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    Flutie was the little quarterback that could

    [size=18px]In college or the pros, Flutie was the little quarterback that could[/size]

    Never appreciated in the NFL because of his small stature, the former Boston College star showed that size has nothing to do with ability. And he had fun doing it.

    Jim Souhan, Star Tribune
    Last update: May 16, 2006 – 10:29 PM


    We know this about Doug Flutie: He proved himself a winner, yet rarely did an NFL team embrace him as a starting quarterback.

    We know this about Tarvaris Jackson: Wherever and whenever he exhaled at the Vikings' minicamp this weekend, someone praised the rookie's unique abilities to speak and breathe. He earned high marks, too, for his uncanny alternating of feet while walking.

    "He's enunciating the plays, he's starting to slow down, take a breath where you're supposed to take a breath in the plays," Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said.

    At the next minicamp, the Vikings braintrust hopes to build on Jackson's abilities in the speaking, breathing and walking departments by introducing gum chewing.

    The contrast between the disdain with which Flutie was treated in the NFL and the way NFL teams fawn over any young quarterback with a strong arm and prototypical size is one example of what is wrong with the No Fun League.

    If only Flutie, during his first minicamp, had learned to enunciate clearly and breathe correctly, maybe somebody would have believed in him.

    Instead, the legendary figure from Boston College won six Most Outstanding Player awards in Canada and amassed a 21-9 record in three years at Buffalo, only to be shown the door.

    Even more insulting, Flutie, in Buffalo, lost out to Rob Johnson, one of those cookie-cutter, broad-shouldered, height-enhanced guys who looks like a quarterback but plays like -- sorry to be harsh -- Sean Salisbury.

    Flutie was a shade below 5-10. He liked to scramble. He was a wonderful leader.

    He should have become a latter-day Fran Tarkenton. In the NFL, he was treated more like Fran Foley.

    This is another reminder of why the NFL should be more like the CFL.

    "I had more fun in Canada," Flutie said Monday at his farewell news conference. "I called my own plays. I knew what I could do and couldn't do, and I called plays that were easy for me."

    Flutie noted that in the NFL, coaches are such control freaks that there are speakers in the quarterbacks' helmets, presumably to keep the QB from thinking for himself.

    "If radios went down in the helmets," Flutie said, "there would be a mess out there right now."

    There's no guarantee that if an NFL team had committed to Flutie in his prime, he would have won a Super Bowl.

    That wouldn't make him unique. Dan Marino is still the best pure passer in NFL history, and he didn't win one.

    Marino was fun to watch, though, wasn't he? And he had something in common with Flutie -- the ability to make the billion-dollar business that is the NFL feel like a Sunday afternoon sandlot pickup game. "I'm just a big kid," said Flutie at 43.

    Traditional NFL thinking was epitomized by the latest draft. Gophers defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery disappeared during his senior season, but because he's big, Washington took him in the fifth round, planning to make him an offensive lineman.

    Gophers center Greg Eslinger established himself as the finest college football player to grace Dinkytown in decades, then lasted until the sixth round.

    The comparison with Flutie is not meant to demean Jackson.

    If Joe Montana can go in the third round and Tom Brady in the sixth, we have no choice but to wait to see whether the Vikings were smarter than everybody else in jumping all over Jackson.

    It's just that the NFL values potential over production.

    So perhaps it's fitting that Flutie's last NFL play was a successful drop kick for an extra point, an anachronistic play that stoic Patriots coach Bill Belichick called "fun."

    Flutie, the throwback, was always fun. We can only wish he could have run an NFL team, in his prime, with a free reign, instead of losing out to a prototypical NFL prospect and quintessential inside-the-box NFL thinking.

    Jim Souhan can be heard Sundays from 10 a.m.-noon on KSTP AM 1500. [email protected]

    In college or the pros, Flutie was the little quarterback that could

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    Re: Flutie was the little quarterback that could

    so many true statements in that article, i think we missed out on a huge opportunity to actually see what he was made of. nevertheless! over an a hell of a player, possibly a hall-of-fame material one (i mean if he had started and not been shipped off to canada) but with out being able to change the past

    good luck with what ever it is you do from here dougie

    (btw loved this He should have become a latter-day Fran Tarkenton. In the NFL, he was treated more like Fran Foley.)


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    Re: Flutie was the little quarterback that could

    "singersp" wrote:
    [size=18px]In college or the pros, Flutie was the little quarterback that could[/size]

    Never appreciated in the NFL because of his small stature, the former Boston College star showed that size has nothing to do with ability. And he had fun doing it.

    Jim Souhan, Star Tribune
    Last update: May 16, 2006 – 10:29 PM



    We know this about Tarvaris Jackson: Wherever and whenever he exhaled at the Vikings' minicamp this weekend, someone praised the rookie's unique abilities to speak and breathe. He earned high marks, too, for his uncanny alternating of feet while walking.

    "He's enunciating the plays, he's starting to slow down, take a breath where you're supposed to take a breath in the plays," Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said.

    At the next minicamp, the Vikings braintrust hopes to build on Jackson's abilities in the speaking, breathing and walking departments by introducing gum chewing.

    If only Flutie, during his first minicamp, had learned to enunciate clearly and breathe correctly, maybe somebody would have believed in him.

    In college or the pros, Flutie was the little quarterback that could
    Souhan is such a d!ckhead. He's the only one who could write a tribute to Flutie and still bash on the Vikes. He should work for a paper in Gein Bay; whatta chump!
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    Souhan is a dick, but I always loved Flutie. I thought he was one of those guys that should have been a starter for a long time.

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    Re: Flutie was the little quarterback that could

    I got to see Flutie play in what i think was his first professional game. It was when the New Jersey Generals played to Baltimore Stars in College Park Maryland. Baltimore won and I think it was on national TV.

    I always like Doug Flutie

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    Re: Flutie was the little quarterback that could

    He sure made things interesting when he played up here in Canada. They figured he might have come close to throwing for 100,000 yards if he played his entire career in the CFL. He averaged over 5000 yards per season up here. Too bad he wasn't given a real shot in the NFL.


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    Good luck Flutie you were a great player!
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    Doug Flutie had so much heart, and I think that is why I liked watching him play so much. Personally, I don't think he was all that talented, but the man wanted to win more than almost anyone and simply willed his team to win. He is one of those players that makes football such a great sport.

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    Re: Flutie was the little quarterback that could

    It still rankles me that Buffalo was too stupid to keep starting Flutie instead of Rob "The Human Statue" Johnson...thank God though, otherwise we would be the only 4-time losing SB team never to have won one (f'n lucky Broncos...grrrrr).
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    Re: Flutie was the little quarterback that could

    I remember when we played the Chargers and they started that bastard in 2004. He absolutely killed us.

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