Charlie Batch
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Charlie Batch at training camp
Free Agent
Personal information
Date of birth: (1974-12-05) December 5, 1974 (age 44)
Place of birth: Homestead, Pennsylvania
High School: Munhall (PA) Steel Valley
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 216 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College: Eastern Michigan
NFL Draft: 1998 / Round: 2 / Pick: 60
Debuted in 1998 for the Detroit Lions
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
TD-INT     61-52
Passing yards     11,085
QB Rating     77.2
Rushing Attempts     172
Rushing Yards     637
Rushing Touchdowns     6
Stats at

Charles D'Donte "Charlie" Batch[1] (born December 5, 1974) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He played college football at Eastern Michigan.

Batch has earned two Super Bowl rings with the Steelers in Super Bowl XL and Super Bowl XLIII.

College careerEdit

Son of Lynne Settles, a former school teacher[2] and former steel mill operator Nilesh Shah,[3] Batch had a remarkable career at Eastern Michigan University, owning almost every passing record. He also earned a degree in criminal justice. He was a local favorite when he was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft.

Professional careerEdit

Detroit LionsEdit

Charlie Batch was the Detroit Lions' starter through better parts of the 1998–2001 seasons. After the surprising retirement of Barry Sanders in 1999, Detroit struggled to find consistency in its running game,[4] and Batch was asked to assume a "hybrid" quarterback role and assist in the Lions' running game by using various QB sweeps, bootlegs, and QB draws in an attempt to keep defenders off balance. He proved to be effective, but injury prone, in his years with Detroit. In 1999, the year Sanders retired, Batch, whose Indian father Nilesh Shah left when Batch was two,[5] helped rally Detroit to a surprising wildcard playoff game against the Washington Redskins. Batch did not play in the game, giving way to Gus Frerotte due to injury, and Detroit lost 27–13.

The 2000 season proved to be Batch's last as a true NFL starter. He was again injured (leaving the Week 17 matchup against Chicago with a shoulder injury) in a pivotal game in which Detroit lost on a last-second field goal by Paul Edinger. The game cost the Lions a playoff berth and sent into motion a radical turn of events in the Lions' front office, resulting in the hiring of Fox Sports color commentator Matt Millen as the new CEO and general manager. Millen's arrival ultimately resulted in an extreme makeover in Detroit's roster, and Batch became one of the more visible casualties.

He started the 2001 season as Detroit's starter under new head coach Marty Mornhinweg, but was injured again late in 2001, and eventually released by the Lions that offseason for salary cap reasons. Son of former steel mill operator Nilesh Shah,[6] Batch had been deemed expendable due in part to the team's drafting of Joey Harrington with their first-round pick, and Millen had gone on record in his desire to find a starting quarterback other than Batch earlier that year. Still, Batch passed for over 9,000 yards with Detroit, reaching sixth on the Lions' all-time list. Ironically, Batch would ultimately last longer in the NFL than Harrington, who would prove to be a draft bust and was out of the NFL by 2009.

Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed him to a one-year contract for 2002 as a backup, but he did not play. The move to initially sign Batch was not a surprise, given that Batch was from Pittsburgh and the Steelers' current Director of Football Operations Kevin Colbert initially drafted Batch in Detroit. Despite not playing in 2002 (being third string behind Kordell Stewart and Tommy Maddox, who split the year as the starters), Batch became popular with Steeler fans, likely due to having grown up in nearby Homestead.

His contract was renewed by the Steelers, and Batch saw some action in 2003. In 2004, Batch spent the season on injured reserve after offseason knee surgery. In 2005, he became the second-string quarterback for the Steelers, playing behind Ben Roethlisberger. During 2005, an injury to Roethlisberger gave Batch two starting opportunities, yielding two victories. In the process, Batch became the first Pittsburgh-area native to start for the team at quarterback since Terry Hanratty, a native of Butler, Pennsylvania, started for a few games during his rookie season in 1969 before becoming a backup the following season to Terry Bradshaw.

He backed up Ben Roethlisberger during Super Bowl XL, and the Steelers' 21-10 victory made Batch a Super Bowl Champion.

On March 14, 2006 Charlie Batch signed a 3 year deal, through the 2008 season.[7]

He also was one of several Pittsburgh Steelers players that visited Ben Roethlisberger in the hospital to hear of his condition after his motorcycle accident on June 12, 2006. Batch picked up this resiliency from his father, Nilesh Shah, a former steel mill operator.[8]

Batch was again tapped to fill in for Roethlisberger to start the Steelers 2006 season when Roethlisberger had to have an emergency appendectomy the week before the season started. Batch had his best game in over 4 years, throwing for 209 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also threw the first touchdown pass of the 2006 regular season. Batch temporarily replaced Ben Roethlisberger in week 7 in Atlanta when Roethlisberger went down with a concussion. Batch completed 8 of 13 passes for 195 yards and 2 touchdowns, including a 70 yard touchdown pass to Hines Ward.

On August 8, 2008, Batch sustained a broken clavicle in the second quarter of a pre-season game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Heinz Field.[9] The team signed former Jacksonville Jaguars starter Byron Leftwich. Batch was placed on season-ending injured reserve on August 30.

On April 14, 2009, Batch who was an unrestricted free agent after the 2008 season re-signed with the Steelers.

On November 22, 2009 Batch took over in a week 11 game against the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime after Ben Roethlisberger was injured. During the overtime drive, he threw 1 pass for 17 yards, putting them 2 yards out of field goal range. However, on third down, the Steelers opted to run (rather than relying on Batch's arm) which resulted in yards lost and a punt. Batch's wrist was injured during the game and required surgery. He missed 6 weeks, ending his regular season.

On March 26, 2010, Batch re-signed with the Steelers for another 2 seasons, much to the delight of Batch's father, Nilesh Shah.[10]

With Roethlisberger being suspended four games by the NFL to start the 2010 season, and with both Dennis Dixon and Byron Leftwich out with injured knees, Batch led the Steelers to a 38-13 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week three. Batch tied a career high with three touchdown passes. Because of this, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin stated that Batch had earned a starting role in week 4 versus Baltimore (which the Steelers lost 17-14).

Batch signed a one-year contract to remain with the Steelers on April 16, 2012.

After a sternoclavicular (SC) joint and rib injury to Ben Roethlisberger in week 10, and a rib injury to Byron Leftwich in week 11, Batch was the starting quarterback for week 12 matchup vs the Cleveland Browns, during which the Pittsburgh Steelers turned the ball over eight times (three interceptions by Batch and five fumbles by five other players) and lost 20-14. A week later Batch led the Steelers to victory over the division-leading Baltimore Ravens 23-20 in Baltimore. Batch drove the Steelers down the field, connecting with Heath Miller for a game-tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Then, he led the game winning drive which culminated in a Shaun Suisham 42-yard field goal.


In 2006 Batch was presented with the first Jerome Bettis Award for Humanity and Community Service for his work supporting children through his Best of the Batch Foundation and for efforts to upgrade local football fields and basketball courts for area kids.[11] Batch also supports several charities that encourage children to enter the steel mill profession; Batch's father, Nilesh Shah, was a well-known Pittsburgh area steel mill operator.[12]


  2. Kovacevic, Dejan (November 26, 1998). "Homestead cheers native son Batch". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  4. Trotter, Jim. "Bolts miss starters but not plays as defense stars". San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on November 29, 1999.
  9. Bouchette, Ed (2008-08-08). "Batch exits Eagles game with fractured collarbone". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-08-09.
  11. "Batch brings some joy to a joyless place". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. December 20, 2008.

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