MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Former Minnesota Vikings player Brooks Bollinger has been selected to coach football at Hill-Murray School in Maplewood, Minn., WCCO’s Mike Max reports.

Thirty-one-year-old Bollinger played quarterback at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before being drafted by the New York Jets.

He played for the Vikings in 2006 and 2007. He was sidelined by an injury for much of the 2006 season.

Comments (11)
  1. Phid says:

    Good for him. I didn’t know he was out of pro football. It’s good to see former players sticking around in Minnesota rather than making a beeline for places like Florida or California.

    1. matt says:

      Former players move away to the warm weather areas becuase that is where they are originally from and they want to be around family and friends. Bollinger is from ND and went to school in WI, that is why he is staying in this area.

  2. Brian says:

    For the sake of the kids that he’s coaching lets hope he can coach better than he could play.

    1. Nick says:

      Brooks was a great player. He was just out of his size at the pro level. He will be a great coach

    2. Dave Bollinger says:

      If he teaches just one kid to play as well as he did, Hill-Murray would be state champs. But when he teaches many of the players to be good, strong men and good, bright students he’ll be the champion. Many a player would love to have his resume You would, I’m guessing.

  3. Chris says:

    How long was your NFL career Brian?? Could you share your stats?

  4. Linda Spyhalski says:

    Good for Brooks, he is a great guy! I think he’ll be a great role model for the kids!

  5. Pete says:

    Amen Chris – I think what people like Brian tend to forget is that very few even get to play at the Division I college level much less the pro level. Whether or not Brooks had a storied NFL career, the very fact that he was given the opportunity speaks to his ability as an athlete. To use Brian’s logic, one would have to say that many a Heisman trophy winners were never good players. Do we need to list the number of those voted to be the best in college football that never amount to anything on the pro level? It is simply nice to see a player want to impart his knowledge and love of the game with high school kids.

  6. Pioneer says:

    He is my new head coach and we are all excited for the things he can add to our program!

  7. JoEllen says:

    Love to read the positive comments about Brooks! Hill-Murray is lucky to have him! He will make a terrific coach!