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Doug Flutie


After what he's been through this week, Doug Flutie said yesterday that he would love nothing more than to return to the Canadian Football League. But it isn't likely to happen. ``Emotionally, yes, I'd love to,'' the 37-year-old Buffalo Bills pivot said yesterday when asked if the events of the past few days had made him second-guess his decision to return to the NFL. ``If I could go up there again and make half the money I make here, I would. But it really doesn't make a lot of sense. ``I'd also love to have a shot to win a championship with Darren,'' he said, referring to his younger brother, a slotback with the Grey Cup-champion Hamilton Tiger-Cats. ``I'd love all that, but realistically it doesn't make a lot of sense.'' (2000)

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That's really an American thing. But rest assured that Canadian football fans have come to adopt Flutie as one of their own -- and he knows it. Even yesterday, as Flutie prepared to field questions following yesterday's loss, you couldn't help but notice he took the podium wearing a "Radically Canadian" CFL sweatshirt. "Yeah, there's a sense of pride there, that I'm one of theirs," Flutie told the Free Press. "I'm representing all those guys up in the CFL when I play down here, too. "And I feel the same way about the CFL," he added. "I brag about the CFL all the time . . . and it's nice to see that support from the Canadian fans. You can feel that." But then Flutie, ever the CFL's public relations spokesmen, put in a plug for his old league. "I just hope they continue to support the CFL up there and they realize the calibre of players they have in that league," he insisted. "I've said that for years up there that it's no different. "It's football, it's a game." (1999)

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"I don't dwell on the Pass, or the Heisman or any of that? You know what I'm most proud of? Those six MVPs in the CFL." Buffalo Bills QB Doug Flutie. (1999)

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