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He played college football at the University of Wisconsin, where he was a starter all four years.
Bollinger attended Grand Forks Central High School. He started in every game at quarterback during his four-year career, passing for 40 touchdowns and rushing for 19 more. He led the team to the state championship game as a junior in 1996. He was a two-time All-state quarterback and the Gatorade Player of the Year in North Dakota as a senior in 1997.
He was a three year starter at point guard in basketball and contributed to the 1996 Class A state championship as a junior. He received All-state honors as a senior. He was a notable infielder on the Grand Forks Royals American Legion baseball team, before the school fielded a varsity team. He was the starter at shortstop in 1996 and 1997. He was drafted twice in 2000 and 2001 by the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, both times in the 50th round.
Bollinger accepted a football scholarship from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he was a four-year starting quarterback. In 2000, Bollinger, a redshirt freshman starter, assisted the Badgers in their second straight Rose Bowl victory along with teammate and Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne.
In 2004, his idle NFL career ended, when he replaced an injured Quincy Carter to take his first snap in an NFL game against Arizona. Bollinger completed 5 of 9 passes for 60 yards.
Bollinger was traded to the Minnesota Vikings in 2006 for defensive tackle C. J. Mosley and a draft pick where he was reunited with new head coach Brad Childress, his offensive coordinator in college. After a game against the Chicago Bears in which Vikings starting quarterback Brad Johnson threw 4 interceptions, Bollinger came in and replaced him. He threw for 70 yards (with seven completions on nine attempts), before he was injured and replaced by rookie Tarvaris Jackson. The injury kept him sidelined through most of his 2006 season.
After some shaky preseason and early season relief efforts in 2007, Bollinger was listed as the 3rd string quarterback on the Minnesota Vikings depth chart. While keeping a positive focus for his team, in early November 2007 Bollinger was ready once again to play his part in the role of the starting quarterback position for an NFL team after yet another series of unfortunate incidents of injuries and failed performances by 1st and 2nd string quarterbacks Tarvaris Jackson and veteran Kelly Holcomb. Bollinger was able to start for the Vikings in week 10 against the Packers, but after a terrible performance by the Vikings in a 0–34 loss, Bollinger was listed as the 2nd string quarterback for week 11 with Jackson taking back the starting position.
In 2008, the Minnesota Vikings drafted USC quarterback John David Booty in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. This meant that Bollinger would be fighting for a third string spot with Booty behind Tarvaris Jackson and veteran Gus Frerotte. After a disappointing preseason, Bollinger lost the third-string spot and was released by the Vikings on August 30, 2008.
On September 8, 2008, Bollinger was signed by the Dallas Cowboys after the team waived wide receiver Mike Jefferson. Bollinger was listed as the third string quarterback, backing up starter Tony Romo and his backup Brad Johnson. During week 6 of the season, Romo injured a finger on his throwing hand, leaving him out for a few games. After some failed performances by the veteran Brad Johnson, Bollinger made his first appearance for the Cowboys in the second half of the week 9 game against the New York Giants. Bollinger had only been working with the Cowboys starting line for a week prior to the game. With heavy pressure by the Giants defensive line, his first pass play he threw an interception which contributed to one of the Giants touchdowns. As the Cowboys offensive line performed terribly, Bollinger was sacked a number of times in his next few drives. However, later that quarter and into the start of the 4th quarter, with the Giants letting up and after the removal of several starters, Bollinger subsequently managed to lead a 75-yard scoring drive against the Giant defense, which was ranked 1st in the league at the time. He threw his first NFL touchdown as a Cowboy, a soft 9-yard pass to Terrell Owens.
On September 1, 2009, Bollinger signed a pre-season contract with the Detroit Lions. He was cut on September 5, after the final preseason game.
Bollinger was selected by the Florida Tuskers in the UFL Premiere Season Draft. The Tuskers retained his UFL rights as he worked in the Detroit Lions training camp. He was signed by the Tuskers on September 22, 2009. In the 2009 season, he led the Tuskers to the championship game with a perfect 6–0 regular season record. Bollinger was the league leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, completion percentage, and completed passes. Though the Tuskers lost the championship, Bollinger was named season MVP through an online and text message vote by fans.
Bollinger had a tough start in the 2010 UFL season, going 2–2 in the first half of the season, and then receiving rib, neck and thumb injuries during the Week 6 game against the Sacramento Mountain Lions. He would not play for the rest of the season as backup quarterback Chris Greisen took the Tuskers back to the UFL Championship, which they would later lose, once again to the Las Vegas Locomotives. After the season, due to his injuries Bollinger decided to retire from professional football. On February 1, 2011 Bollinger announced that he would take over as head coach for the Hill-Murray Pioneers of St. Paul, Minnesota.
Bollinger announced his intention to retire from professional football in January 2011.
In 2011, he was named the football head coach at Hill-Murray School in St. Paul and led them to the state tournament semifinals. In 2012, he became the quarterbacks coach at the University of Pittsburgh, but left the program to pursue non-coaching opportunities after the 2013 season.
On December 21, 2015, Bollinger was named the head football coach at Cretin-Derham Hall High School, after longtime coach Mike Scanlan resigned. In 2017, the school reached the Class 6A state semifinals in 2017. On February 26, 2019, he resigned as the football head coach to begin a fulltime career in the finance sector.
In 2017, he was inducted into the University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame.
Currently, Brooks Bollinger is 43 years, 2 months and 13 days old. Brooks Bollinger will celebrate 44th birthday on a Wednesday 15th of November 2023.
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