Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brooks Bollinger will speak about his Catholic faith Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Church of St. Philip.
Bollinger played primarily in a backup role for the Vikings from 2006 to 2008, starting one game, a 34-0 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He also played for the New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions of the NFL, then for the Florida Tuskers of the UFL.
After his playing days, Bollinger became head football coach at Hill-Murray High School, leading that program to the state playoffs. After a stint at University of Pittsburgh as its quarterbacks coach, Bollinger returned to Minnesota and eventually became head coach at Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul in 2015. He left that position earlier this year.
While at Hill-Murray, Bollinger started the practice of having weekly Mass on the day before a game, according to The Catholic Spirit.
“An important component of becoming a high school coach was coaching at a Catholic school,” Bollinger told The Catholic Spirit at the time. “A big part of my job is helping these guys not only become better football players, but helping their development as young men.”
Bollinger will share his Catholic experience, as coach, player and regular person beginning at 5 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Church of St. Philip. Lunch and fellowship will follow.