|Posted on December 25, 2016 at 8:30 PM|
As a quarterback in the NFL, Gus Frerotte played in a total of 147 games over a span of 15 seasons. Starting for the Redskins, Lions, Broncos, Bengals, Vikings, Dolphins and Rams, he finished his career with more than 20,000 passing yards and over 100 touchdown passes. In this QBS exclusive, I talk with Gus about his accomplishments, his transition to coaching High School football and what he’s been up to since the time of his retirement following the 2008 NFL season.
Ryan: What do you miss most about playing in the NFL?
Gus: “Obviously I miss the excitement of playing the greatest game in the world! Moments like running through the tunnel, seeing the stadium packed and lining up to take the snap with my teammates are memories that I will always cherish. The bonds that are made on a team can never be broken. The exuberance that comes from designing a play, practicing that play and then executing it on the field for the winning score is unlike anything else I have ever done, besides getting married to my wife Ann and watching all three of my children be born (Abby, Gunnar and Gabe). The enjoyment of being around my buddies in the locker room is a feeling that will stay with me forever. Joy, sadness, laughter, crying, fights, you name it and we have experienced it together.”
Ryan: What was it like to transition from your role as a starting quarterback in the NFL, to a High School quarterback's coach, to a High School Head Coach?
Gus: “The transition is very hard. People may say it isn’t difficult but it is. I am very lucky to always have the support of my wife and kids. They keep me busy! Coaching was a real joy. I was able to stay involved in the game and pass on the knowledge that I acquired from coaches, peers and game experience. The language and techniques that were used in the NFL were much different than the language and techniques you have to use in High School. It is a great feeling to watch a group of young men come together and become a team and a loving family. In my opinion, developing that closeness and becoming a family is the only way you can achieve success.”
Ryan: I’m a stat's guy so I'll throw some numbers at you. Your 21,291 career passing yards exceed the career totals of Jim Zorn (21,115), Earl Morrall (20,809) and Daryle Lamonica (19,154). In 1996, your 3,453 passing yards were more than John Elway (3,328) and Troy Aikman (3,126). In 2003, your 118.1 passer rating (albeit, in two starts) was higher than Peyton Manning's (99.0), Brett Favre's (90.4) and Tom Brady's (85.9). But, I'm sure you already knew that, right?
Gus: “Wow a ton of names and numbers there. I am very proud to have played as long as I did. It is always an honor to see my name listed with some of the names you mentioned. I think I had over 120 starts as well.”
Ryan: You had to face the 2000 Ravens' defense, in Baltimore, in the postseason. What was that experience like?
Gus: “That was a very exciting, yet disappointing day. They were one of the best defenses ever assembled. You couldn’t run it because of their front seven and you couldn’t throw it because you had no time and they jumped every route. Plus, the wind was so intense that day. We knew that if we could score 14, we had a chance, but it never happened. If we could have played them in Denver it may have been different, but I doubt it. They became world Champions for a reason. They always found a way to win!”
Ryan: In 1999, you faced the eventual Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams, completing 75% of your passes for 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions in route to a 156.2 passer rating—and a 31-27 win. What do you remember about that game?
Gus: “The Rams offense was called The Greatest Show on Turf and we knew it would be a tough game. Our team that year was a hard-hitting, close knit team that had a ton of fight and we really trusted each other. I loved that team and enjoyed every moment I spent in that old Silverdome. I have so many memories from that place. Two plays I remember are both passes at the end of the game. I was just sacked three times in a row and it was 4th and 25, I think. We call ‘All Go’ and I can still remember the corner sitting flat footed and Germaine Crowell stepping on his toes and running by him. Needless to say, we picked up the first down on a forty, or so, yard play.
The next play, we called another pass and my line gave me great protection. I went through my reads and had to move a bit and then I found Johnny Morton on a broken route and threw it to the front pylon in the end zone and Johnny made a great catch and we scored a touchdown to take the lead. There was still enough time on the clock for the Rams to execute one last drive. We all knew that they were capable of scoring quickly. Our defense holds, we win the game and the people that were left in the stands go nuts.
After the game my wife and I go out to eat with friends, Kelly and Dave Hager, to our favorite place, The Rochester Chop House. I asked for a seat and the girl at the stand asked if we saw the end of the game tonight. I said “No, what happened?” and she told us how exciting it was and how this quarterback, whose name she couldn’t remember, was on fire and how he played his ass off. It was pretty funny and very humbling.”
Ryan: To those who might not be familiar, tell us a little bit about Brain Performance Monitors and what you're doing for www.rc21x.com?
Gus: “I am currently the VP, Brain performance initiatives at RC21X. RC21X is an advanced web-based tool that enables you to measure and monitor your brain performance. Named in honor of baseball legend and humanitarian Roberto Clemente, RC21X, the Thermometer for the BrainSM, features an engaging, simple, game-like platform that empowers people to proactively manage their brain health.
The tool delivers self-administered brain health checkups in about 12 minutes—either in a home or office setting. When warranted, sessions can also be supervised by a healthy adult or health care professional. On the standard session report, RC21X creates a Brain Performance Profile that is compared to what is normal for the user. RC21X can be used daily, weekly or monthly—depending on the user’s desire—as part of a brain wellness program.
I attached some info on our new app coming out at the end of the month. I love this tool for the simple reason that it can help everyone from 6 to 106. RC21X has given me opportunities to connect with old friends and make new ones. You can monitor every other function of your body, using one tool or another, and now, with RC21X you can monitor you brain.
I am also working with two other companies that I would like to mention. 4view, LLC is a technology company that develops miniature global shutter cameras, image stabilization and eye tracking systems. Our website is www.4view.com. I am working with another company called Rocksolid. We make softshell helmets and shoulder pads. Our website is www.liverocksolid.com”
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