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From Publishers 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.

Copyright 1997 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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From 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.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Masters; Revised edition (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583820213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583820216
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,165,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Robin C. Miles on January 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Doug Flutie recounts his career from his earlest days on the playing field thought his magical first season with the Buffalo Bills. Lots and lots of football facts and game-related jargon here! I would have liked to have learned more about Flutie's personal life; what sort of things really shaped and inspired such an exemplary athlete? Who is the man behind the face mask? I recommend this book for Flutie and football fans everywhere but don't expect any great revelations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bassglenn@aol.com on December 7, 1998
Format: Hardcover
In this book there is a great deal of interest towards his career in the Canadian Football League which is fine as that is the league that he predominantly played in but there appears to be little coverage of his peronal life i.e. going into more depth about his childhood, his parents and later his wife and family. There are instances where he tells us how much he enjoys spending time with his family back in Boston but they don't follow up on this. I do like the quotes from all of his coaches and agents etc. They are on occasions funny and nearly always allow a follow up to what Doug felt about certain circumstances. Overall the book was easy enough to read, but, in my opinion was maybe of more interest to a follow of the CFL as to American Football in general.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Read this book! I loved it as much as you do! So read it
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Doug Flutie was the best player in CFL

history and a Pro Football legend who

taught the overrated NFL a thing or

two about the 'size' NON-issue. If

this guy had ever had a REAL good Coach

(how about if he'd gone to New England

under Bill Belichick before Thomas Brady!)

who would have trusted him, man, I beleive

he could have won that elusive Super Bowl.

The drop kick may end up being the Coda

on a fine career. Instant Canadian Foot-

ball Hall of Fame and Museum selection

as soon as he's done (and maybe a broad-

caster this year, eh?). What a career.

He always rose above the stupidity of

sorry Coaches like Wade Phillips!-R.A.S
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