes for 236 yards and a TD…was named as Lions' 1998 Mel Farr Rookie of the Year by teammates following the '98 season.

College: Was a six-year college player who left Eastern Michigan owning virtually every school passing and total offense record…holds EMU's all-time records for total plays (1,179), total offensive yards (7,715), pass attempts (998), pass completions (579), yards passing (7,592) and touchdown passes (53). 1997: Started every game as a senior and set school season records by completing 247-of-434 passes for 3,280 yards (56.9) and 23 touchdowns. 1996: Appeared in the first two games but season was ended prematurely due to leg injury…completed 39-of-65 passes for 518 yards and two touchdowns in limited play that year. 1995: Received the 1995 James M. "Bingo" Brown Award as a junior, given to the team's Most Valuable Player…earned All-MAC first team honors…moved into the starting lineup early in '95 campaign, finishing the season with 244 completions in 421 attempts (58.0) for 3,177 yards and 21 touchdowns. 1994: Appeared in first eight games of his collegiate career as a sophomore completing 49-of-78 passes (62.8) for 617 yards and seven touchdowns. 1993: Granted a medical hardship redshirt. 1992: Did not play under NCAA Proposition 48 rules…earned bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

Personal: Was an All-State third-team and Pittsburgh Press "Fabulous 22" pick as a senior in 1991 at Steel Valley (Homestead, Pa.) High School…lettered three times in football and twice in basketball during high school…established his own foundation, Best of the Batch Foundation, in 2000…hosts Project C.H.U.C.K., an annual youth basketball league in Homestead…is the son of Lynn Settles…is single…born in Homestead, Pa....Full name: Charles D'Donte Batch.

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