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Gus Frerotte

Gus Frerotte
Gus Frerotte during the Vikings 2008 Training Camp.
No. 12, 11
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1971-07-31) July 31, 1971
Place of birth: Kittanning, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 233 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school: Ford City (PA)
College: Tulsa
NFL draft: 1994 / Round: 7 / Pick: 197
Career history
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
TDINT: 114–106
Passing yards: 21,291
QB Rating: 74.2
Stats at

Gustave Joseph "Gus" Frerotte (; 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 years 1
  • College career 2
  • Professional career 3
    • Washington Redskins 3.1
    • Detroit Lions 3.2
    • Denver Broncos 3.3
    • Cincinnati Bengals 3.4
    • 2003–2007: Vikings, Dolphins, and Rams 3.5
    • Second stint with Vikings 3.6
    • After retirement 3.7
    • NFL stats 3.8
  • Personal life 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

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 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 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 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.

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.

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 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 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]

NFL stats

Year Team Games Completions Attempts Completion Percentage Yards Yards per Completion Touchdowns Longest Completion Interceptions Fumbles Passer Rating
1994 WSH 4 46 100 46.0 600 6.00 5 51 5 2 61.3
1995 WSH 16 199 396 50.3 2,751 6.95 13 73 13 3 70.2
1996 WSH 16 270 470 57.4 3,453 7.35 12 52 11 7 79.3
1997 WSH 13 204 402 50.7 2,682 6.67 17 52 12 4 73.8
1998 WSH 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

Personal life

Gus Frerotte is married to Ann, with whom he has a daughter, Abigaile, and two sons, Gunnar and Gabriel. He is now the quarterbacks coach at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where his son Gunnar is a quarterback.


  1. ^ "Gus Frerotte". Pro-Football-Reference.Com. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ Young, Troy (February 12, 2005). "Climbing the Hill".  (subscription required)
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  5. ^ Auten, Brett (2011-01-19). "Frerotte named football coach at Burroughs; Small to retire". Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  6. ^ "Gus Frerotte Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 

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