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Veteran backup Sage Rosenfels retires

Sage Rosenfels AP

While it seems the NFL made the call for him, Sage Rosenfels made his retirement official this weekend.

Rosenfels announced the decision Sunday night on his Facebook page, via Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com.

He’s been out of the game since the Vikings released him last fall, opting to go with all young quarterbacks.

He started 12 games over 10 seasons with the Dolphins, Texans, Vikings and Giants. A reliable backup, he finished his career with as many wins as losses (6-6), and more touchdowns than interceptions (30-29). It was a good run for the former fourth-rounder from Iowa State.

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42 Responses to “Veteran backup Sage Rosenfels retires”
  1. fargovikesfan says: Jul 15, 2013 9:04 AM

    Smart guy, would make someone a good QB coach down the road if he chooses to go the coaching route…

  2. qbofthenever says: Jul 15, 2013 9:04 AM

    Nooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Jul 15, 2013 9:09 AM

    Rosencopter flies off into the sunset.

  4. ninerfan81 says: Jul 15, 2013 9:14 AM

    He lasted 10 seasons in the best League in his profession as a well respected teammate I commend guys like Sage.

  5. 5ringking33 says: Jul 15, 2013 9:16 AM

    thought he would get his shot someday, never happened. too bad.

  6. frankdatank23 says: Jul 15, 2013 9:22 AM

    Always a class act, great teammate, and stepped up playing well when called upon. Good luck in your next venture Sage….. Signed: dolphins fans.

  7. essentialsausage says: Jul 15, 2013 9:27 AM

    Nothing to be ashamed of in his career.

  8. raiderinva says: Jul 15, 2013 9:28 AM

    Holy Crap has it been 10 years for this guy?

    I thought he was orginally drafted by The Redskins though….

    He is the modern day Vince Evan.

  9. eatitfanboy says: Jul 15, 2013 9:29 AM

    Made a great living doing what he loved for a long time. If he managed his money right he’ll never have to work a day in his life.

    Gotta admit, though, I had no idea he was still in the league.

  10. sarcasm says: Jul 15, 2013 9:32 AM

    While he’s not headed to Canton, he’s had a career that I would have loved to have.

    Good luck with your future Sage.

  11. jiggy3198 says: Jul 15, 2013 9:35 AM

    Best job in the world is a back up NFL Qb. Long careers and decent money

  12. gb4mn0 says: Jul 15, 2013 9:48 AM

    Rosenfels would have been a much better starter in MN than christine pondexter.

  13. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jul 15, 2013 9:51 AM

    I love the job Leslie Frazier is doing, but it was a huge mistake to cut Sage and keep Joe Webb last year. Almost everyone expected Webb to be let go and the playoff game he started demonstrated why. I’m not saying the Vikings win that game with Sage, but at least it would have been competitive.

  14. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Jul 15, 2013 9:55 AM

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Sage Rosenfumbles…. THE HUMAN HELICOPTER!!!

    Go Colts!!

  15. godofwine330 says: Jul 15, 2013 9:56 AM

    That lucky Sage. For 10 seasons he got at least the minimum, so at least $2.9 million he banked as an NFL player starting only 12 games. Not too bad. Talk about easy money.

  16. leftyman says: Jul 15, 2013 9:59 AM

    Say It Ain’t So, Sage!

  17. whatjusthapped says: Jul 15, 2013 10:02 AM

    He’s been out of the league for two years, being the last year was with the Vikings and that shouldn’t really count as being in professional football.

    Still, the Viking’s wasted a 4th rounder to acquire him in 2009 to beat out T Jack and then blew it again in 2012 when they cut him in favor of keeping Joe Webb as a backup. Can someone remind me how that decision worked out?

  18. joemontanaflaccid says: Jul 15, 2013 10:03 AM

    His estimated career earnings according to ESPN is 11.5 mil.

  19. vikingsrulez69 says: Jul 15, 2013 10:06 AM

    @rick

    Why are you equivocating? With Sage, Vikes crush Packers in the playoffs.

  20. iwilltrollyoubad says: Jul 15, 2013 10:13 AM

    One of the best in NFL history.

  21. dgreenfi says: Jul 15, 2013 10:14 AM

    One of the top Herb named QB’s of all time over Kirk Herbstreit and Richard Basil.

  22. truths4all says: Jul 15, 2013 10:22 AM

    I wonder what money range his NFL retirement will pay him. Anyone have an idea, roughly?

  23. jsally430 says: Jul 15, 2013 10:26 AM

    when the Vikings traded a fourth round pick for sage he was going to win the starting gig but then chilly got zygi to send a plane to Mississippi to talk a silver fox out of his Fox hole

  24. nj22 says: Jul 15, 2013 10:38 AM

    Wow! This one SHOCKS me! I thought he retired about 5 years ago..

  25. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 15, 2013 10:40 AM

    He made millions to mostly hold a clipboard and not get beat up very often on the field. Pretty nice life most of the time.

    If he’s been smart with his money he can live very nicely the rest of his life without worries.

  26. gb4mn0 says: Jul 15, 2013 10:51 AM

    vikingsrulez69 says:
    Jul 15, 2013 10:06 AM
    @rick

    Why are you equivocating? With Sage, Vikes crush Packers in the playoffs.

    ——————————————–

    Another example of MN being afflicted with endemic delusional disorder.

  27. officialgame says: Jul 15, 2013 11:09 AM

    It’s akin to being fired from your job then quitting a week latter.

  28. themackstrong says: Jul 15, 2013 11:40 AM

    PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Jul 15, 2013 9:09 AM

    Rosencopter flies off into the sunset.

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    Classic, thumbs up 10 times.

  29. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jul 15, 2013 11:57 AM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:Jul 15, 2013 9:51 AM

    I love the job Leslie Frazier is doing, but it was a huge mistake to cut Sage and keep Joe Webb last year. Almost everyone expected Webb to be let go and the playoff game he started demonstrated why. I’m not saying the Vikings win that game with Sage, but at least it would have been competitive.

    ——-

    Would you care to expend upon excatly how that would have made it competitive? It wouldn’t have been competitive if we spotted you Aaron. Your team is terrible and will always be terrible. The sooner you come to grips with that, the happier you’ll be. Just trying to help.

  30. inphinitejest says: Jul 15, 2013 12:04 PM

    The first live football game I ever attended was the best I’ve seen. Bills at Dolphins, Sage comes in for Gus Frerotte and throws three straight touchdowns to Chris Chambers and the Phins win by one. Bills fan behind me takes off his Bryce Pauper jersey and spits on it before lumbering out…epic.

    Thanks Sage, you done good that day.

  31. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jul 15, 2013 12:13 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Jul 15, 2013 11:57 AM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:Jul 15, 2013 9:51 AM

    I love the job Leslie Frazier is doing, but it was a huge mistake to cut Sage and keep Joe Webb last year. Almost everyone expected Webb to be let go and the playoff game he started demonstrated why. I’m not saying the Vikings win that game with Sage, but at least it would have been competitive.

    ——-

    Would you care to expend upon excatly how that would have made it competitive? It wouldn’t have been competitive if we spotted you Aaron. Your team is terrible and will always be terrible. The sooner you come to grips with that, the happier you’ll be. Just trying to help.
    _______

    Well, I’ve never expended excatly before, so I see no reason to start now.

    So you’re saying that Aaron Rodgers isn’t good enough to make the Vikings competitive against the Packers with Graham Harrell? The same Vikings who, with Christian Ponder, beat the Rodgers-led Packers the week before? Don’t you think that’s kind of a shot at Rodgers? I thought you kind of liked him.

  32. cuda1234 says: Jul 15, 2013 12:15 PM

    Tim Tebow will be lucky to have a career like this.

    Best of luck to Mr. Rosenfels in the rest of his life.

  33. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jul 15, 2013 12:46 PM

    @rick

    I see what you did there. I’ll try again. Your team is so bad, that even if we gave you the best QB in the history of the NFL, you still couldn’t beat the Packers. As good as Aaron is, this is still a team sport, one player can not win the Super Bowl for a team.

  34. sirsupersouthern says: Jul 15, 2013 1:38 PM

    As a Texans fan I liked Sage more than Schaub. Sage had a fearless, reckless style of play that was always fun to watch and cheer for, I hope he enjoys life after football…

  35. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jul 15, 2013 1:38 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Jul 15, 2013 12:46 PM

    @rick

    I see what you did there. I’ll try again. Your team is so bad, that even if we gave you the best QB in the history of the NFL, you still couldn’t beat the Packers. As good as Aaron is, this is still a team sport, one player can not win the Super Bowl for a team.
    ______

    Your team wins 4 games without Aaron Rodgers, and I say that without fear of contradiction.

  36. damcmp says: Jul 15, 2013 1:46 PM

    good run Sage!!! except for a broken wrist we may have never seen Schaub as a Texan…..good luck!

  37. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 15, 2013 5:12 PM

    The best QB the vikings had since Brett Favre retired for the final time.

  38. stellarperformance says: Jul 15, 2013 5:35 PM

    Is he the guy that got usurped when Favre showed up? Talk about bad timing.

  39. mitchem85 says: Jul 15, 2013 7:58 PM

    And redskins.. You know, the te that drafted him.. Smh, I can do a better job at your job than you can.. Embarrassing

  40. replacementwriter says: Jul 15, 2013 9:58 PM

    Its about thyme, sage

  41. norwegianwud says: Jul 15, 2013 10:03 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Jul 15, 2013 12:46 PM
    @rick

    I see what you did there. I’ll try again. Your team is so bad, that even if we gave you the best QB in the history of the NFL, you still couldn’t beat the Packers. As good as Aaron is, this is still a team sport, one player can not win the Super Bowl for a team.
    ———————————————————–
    You need some help. Really. You and several others commenting on this site. This is about Sage Rosenfels retiring but somehow you and a pack of pole smokers turn it into a GB v MN smack down.
    Please do the mentally challenged community a favor and stop posting irrelevant garbage… You’re making them look bad

  42. n001363 says: Jul 15, 2013 11:02 PM

    Class Guy! All the best to you Sage.

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