LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 16: Brooks Bollinger #5 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on during the game against the Washington Redskins on November 16, 2008 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Jaime L. Mikle/Getty Images)
Brooks Bollinger, who you may remember--along with Brad "Sweatpants" Johnson-- as one half of the two-headed suck-monster that replaced Tony Romo for three games in 2008, is not going to the UFL after all.
Bollinger was drafted in the upstart UFL's inagural draft by the Florida Tuskers, and appeared Orlando-bound until today, when he was offered a contract by the Detroit Lions. The signing of Bollinger, who worked out for Detroit prior to the start of camp, is a response to original third-stringer Drew Stanton going down with a torn meniscus. (Note: Can anyone tell me what the hell a 'Tusker' is? This might come up on Jeopardy!)
In fairness to Bollinger, his modest career numbers, particularly with the Cowboys, were adversely affected by the fact that the offensive line played like a group of pampered Frenchmen for much of the time he was in, and he was sacked thrice in two appearances last season for 22 yards.
In those two appearances, he was 10 for 17 for 72 yards, a touchdown and a pick. Over his career, Bollinger is 211 for 360, for 2,226 yards, nine touchdowns and nine interceptions.
While Bollinger's time in Dallas certainly didn't turn out the way anyone would have hoped, he never did fumble a snap, which is more than you can say about a certain backup quarterback that calls Dallas home now.
(I'll give you a hint: It's Jon Kitna.)