VIDEO: Remembering When Gus Frerotte Hit Bernard Berrian Against the Bears for the Longest Play in Vikings History
By michael obermuller
Gus Frerotte only started 13 games for the Minnesota Vikings over his career, but he certainly made the most of those opportunities.
In 2008, his final NFL season, Frerotte hit Bernard Berrian for a 99-yard touchdown pass against the Chicago Bears — the longest play in franchise history.
Call it miscommunication, or maybe cornerback Charles Tillman just bit on the underneath route, but either way, Berrian (a former Bear) was wide open streaking down the sideline. Frerotte just had to put it in the breadbasket, and he did with a perfectly lofted ball.
This is no simple pass though, it was 50-plus yards through the air and right on the nose. You're not making that throw at your local park. The poise to make a catch like this while sprinting like you're shot out of a cannon with all the world watching is often understated too. Frerotte and Berrian make this look easy, but it's anything but.
The finished product is the longest possible play from scrimmage, and a moment that should withstand the test of time in Vikings history. For the Bears fans, it's a moment that they would rather forget as quickly as it happened.
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