Brooks Bollinger

Brooks Michael Bollinger (born November 15, 1979) is a former 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, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and Florida Tuskers.

Brooks Bollinger
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Bollinger during Vikings training camp in 2008.
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Personal information
Born:November 15, 1979 (age 39)
Bismarck, North Dakota
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Grand Forks (ND) Central
NFL Draft:2003 / Round: 6 / Pick: 200
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards:2,226
QB rating:74.6
Player stats at

Early years

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 in 2000 and 2001 by the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, both times in the 50th round.[1]

College career

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

New York Jets

Bollinger started his professional football career with the New York Jets 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

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.[2] 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

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

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

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.[3] 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 quarterback 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.

Bollinger announced his intention to retire from professional football in January 2011.[4]

Coaching career

Bollinger was the head coach at Hill-Murray School in St. Paul and led them to their first state tournament berth in recent history. In 2012, he became the quarterbacks coach at the University of Pittsburgh, but left the program to pursue non-coaching opportunities after the 2013 season. Currently, Bollinger is the quarterbacks coach for Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, a school known for turning out Division I-caliber college football talents.[5] On December 21, 2015, Bollinger was named the head football coach at Cretin-Derham Hall, after longtime coach Mike Scanlan resigned.[6]


  1. ^ "Los Angeles Dodgers 50th round picks". 2008-10-30. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
  2. ^ "Minnesota Vikings Depth Chart". Retrieved 2009-03-15.
  3. ^ [1] Archived December 11, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Former NFL quarterback Bollinger calling it a football career". 2011-01-17. Retrieved 2010-01-17.
  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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External links

1999 Wisconsin Badgers football team

The 1999 Wisconsin Badgers football team represented the University of Wisconsin in the 1999 NCAA Division I-A football season.

2000 Sun Bowl

The 2000 Wells Fargo Sun Bowl featured the UCLA Bruins, and the Wisconsin Badgers.

Wisconsin opened the scoring, after quarterback Brooks Bollinger threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Lee Evans for an early 7-0 lead. UCLA responded when Cory Paus threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Mitchell to even the score at 7. UCLA's Chris Griffin added a 31-yard field goal to push UCLA's lead to 10-7.

In the second quarter, running back DeShaun Foster rushed 7 yards for a touchdown, to increase the lead to 17-7. In the third quarter, Chris Griffin kicked his second field goal of the game, a 25 yarder, to move the lead to 20-7. Brooks Bollinger later found wide receiver Chris Chambers for a 3-yard touchdown pass, cutting the lead to 20-14. Michael Bennett's 6-yard touchdown run gave the Badgers a 21-20 lead, and eventually the ball game.

2000 Wisconsin Badgers football team

The 2000 Wisconsin Badgers football team represented the University of Wisconsin in the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season.

2001 Wisconsin Badgers football team

The 2001 Wisconsin Badgers football team represented the University of Wisconsin in the 2001 NCAA Division I-A football season.

2002 Alamo Bowl

The 2002 Alamo Bowl featured the Wisconsin Badgers and the Colorado Buffaloes.

Colorado got on the board first, following a 91-yard interception return by Colorado cornerback Donald Strickland. Anthony Davis scored Wisconsin's first points, as he rushed 7 yards for a touchdown, to tie the game at 7. Colorado quarterback Robert Hodge threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver D. J. Hackett, to give Colorado a 14–7 lead.

Brooks Bollinger connected with wide receiver Brandon Williams for a 10-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 14. He later threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Darrin Charles to give Wisconsin a 21–14 lead, that held during halftime. Chris Brown rushed four yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, to tie the game at 21.

Zac Colvin threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Hackett to give Colorado a 28–21 lead. In the fourth quarter, Bollinger rushed one yard for a touchdown to tie the game at 28 in the final minute. The game headed into overtime, where the Wisconsin defense pushed Colorado backward, forcing them to take a 45-yard FG, which missed wide right. Wisconsin then just needed to stay in FG range, and Mike Allen kicked a 37-yard field goal to win the game for Wisconsin, 31–28.

2002 Wisconsin Badgers football team

The 2002 Wisconsin Badgers football team represented the University of Wisconsin in the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season.

2003 New York Jets season

The 2003 New York Jets season was the franchise's 34th season in the National Football League (NFL), the 44th season overall, and the third under head coach Herman Edwards. The team tried to improve upon its 9–7 record from 2002 and defend its AFC East title, but the Jets failed to do so and finished with a record of 6–10 missing the playoffs for the first time since 2000.

2009 Florida Tuskers season

The 2009 Florida Tuskers season was the first season for the Florida Tuskers. In the UFL's Premiere Season, the Tuskers put together a league-best, undefeated 6–0 record. In the championship game however, they lost to the Las Vegas Locomotives in overtime.

The Tuskers played three home games in the six game regular season. Two games were played at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, and one was played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.

Following the conclusion of the season, quarterback Brooks Bollinger was named season MVP, and head coach Jim Haslett was given the Coach of the Year award.

2009 Las Vegas Locomotives season

The 2009 Las Vegas Locomotives season was the first season for the Las Vegas Locomotives. In the United Football League's Premiere Season, the Locomotives posted a 4–2 record, finishing in second place. They defeated the Florida Tuskers in the 2009 UFL Championship Game in overtime.

2009 New York Sentinels season

The 2009 New York Sentinels season was the first and only season for the New York Sentinels. In the United Football League's Premiere Season, the Sentinels went winless by posting a 0–6 record, finishing in fourth place.

2009 UFL season

The 2009 United Football League season -- referred to by the professional American football league as the UFL Premiere Season—was the inaugural season of the United Football League. The regular season featured 4 teams playing 6 games each (twice against each of the other teams), and both began and ended at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Sam Boyd Stadium was the site of the 2009 UFL Championship Game on November 27, a game that saw the Locomotives defeat the previously unbeaten Florida Tuskers 20–17 in overtime.

2010 Florida Tuskers season

The 2010 Florida Tuskers season was the second and final season for the Virginia Destroyers as the Florida Tuskers. They finished with a 5–3 regular season record and lost in the 2010 UFL Championship Game to the Las Vegas Locomotives for a second straight season.

2010 Las Vegas Locomotives season

The 2010 Las Vegas Locomotives season was the second season for the United Football League franchise. They finished with a 5–3 record and defended their UFL Championship by defeating the Florida Tuskers, 23–20, in the 2010 UFL Championship Game.

2010 UFL Championship Game

The 2010 UFL Championship Game was the concluding game of the United Football League's 2010 season. The game was staged at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska on Saturday, November 27, 2010, and saw the Las Vegas Locomotives repeat as league champions, defeating the Florida Tuskers by a 23–20 score.

2012 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

The 2012 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Panthers were led by first-year head coach Paul Chryst and played their home games at Heinz Field. They were a member of the Big East Conference. This was Pitt's last season as a member of the Big East. Next season, they began play in the ACC.

List of Minnesota Vikings starting quarterbacks

The Minnesota Vikings are a professional American football team based in Minneapolis. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). A franchise was granted to Minneapolis businessmen Bill Boyer, H. P. Skoglund and Max Winter in 1959 as a member of the American Football League (AFL). The ownership forfeited their AFL membership in January 1960 and received the National Football League's 14th franchise on January 28, 1960 that started play in 1961.The Vikings have had 36 starting quarterbacks in the history of their franchise; they have never had more than three starting quarterbacks in one season. The Vikings' past starting quarterbacks include Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees Fran Tarkenton, Brett Favre and Warren Moon. The team's first starting quarterback was George Shaw; he was replaced by Tarkenton in the franchise's first game, and the future Hall of Famer retained the starting role for most of the remainder of the season. As of the 2018 season, Minnesota's starting quarterback is Kirk Cousins.

List of New York Jets starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the New York Jets of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Jets.

Wisconsin Badgers football statistical leaders

The Wisconsin Badgers football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Wisconsin Badgers football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Badgers represent the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the NCAA's Big 10 Conference.

Although Wisconsin began competing in intercollegiate football in 1889, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1946. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1946, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Badgers have reached a bowl game every year since then, giving recent players an extra game each year to accumulate statistics.

Similarly, the Badgers have played in the Big Ten Football Championship Game four times since its establishment in 2011.These lists are updated through Wisconsin's game against Miami on December 27, 2018.

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