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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Doug Flutie

So I was assuming BM would be the first one to propose this ludicrous idea, but even though I don't know much about Mark Kreidler of ESPN.com, I feel compelled to respond. Doug Flutie is not a Hall of Fame quarterback. Not even close. And while I'm sure some fans in Western New York, Toronto, and New England will disagree with this notion, they're wrong.

Now, in fariness to Mr. Kreidler, he doesn't flat-out declare Flutie as belonging in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but rather his main point of contention seems to be that Flutie shouldn't be automatically discounted due to the fact that his most extraoridinary years came while he was in the CFL instead of the NFL.

"Who gave the NFL the keys to the executive washroom in Canton? Where on the building does it say 'Pro Football Hall of Fame, a Mark Goodson/Paul Tagliabue Production?'

"Doug Flutie might have no more business rushing the steps of the place than Paul Crewe, but I'll tell you what: Flutie had one startling, statistics-grabbing, championship-winning, scramble-matic career in pro football. He just didn't do the best of it in the NFL."


Fair enough. I have no problem with his position that the NFL shouldn't hold sole dominance over a Hall of Fame which, according to its name, encompasses all of professional football. But as Mr. Kreidler later implies himself, the competitiveness of the CFL has never even come close to that of the NFL. Maybe NFL general managers should have wised up earlier and given Flutie a second shot in the NFL long before he brought his Flutie Flakes to Buffalo in the 1990s. If that had happened, perhaps we wouldn't even be debating this point. But the reality remains that, out of 12 years in the NFL (with a number of them coming as a backup quarterback late in his career), Flutie put up all of 14,715 yards, 86 TDs, and 1 notable locker room feid with Rob Johnson. Hardly Montana-esque (or even Moon-esque for you CFL fans out there).

Even as a lifelong hater of the Buffalo Bills, I always liked Flutie a lot. He has Moxie (it's not just a soft drink!), he loves playing the game, and he seems to be one of the minority of players who truly appreciates the game's history. I think the NFL and football fans all over North America will remember Doug Flutie as a special quarterback for a long time. I just wouldn't expect to find anything of his in Canton, except for maybe the ball that he drop-kicked for a PAT this past New Year's Day.

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