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Ex-Viking Bollinger named MVP of United Football League

Florida Tuskers quarterback Brooks Bollinger, who starred at Grand Forks Central, was named the Most Valuable Player of the United Football League this week.

Bollinger, whose parents, Rob and Lisa, live in Bemidji, led the UFL in passing yards (1,825), passing touchdowns (16), completion percentage (63.8) and completions (143).

"Brooks Bollinger is a remarkable athlete and leader and is an asset to any professional football team," UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue said in a statement.

Prior to signing with the Tuskers, Bollinger, a sixth round draft pick of the New York Jets in 2003, completed 211 of 360 passes for 2,226 yards and nine touchdowns over six years in the NFL.

"Being named the first MVP, especially as voted by the fans, is a tremendous honor and is a bittersweet ending to an almost perfect season," Bollinger said in a statement. "I was very fortunate to be part of the Tuskers' offense and would never had received this award without their support. I share this honor with my team and a great coaching staff led by Jay Gruden and Jim Haslett."