Gus Frerotte

Gustave Joseph 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.

Gus Frerotte
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Gus Frerotte in Vikings training camp (2008)
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Personal information
Born:July 31, 1971 (age 47)
Kittanning, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:233 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school:Ford City (PA)
NFL Draft:1994 / Round: 7 / Pick: 197
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards:21,291
QB Rating:74.2
Player stats at

Early years

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 career

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 collegiate 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 career

Washington Redskins

Frerotte was picked in the seventh round of the draft with the 197th overall pick 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 sprained 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.

During his Pro Bowl season in 1996 (actual Pro Bowl Game played in February 1997), Frerotte passed for 3,453 yards (6th best in NFL and his career high), also ranking 9th in pass completions, finishing the year completing 270 of 470 passes. Frerotte also ranked 3rd in the league in average yards per pass completion (12.3). Frerotte had led the league in that category the season before (13.8 yards per completion), his first as a steady starter (16 games, 11 starts), finishing that year with 199 completions in 396 attempts for 2,751 yards with 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Detroit Lions

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.

The 1999 season statistically was one of Frerotte's best, posting a career-high 60.2% completion percentage (4th best in NFL) and an 83.6 passer rating (9th best in NFL and best of Frerotte's career when starting 6 or more games). He also finished in the NFL Top 10 for Highest Average yards Per Pass Attempt at 6.88 (9th in NFL) & Passing Yards Per Game at 235.2 (8th in NFL). Frerotte's best game of the season came vs Chicago (11/25/99) completing a career best (up to this point) 29 completions for 309 yards with 2 Touchdowns and no interceptions, a key player in a narrow 21-17 win. The following week Frerotte again played well, this time facing his former team, helping Detroit beat Washington 33-17 completing 21 of 32 passes for 280 yards with 1 Touchdown and no interceptions. Frerotte established a then career high 375 yards, completing 24 of 39 passes again with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions in a losing effort vs Arizona on 11/14/99 (Full Season Statistics courtesy of Pro Football and individual game statistics courtesy of

Denver Broncos

In 2000, Gus was a backup for the Denver Broncos. After Brian Griese was injured, he led the Broncos to the playoffs. The team lost in the opening round to the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. He remained the Broncos' backup until the 2001 NFL season was over.

Playing in 10 games (6 starts) subbing for the injured Griese, Frerotte lead Denver to four wins in his six starts, finishing the season with a 59.8% completion percentage (2nd best of career in a season with 6 or more starts), passing for 1,776 yards with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. Frerotte finished 4th in the league in Average Yards Per Pass Completion (12.9) and 10th in Average Yards Per Pass Attempt (6.88).

Among his more notable performances, Frerotte quarterbacked a wild 38-37 win over Division Rival San Diego on November 19, overcoming 4 interceptions and a lost fumble by passing for a career-high 462 yards and 5 Touchdowns. He was far more efficient in wins over New Orleans on 12/03/00 (11 completions in 16 attempts for 201 yards, 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions) and in the regular season finale vs San Francisco on 12/23/00 (18 completions in 29 attempts for 205 yards, 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions). At one stretch Denver scored at least 38 points in three consecutive games with Frerotte starting at quarterback (11/19/00 vs San Diego, 11/25/00 vs Seattle, 12/03/00 vs New Orleans). (Full season statistics courtesy of Pro Football and individual game statistics courtesy of

Cincinnati Bengals

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 coach 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 and former teammate with the Washington Redskins, Kenard Lang, who returned the ball 71 yards to the Bengals 8-yard line.

2003–2007: Vikings, Dolphins, and Rams

In 2003 and 2004, Frerotte backed up Daunte Culpepper for the Minnesota Vikings, and served as the team's holder on field goals.[2] 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 with the team on February 28, 2008.[3]

Second stint with Vikings

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 retirement

As of December 2010, Frerotte works for GAIMPlan Consulting which helps high school athletes pick a college.[4] 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.[5] In 2017, Frerotte joined Coraopolis, PA-based startup RC21X, serving as the Vice President of Brain Health Initiatives. The company developed a cloud-based tool to monitor brain performance. Frerotte also serves as a brand ambassador for the firm.

NFL statistics

Year Team GP Cmp Att Cmp% Yds Avg TD Lng Int Fmb Rate
1994 WAS 4 46 100 46.0 600 6.00 5 51 5 2 61.3
1995 WAS 16 199 396 50.3 2,751 6.95 13 73 13 3 70.2
1996 WAS 16 270 470 57.4 3,453 7.35 12 52 11 7 79.3
1997 WAS 13 204 402 50.7 2,682 6.67 17 52 12 4 73.8
1998 WAS 3 25 54 46.3 283 5.24 1 22 3 0 45.5
1999 DET 9 175 288 60.8 2,117 7.35 9 77 7 3 83.6
2000 DEN 10 138 232 59.5 1,776 7.66 9 44 8 5 82.1
2001 DEN 4 30 48 62.5 308 6.42 3 26 0 2 101.7
2002 CIN 4 44 85 51.8 437 5.14 1 51 5 2 46.1
2003 MIN 16 38 65 58.5 690 10.62 7 72 2 0 118.1
2004 MIN 16 0 1 0.0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 39.6
2005 MIA 16 257 494 52.0 2,996 6.07 18 60 13 9 71.9
2006 STL 1 1 3 33.3 27 9.00 0 27 0 0 67.4
2007 STL 8 94 167 56.3 1,014 6.07 7 38 12 2 58.3
2008 MIN 11 178 301 59.1 2,157 7.17 12 99 15 2 73.7
Career 147 1,699 3,106 54.7 21,291 6.86 114 99 106 41 74.2



  1. ^ "Gus Frerotte". Pro-Football-Reference.Com. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  2. ^ Young, Troy (February 12, 2005). "Climbing the Hill". Retrieved September 3, 2014.(subscription required)
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  5. ^ Auten, Brett (January 19, 2011). "Frerotte named football coach at Burroughs; Small to retire". Retrieved November 23, 2012.
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1990 Tulsa Golden Hurricane football team

The 1990 Tulsa Golden Hurricane football team represented the University of Tulsa during the 1990 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their third year under head coach David Rader, the Golden Hurricane compiled a 3–8 record. The team's statistical leaders included quarterback Gus Frerotte with 1,066 passing yards, Chris Hughley with 700 rushing yards, and Frank Cassano with 464 receiving yards.

1992 Tulsa Golden Hurricane football team

The 1992 Tulsa Golden Hurricane football team represented the University of Tulsa during the 1992 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their fifth year under head coach David Rader, the Golden Hurricane compiled a 4–7 record. The team's statistical leaders included quarterback Gus Frerotte with 1,467 passing yards, Lamont Headd with 827 rushing yards, and Gary Brown with 560 receiving yards.

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The 1999 Detroit Lions season was their 70th in the league. The team improved upon their previous season's output of 5–11 and qualified for the playoffs, with a .500 record at 8-8. It would be their sixth playoff appearance of the decade, capping one of the most successful 10-year stretches in franchise history.

In 2004, Football Outsiders' Mike Tanier named the 1999 Lions as one of the "worst playoff teams ever":The Lions had just lost Barry Sanders to an abrupt retirement and started the season with second-year pro Charlie Batch at quarterback before he was lost to an injury and replaced by Gus Frerotte.

The team got out to a 6–2 start, including a win over the eventual Super Bowl Champion St. Louis Rams, that made the Lions a surprise contender at the midway point in the season. After topping out at 8-4, however, the Lions collapsed and lost their final four games.

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