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Gus Frerotte

Gus Frerotte during the Vikings 2008 Training Camp.
No. --     Free Agent
Personal information
Date of birth: July 31, 1971 (1971-07-31) (age 38)
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
Career history
 As player:
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 (pronounced /fəˈrɒt/; born July 31, 1971 in Kittanning, Pennsylvania) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. He was originally drafted by the Washington Redskins in the seventh round of the 1994 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tulsa.

Frerotte, who was selected to the Pro Bowl while with the Redskins in 1996, has also played for the Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos, Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings again, totaling seven different teams.


Early years

Frerotte attended Ford City High School in Ford City, Pennsylvania and was a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. In baseball, he was a four-year letterman. Frerotte graduated from Ford City High School in 1989.

Frerotte is the cousin of Mitch Frerotte, a former offensive lineman who played for the Buffalo Bills during the 1990s and died in 2008.

College career

At the University of Tulsa, he finished his college career as the school's second-ranked all-time passer behind T. J. Rubley, a teammate from 1991–92. 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 handled punting duties for the team and averaged 35.5 yards per punt. As a redshirt freshman, he was forced into starting role for eight games in 1990 after Rubley was injured, starting his first career game at Oklahoma. During his time as an undergraduate, he joined the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

Professional career


Washington Redskins

His professional career started with the Washington Redskins in 1994. Frerotte was picked in the seventh round of the draft. Earlier in that 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 pro game. Frerotte would retain the starting job until Opening Day 1998.

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

Detroit Lions

In 1999, he played for the Detroit Lions, where he backed up Charlie Batch. Frerotte started for the Lions in the playoffs, as Batch was injured.

Denver Broncos

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

Cincinnati Bengals

He joined the Cincinnati Bengals in 2002, winning the starting job before giving way three games in to the season 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 was attempting to avoid a sack by Orpheus Roye so he threw the ball with his left hand and it landed right into the hands of Kenard Lang, who returned the ball 71 yards the to the Bengals 8 yard line.

First stint with Vikings

In 2003 and 2004, Frerotte backed up Daunte Culpepper for the Minnesota Vikings. As a starter he was 2–0 with the Vikings.

Miami Dolphins

Frerotte earned the Miami Dolphins starting job in 2005. He guided the Dolphins to a 9–6 record, starting 15 games and throwing for 18 touchdowns against 13 interceptions, including 2 touchdowns in an upset victory over the Denver Broncos in Week 1. He completed 52% of his passes and finished the season with a 71.9 quarterback rating.

St. Louis Rams

Afterward, he joined the St. Louis Rams as back-up to Marc Bulger. St. Louis cut Frerotte after two seasons on February 28, 2008. [1]

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.

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. He later went on to score a touchdown on a quarterback sneak in the same game.

Under him, Frerotte led the Vikings to an 8-3 record before suffering a back injury, which restarted Tarvaris Jackson. Frerotte had expressed interest in being the starting quarterback for the Vikings for the 2009 NFL season, if he returned.

He was released by the Vikings on February 27, 2009, after the team traded for QB Sage Rosenfels.


Married to Ann, has a daughter, Abigaile, and two sons, Gunnar and Gabriel .

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Heath Shuler
Washington Redskins Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Trent Green
Preceded by
Charlie Batch
Detroit Lions Starting Quarterbacks
1999 (with Charlie Batch)
Succeeded by
Charlie Batch
Preceded by
Brian Griese
Denver Broncos Starting Quarterbacks
2000 (with Brian Griese)
Succeeded by
Brian Griese
Preceded by
A.J. Feeley and Jay Fiedler
Miami Dolphins Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Daunte Culpepper
Preceded by
Tarvaris Jackson
Minnesota Vikings Starting Quarterbacks
2008 (with Tarvaris Jackson)
Succeeded by
Brett Favre


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