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Flutie

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The famous Boston College quarterback, winner of the Heisman Trophy, owner of the record book for quarterbacks in the Canadian Football League, and National Football League All-Pro, recounts his life on and off the field. Doug reveals how he has demonstrated community spirit, charm, and the relentless drive that have been essential to his success as a smaller athlete in a big-man's sport. Includes a look at how Doug led the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs and captured the hearts of fans not only in Buffalo, but ...

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Overview

The famous Boston College quarterback, winner of the Heisman Trophy, owner of the record book for quarterbacks in the Canadian Football League, and National Football League All-Pro, recounts his life on and off the field. Doug reveals how he has demonstrated community spirit, charm, and the relentless drive that have been essential to his success as a smaller athlete in a big-man's sport. Includes a look at how Doug led the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs and captured the hearts of fans not only in Buffalo, but across America.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It was the spring of 1985, and Doug Flutie, who had won the Heisman Trophy and whose "Hail Mary pass" for Boston College against Miami in his senior year was deservedly famous, was looking for a professional football contract. But he didn't know about the thinking of NFL owners and coaches uneasy about drafting a quarterback who was only five-foot-nine. The result: he signed with the Donald Trump-owned New Jersey Generals of the short-lived United States Football League. When that league collapsed, Flutie got to the NFL, where he played with Chicago and New England, but he found his niche only in 1990 in the Canadian Football League, where the bigger field and wide-open style were ideally suited to his passing and scrambling talents. He has been named the Canadian Football League's most valuable player five times and has won three championship Grey Cups playing with Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. Writing with Toronto Sun reporter Lefko, he confesses that his favorite sport as a youth was basketball, where his height would have been a handicap, so he decided to be realistic and concentrate on the gridiron. With color photos (not seen by PW) and quotes about Flutie from coaches and other players, this sports autobiography, one of the less egocentric in the genre, has great appeal. (Jan.)
Library Journal
The enduring image of Doug Flutie as the diminutive quarterback outmaneuvering opponents over twice his size is an engaging one. From his days at Boston College through his career in the Canadian Football League (CFL), he has garnered a bevy of awards, from the Heisman trophy to the CFL's Most Valuable Player. Unfortunately, his book does not rise to such levels, offering about as much insight into his character as an extended curriculum vitae. Straightforward accounts of past performances intertwined with commentary from coaches, teammates, and other associates form the bulk of the text. On the positive side are the occasional comparisons he provides between life in the CFL and National Football League. Of regional interest.William H. Hoffman, Ft. Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., Fla.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583820216
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Doug Flutie plays quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. He established the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism in the name of his son.

Perry Lefko has been a sports writer for the "Toronto Sun" since 1985, reporting on amateur sports, curling, horse racing and football. He is the three-time Sovereign Award winner for outstanding writing about Canadian horse racing, has twice received honourable mention in the Sun Media category of sports writing, and was awarded Ontario Curling Association writer of the year. He is the author of five previous books, "The Greatest Show On Turf: The History of the Breeders' Cup," "Flutie," "Sandra Schmirler: The Queen of Curling" (national bestseller and optioned by CBC to turn into a television movie), "Bret Hart: The Best There Is, The Best There Was, The Best There Ever Will Be," and "Thoroughbred Racing's Greatest Day,"

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