Mitch Frerotte

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Mitch Frerotte
No. 59
Offensive guard
Personal information
Date of birth: March 30, 1965
Place of birth: Kittanning, Pennsylvania
Date of death: June 11, 2008(2008-06-11) (aged 43)
Place of death: Kittanning, Pennsylvania
Career information
College: Penn State
Debuted in 1987
Last played in 1992
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
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Paul Mitchael Frerotte (March 30, 1965 – June 11, 2008) was an American professional football player who played as a guard for four seasons in the National Football League, all with the Buffalo Bills.


Frerotte is perhaps best known for scoring three touchdowns during the 1992 NFL season,[1] a record for an offensive lineman.[2]

Frerotte played in three Super Bowls: XXV, XXVI, and XXVII. He attended Kittanning High School and Penn State University. [3]

Personal life[edit]

Known as "Pit Bull" by his Bills teammates, Frerotte often wore an elaborate mask of eye black during games.[2] He was a well-known Harley-Davidson enthusiast, who once threatened ESPN's Joe Theismann with bodily harm after he mounted Frerotte's motorcycle without permission.[4]

Frerotte is the cousin of NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte. Mitch died from a massive heart attack at his mother's home on June 11, 2008. The coroner's report attributed his death to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a genetic heart condition which the American Heart Association calls the most common cause of sudden death in young athletes.[5]


  1. ^ Hewitt, Brian (1993-01-31). "Unlikely Hero Hunt: Frerotte Fits the Bill". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  2. ^ a b Anderson, Dave (1993-01-10). "Sports of The Times; The Pit Bull Who Catches TD Passes". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  3. ^ "Mitch Frerotte". Pro-Football-Reference.Com. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ Tasker, Steve; Pitoniak, Scott (2006). Steve Tasker's Tales from the Buffalo Bills. Sports Publishing. pp. 115–116. ISBN 1-59670-092-0. 
  5. ^ "Coroner: former Buffalo Bills lineman Frerotte died of thick heart muscle". Associated Press. 2008-06-13. Archived from the original on 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 

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