Doug Flutie first made a name for himself while playing football at Boston College. His hail mary pass to beat the University of Miami is still one of the most remembered plays in college football history. He went on to win the Heisman Trophy that year as the nation’s best college football player.
Flutie was always known as a good running quarterback. This is true in college, the USFL, his first stint in the NFL, the Canadian Football League, and his last years in the NFL too. He had the ability to beat the other team with both his arms and his legs. Many times his scrambling ability allowed him to avoid the rush, extend the play, and hit a receiver who may have been covered earlier but had broken free. Other times his scrambling ability allowed him to take off with the ball and gain serious yardage, sometimes even touchdowns.
Doug Flutie had a long career, playing into his early 40’s. Because of time spent in different leagues and as a backup at times, his career numbers do not rank him as high as a number of other quarterbacks who played during his era. There are a few statistical categories where he is at the top, and one of them involves rushing touchdowns.
Doug Flutie has rushed for more touchdowns, a total of four, after the age of 40 than any other player in NFL history. He even holds the record for most rushing touchdowns in one game by a player in their 40’s when he ran for two in a win over the Minnesota Vikings in 2003 at the age of 41.
Doug Flutie isn’t always mentioned in the same breath as some of the great quarterbacks who played the game, but he had talent, showmanship, smarts, and a lot of ability. This combined with surprising durability allowed him to play the game for a long time and be a part of many important and interesting moments in football history.