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Brooks Bollinger
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Brooks Bollinger at the Vikings 2008 Training Camp.
No. 5, 9, 14
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-11-15) November 15, 1979 (age 34)
Place of birth: Bismarck, North Dakota
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
College: Wisconsin
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 6 / Pick: 200
Debuted in 2004 for the New York Jets
Last played in 2010 for the Florida Tuskers
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2010
TD-INT 9-9
Passing yards 2,226
QB Rating 74.6
Stats at NFL.com
Career UFL statistics as of 2010
TD-INT 21-6
Passing yards 2,926
QB Rating 93.1

Brooks Bollinger (born November 15, 1979) is a retired American football quarterback and current coach. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Wisconsin.

Bollinger has also been a member of the Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, and Detroit Lions.

Bollinger announced his intention to retire from professional football in January, 2011.[1]

Early years[edit]

Bollinger played quarterback for Central High School in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He played in every game while attending the school and passed for 40 touchdowns and ran for 19 more.

He was also drafted twice by the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, both times in the 50th round.[2]

College career[edit]

Bollinger was a four-year starting quarterback for the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In 2000, Bollinger, a redshirt freshman starter, assisted the Badgers in their second straight Rose Bowl victory along with teammate and Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne. The following year, Bollinger played in the Sun Bowl and defeated the UCLA Bruins. In one of the University of Wisconsin school papers, The Badger Herald, a full front page article praised the quarterback as a "Triple Threat." The accompanying three pictures of Bollinger showed him scrambling, handing off, and scrambling once again. During his third year, the Badgers could not match the success of the two previous seasons as they posted a 5-7 overall record and did not earn a bowl game berth. Bollinger ended his collegiate career with an overtime victory over the Colorado Buffaloes in the Alamo Bowl. Bollinger finished with a 30-12 record as a starter at UW, a 3-0 bowl game record, and the school's rushing record for quarterbacks with 1,767 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Professional career[edit]

New York Jets[edit]

Bollinger started his Jets career in 2003. As the sixth round draft pick, Bollinger spent the entire year on the bench while Vinny Testaverde and Chad Pennington led the team as quarterbacks. His idle NFL career ended in 2004, when he replaced an injured Quincy Carter to take his first snap in an NFL game against Arizona. Bollinger completed 5 of 9 passes for 60 yards.

Bollinger did not play again until 2005, when first and second-string quarterbacks Chad Pennington and Jay Fiedler were both injured in a game against Jacksonville. This unfortunate series of events kickstarted Bollinger's career as the quarterback for the Jets. After the incident, Jets head coach Herman Edwards tried to bring experience at the QB position to the team by signing veteran quarterback Vinny Testaverde. The 41-year-old Testaverde failed to perform up to expectations and was benched for Bollinger.

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Bollinger was traded to the Minnesota Vikings in 2006 for defensive tackle C. J. Mosley and a draft pick where he was reunited with new head coach Brad Childress, his offensive coordinator in college. After a game against the Chicago Bears in which Vikings starting quarterback Brad Johnson threw 4 interceptions, Bollinger came in and replaced him. He threw for 70 yards (with seven completions on nine attempts), before he was injured and replaced by rookie Tarvaris Jackson. The injury kept him sidelined through most of his 2006 season.

After some shaky preseason and early season relief efforts in 2007, Bollinger was listed as the 3rd string quarterback on the Minnesota Vikings depth chart.[3] While keeping a positive focus for his team, in early November 2007 Bollinger was ready once again to play his part in the role of the starting quarterback position for an NFL team after yet another series of unfortunate incidents of injuries and failed performances by 1st and 2nd string quarterbacks Tarvaris Jackson and veteran Kelly Holcomb. Bollinger was able to start for the Vikings in week 10 against the Packers, but after a terrible performance by the Vikings in a 0-34 loss, Bollinger was listed as the 2nd string quarterback for week 11 with Jackson taking back the starting position.

In 2008, the Minnesota Vikings drafted USC quarterback John David Booty in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. This meant that Bollinger would be fighting for a third string spot with Booty behind Tarvaris Jackson and veteran Gus Frerotte. After a disappointing preseason, Bollinger lost the third-string spot and was released by the Vikings on August 30, 2008.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On September 8, 2008, Bollinger was signed by the Dallas Cowboys after the team waived wide receiver Mike Jefferson. Bollinger was listed as the third string QB, backing up starter Tony Romo and his backup Brad Johnson. During week 6 of the season, Romo injured a finger on his throwing hand, leaving him out for a few games. After some failed performances by the veteran Brad Johnson, Bollinger made his first appearance for the Cowboys in the second half of the week 9 game against the New York Giants. Bollinger had only been working with the Cowboys starting line for a week prior to the game. With heavy pressure by the Giants defensive line, his first pass play he threw an interception which contributed to one of the Giants touchdowns. As the Cowboys offensive line performed terribly, Bollinger was sacked a number of times in his next few drives. However, later that quarter and into the start of the 4th quarter, with the Giants letting up and after the removal of several starters, Bollinger subsequently managed to lead a 75 yard scoring drive against the Giant defense, which was ranked 1st in the league at the time. He threw his first NFL touchdown as a Cowboy, a soft 9-yard pass to Terrell Owens. With Romo returning the next game and remaining healthy enough to play, Bollinger did not see any action until week 17 against the Eagles to replace a badly beat up Romo, throwing 1 pass for 8 yards to rookie tight end Martellus Bennett, thus ending the 4th quarter and the season for the Cowboys. Bollinger was not re-signed by the Cowboys after the 2008 NFL season.

Detroit Lions[edit]

Bollinger signed a pre-season contract with the Detroit Lions on September 1, 2009, but was cut September 5, 2009 after the final preseason game.

Florida Tuskers[edit]

Bollinger was drafted by the Florida Tuskers in the UFL's Inaugural draft. The Tuskers retained his UFL rights as he worked in the Detroit Lions training camp. He was signed by the Tuskers on September 22, 2009. In the 2009 season, he led the Tuskers to the championship game with a perfect 6–0 regular season record. Bollinger was the league leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, completion percentage, and completed passes. Though the Tuskers lost the championship, Bollinger was named season MVP through an online and text message vote by fans.[4] Bollinger had a tough start in the 2010 UFL season, going 2-2 in the first half of the season, and then receiving rib, neck and thumb injuries during the Week 6 game against the Sacramento Mountain Lions. Bollinger would not play for the rest of the season as backup QB Chris Greisen took the Tuskers back to the UFL Championship, which they would later lose, once again to the Las Vegas Locomotives. After the season, due to his injuries Bollinger decided to retire from professional football. On February 1, 2011 Bollinger announced that he would take over as Head Coach for the Hill-Murray Pioneers of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Coaching career[edit]

Bollinger was the head coach at Hill-Murray and led them to their first state tournament berth in recent history. On February 27, 2012, he was announced as the quarterbacks coach at the University of Pittsburgh under head coach Paul Chryst. After the 2013 season, Chryst announced that Bollinger had left the program to pursue non-coaching opportunities.[5]


  1. ^ "Former NFL quarterback Bollinger calling it a football career". NFL.com. 2011-01-17. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  2. ^ "Los Angeles Dodgers 50th round picks". Baseball-reference.com. 2008-10-30. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  3. ^ "Minnesota Vikings Depth Chart". NFL.com. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Hinnen, Jerry (Feb 14, 2014). "Brooks Bollinger leaves Pitt staff, John Settle hired as RB coach". CBS Sports. Retrieved Aug 12, 2014. 

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