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Sage Rosenfels
No. 2     Minnesota Vikings
Personal information
Date of birth: March 6, 1978 (1978-03-06) (age 32)
Place of birth: Maquoketa, Iowa
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
College: Iowa State
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 4 / Pick: 109
Debuted in 2002 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
TD-INT     30-29
Passing yards     4,156
QB Rating     81.2
Stats at

Sage Rosenfels (born March 6, 1978) is an American football quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft and has also played with the Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans. He played college football at Iowa State.


Early years

Rosenfels was born in Maquoketa, Iowa. He attended Maquoketa High School where he was a letterman in football, basketball, baseball, tennis, and track, as well as a member of the National Honor Society. In football, he played quarterback, defensive back, punter, and kicker. As a senior, he was a first team All-District selection, and was named as an All-Eastern Iowa selection by the Quad City Times and the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, and was honored as a second team Class 3-A All-State defensive back by the Des Moines Register. In basketball, he was a three-year starter. As a junior, he was an All-State Honorable Mention selection. As a senior, he named as an All-Eastern Iowa selection by the Quad City Times, and was an All-State selection. In baseball, he was twice named as an All-District selection, was a two-time All-Conference selection, and was a two-time All-State selection. In tennis, he was a four-year letterman. In the only season he competed in track, Rosenfels was a member of the 4x200-meter relay team which placed at the State Championships. He graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1996 with a 3.4 GPA.

College career

At Iowa State for the 2000 season, Rosenfels led the Cyclones in their victory against the University of Pittsburgh in the Bowl. Rosenfels was named Offensive MVP of the Bowl and Offensive MVP of the team for the 2000 season. The win against Pittsburgh was the first bowl victory in the history of Iowa State Football.

Professional career


Washington Redskins

Rosenfels, selected by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft, spent one season as the team's third-string quarterback.

Miami Dolphins

He was acquired by the Miami Dolphins on August 22, 2002 in exchange for a 2003 seventh round draft pick.

In 2005, Rosenfels led Miami's biggest comeback since 1974, when he entered their Week 13 game against the Buffalo Bills. After Gus Frerotte was sidelined by a concussion in the third quarter, Rosenfels entered the game with the Dolphins trailing 23–3. Rosenfels led the team on three fourth-quarter scoring drives as they beat the Bills, 24–23.[1]

Two weeks later, Rosenfels entered the game at halftime versus the New York Jets with the score tied 10-10 and led them on two scoring drives to get the win 24-20.

Houston Texans

He signed with the Houston Texans as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2006.

In 2006, the Houston Texans trailed the Tennessee Titans 21-3 before he threw three second-half touchdown passes to cut the lead to 28-22 as time ended the comeback.

The Sporting News' February 2007 offseason awards issue predicted that Sage would be 2007's Tony Romo, the breakout quarterback of the year coming from a backup role.

In 2007, the Houston Texans trailed the Tennessee Titans 32-7 entering the fourth quarter. Rosenfels tied an NFL record by throwing four 4th-quarter touchdown passes to give the Texans a 36-35 lead before Rob Bironas kicked his NFL-record 8th field goal to give the Titans a 38-36 win. Rosenfels finished the 2007 season at 4-1 as a starter, in comparison to Matt Schaub's 4-7 on the season.[2]

In 2008, Rosenfels started in the Texans' home opener against the Indianapolis Colts. Although Rosenfels had led the team to a 27–10 lead with 8:18 remaining, Indianapolis scored a touchdown to make the score 27–17 with 4:04 left. In that span, Rosenfels turned the ball over three times: the first two turnovers, both fumbles, both led to Indianapolis touchdowns, putting the Colts ahead 31–27; the third, an interception, sealed the Texans loss. Rosenfels was helicoptered in midair after getting hit by three Indianapolis defenders, causing him to fumble the ball.

Due to Matt Schaub's knee injury mid-way through the 2008 season, Rosenfels started a four game stretch which began with a loss to the Baltimore Ravens at home.

Rosenfels got his first win as a starter in 2008 in a November game against the Cleveland Browns. His second win of the season came against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Houston Texans' first ever Monday Night Football appearance.

In his three seasons with the Texans, Rosenfels went 6-4 as a starter.

Minnesota Vikings

Rosenfels was acquired from the Texans by the Minnesota Vikings on February 27, 2009. In exchange for Rosenfels, the Texans received a fourth-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. After failing to negotiate the rights to No. 18 from wide receiver Sidney Rice, Rosenfels decided to wear No. 2 because he has two children and his favorite band is U2.[3] Rosenfels was originally supposed to battle Tarvaris Jackson for the starting spot, but his role changed to third-string quarterback after Brett Favre was signed.


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