Background and college
Born August 8, 1985 in Chico, California, Ratliff attended Chico Senior High School in Chico, California and was a student and a letterman in football. In football, he led his teams to two Conference Championships, and as a senior, he was named the Chico High School Offensive Player of the Year, and was an All-Conference selection. After attending Chico High School he went on to Butte College (2003-04) in Oroville, CA where he was the starting QB for 2 years following Aaron Rodgers. While at Butte College he set the career record for TD's (35), completions (239) and total offensive yards (3,651). He transferred from Butte to Utah. In 2005, Ratliff Led Utah to its two biggest victories of the season after assuming the starting job in game 11. In his first game as the starter, he led Utah to an upset victory over BYU in overtime, and was named MWC Offensive Player of the Week. In 2006, Ratliff led the Utes to victory over Tulsa in 2006 Armed Forces Bowl, completing 23 of 34 for 240 yards and one TD.
As a Jet
Ratliff signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He spent the entire season on the practice squad. In 2008, Ratliff made the Jets active roster as the Jets third string QB. After Brett Favre's retirement, Ratliff was expected to compete with Kellen Clemens for the starting job, until his trade put an end to that.
After the Jets
Ratliff was traded to the Cleveland Browns on April 25, 2009 as part of a deal for the Browns' first round pick, which the Jets used to draft Mark Sanchez. The Browns also received two other players and the Jets' 17th overall pick and a second round pick.