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Never count out the old guy

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By G. Montgomery

Doug Flutie must be the Energizer Bunny. When you least expect to see him again.... there he is running around like a little kid playing football in the backyard.

Flutie, the 1984 Heisman Trophy winner turned 41 on October 23. Yet, when installed as the starting quarterback against the Vikings, Flutie stepped in and played like a Pro Bowl selection.

Flutie’s professional career spans nearly 19 seasons, with 8 seasons in the Canadian Football League and the last 10 in the NFL. He is one of just six players in professional football history to pass for more than 50,000 yards.

That achievement alone places him in the company of legendary quarterbacks like Dan Marino, John Elway and Warren Moon. His NFL journeys include tours with New England, Buffalo, and Chicago before coming to the Chargers.

At every stop Flutie has brought his infectious energy to his teams. His near perfect performance against the Vikings was inspirational to say the least. The young Charger team took its que from the ‘Old Guy’ and played what is no doubt their best game of the season.


Flutie has a lifetime winning percentage of .583 increasing to .750 in games played at home. Who knows how long the ‘Flutie Magic’ will last, but the young Charger team should ride it as far as it goes for it is truly fun to watch.

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