Gus Frerotte
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Gus Frerotte during the Vikings 2008 Training Camp.
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1971-07-31) July 31, 1971 (age 47)
Place of birth: Kittanning, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 233 lb (106 kg)
Career information
College: Tulsa
NFL Draft: 1994 / Round: 7 / Pick: 197
Debuted in 1994 for the Washington Redskins
Last played in 2008 for the Minnesota Vikings
Career history
 As player:
 As coach:
*John Burroughs School(2011-present)
(Head Coach)
Roster status: Retired
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl selection (1996)
  • Tied record for longest touchdown pass (99 yards, against the Chicago Bears on November 30, 2008)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
TD-INT     114-106
Passing yards     21,291
QB Rating     74.2
Stats at

Gustave Joseph "Gus" Frerotte (/fəˈrɒt/; born July 31, 1971) is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the seventh round of the 1994 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tulsa. [1]

Frerotte, who was selected to the 1997 Pro Bowl while with the Redskins, also played for the Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos, Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, and St. Louis Rams.

Early yearsEdit

Frerotte attended Ford City High School in Ford City, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh. In high school, he was a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. Frerotte graduated in 1989.

Frerotte is the cousin of Mitch Frerotte, an offensive lineman who played for the Buffalo Bills during the 1990s.

College careerEdit

At the University of Tulsa, he started eight games as a redshirt freshman in 1990 after quarterback T.J. Rubley was injured, starting his first career game at Oklahoma. He finished his college career as the school's second-ranked all-time passer, behind Rubley. During his career, he threw for 5,480 yards and 32 touchdowns on 432-of-860 passing. His 2,871 passing yards as a senior were the most by a Tulsa quarterback in 28 years. As a sophomore, Frerotte also handled punting duties for the team and averaged 35.5 yards per punt.

As an undergraduate, he joined the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

Professional careerEdit

Washington RedskinsEdit

Frerotte was picked in the seventh round of the draft by the Washington Redskins; earlier in the same draft, the Redskins had selected Heath Shuler with their first-round pick (third overall). However, by the next season Frerotte was the starting quarterback due to Shuler's injuries and struggles adjusting to the professional game. Frerotte would retain the starting job until 1998.

Frerotte was selected to the 1997 Pro Bowl, but may be better remembered for spraining his neck by ramming his head into a padded cement wall during a touchdown celebration in a 7–7 tie against the New York Giants on ESPN Sunday Night Football.

Detroit LionsEdit

In 1999, he played for the Detroit Lions, where he backed up Charlie Batch. Frerotte wound up starting for the Lions in the playoffs while Batch was out with injuries; the Lions lost in the Wild Card round to the Redskins, Frerotte's former team, 27-13.

Denver BroncosEdit

In 2000, he started for the Denver Broncos after Brian Griese was injured and led the Broncos to the playoffs, though the team fell in the opening round to eventual Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens. He remained the Broncos' backup until the end of the 2001 NFL season.

Cincinnati BengalsEdit

He joined the Cincinnati Bengals in 2002, winning the starting job before losing the position after three games to Jon Kitna under the soon-to-be-fired Dick LeBeau. His most notable play with the Bengals came against the Cleveland Browns on September 15: Frerotte, attempting to avoid a sack by Orpheus Roye, threw the ball with his left hand (Frerrotte is right-handed) and was intercepted by Browns defensive lineman Kenard Lang, who returned the ball 71 yards to the Bengals 8-yard line.

2003-2007: Vikings, Dolphins, and RamsEdit

In 2003 and 2004, Frerotte backed up Daunte Culpepper for the Minnesota Vikings. He won both games as a temporary starter for the team in 2003.

Frerotte earned the Miami Dolphins starting job in 2005. He started 15 games, guiding the Dolphins to a 9–6 record, throwing for 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, completing 52% of his passes and finished the season with a 71.9 quarterback rating.

After, he joined the St. Louis Rams as back-up to Marc Bulger. St. Louis cut Frerotte after two seasons on February 28, 2008.[2]

Second stint with VikingsEdit

On April 1, 2008 he returned to the Vikings, signing a two-year, 3.75 million dollar deal. He was Tarvaris Jackson's backup for the first two games of the year. On September 17, 2008, he was named the starter for the rest of the 2008 season by head coach Brad Childress. Frerotte led the Vikings to an 8-3 record before suffering a back injury, which reinstated Jackson as the starter.

On November 30, 2008, Frerotte tied the NFL record for the longest pass from scrimmage by throwing a 99-yard touchdown pass to Bernard Berrian against the Chicago Bears.

Frerotte had expressed interest in being the starting quarterback for the Vikings for the 2009 NFL season, but was released on February 27, 2009, after the team traded for quarterback Sage Rosenfels. The Vikings, however, would end up signing Brett Favre to be their eventual starter.

After RetirementEdit

As of December 2010, Frerotte works for GAIMPlan Consulting which helps high school athletes pick a college.[3] On January 19, 2011, Frerotte announced he would be taking over as head coach at John Burroughs School in the St. Louis area. His teams were runners up in the state championship game in 2011 and 2012.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Gus Frerotte is married to Ann, with whom he has a daughter, Abigaile, and two sons, Gunnar and Gabriel .


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