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Doug Flutie Retirement Watch

While it won’t command the national attention Brett Favre milked for his months of indecision, Doug Flutie has announced that he will soon decide whether to call it career.

With the NFL draft over, 43-year-old Doug Flutie is expected to announce this week if he will end a career that included a Heisman Trophy and took him through three pro football leagues. “I’m just going to take my time to make my decision,” Flutie said Monday, and indicated he would not want to play for a team other than the New England Patriots. “I love being home.”


Flutie said he’s spoken to many teams, as well as to networks about broadcasting. “I still have that passion but you’ve got to make that decision if you can stay healthy through the year,” Flutie said at an appearance at a Boston high school where he demonstrated drop kicks, like the one he made for an extra point last season.

Flutie played sparingly in five games last season and completed 5 of 10 passes for 29 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. After winning the Heisman at Boston College in 1984, he played in the USFL, the Canadian Football League and with Buffalo, Chicago, San Diego and New England in the NFL. Flutie won the CFL’s most outstanding player award six times and the league’s Grey Cup title game three times then returned to the NFL in 1998 with Buffalo. In his last four seasons, the first three of them with the Chargers, he played in a total of 15 games.

Flutie’s NFL career was prettymodest but he’s still good enough to play backup on half the teams in the league. That’s necessarily a journeyman’s position, though, as young prospects develop and get ready to take on the role.

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