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Episode 153 – Doug Flutie on the Hail Flutie, Heisman Trophy race, playoffs and the Capital One Cup

Take a moment to think of the top plays in college football history. Think of five of them, and I will bet I can guess two of them for sure, and perhaps a third.

One of them might be The Play, which recorded one trombone casualty in a game between Stanford and Cal. Another might be the Kick Six, a much more recent play with a tremendous impact on the fate of an entire college football season riding on it, with Chris Davis returning a missed Alabama field goal the length of the field for a game-winning, walk-off touchdown to clinch the SEC West last November.

Two other plays on your mind might be a tad more difficult to predict, but I would be willing to bet one of your remaining three plays might be the Hail Flutie, the signature play of Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie and his 1984 Heisman Trophy season…

I had the opportunity to talk to Flutie about that historic play, and all these years later the College Football Hall of Fame quarterback still cannot believe people are continuing to talk about it. He should get used to it, because this week marks the 30th anniversary of one of college football’s true signature highlights.

“I’m just amazed that it’s lived as long as it has,” Flutie told me, but it took a little time for the impact of the moment to settle in for Flutie. “When we landed in Boston and there were 10,000 people at the airport, in a pro sports town, we knew this was a little bigger than we thought.”

In addition to some brief talk about one of the great Flutie highlights, I also got a chance to briefly discuss a few other things with Flutie, such as this year’s Heisman Trophy race, what he as a Heisman Trophy winner looks for in candidates, and the College Football Playoff. Spoiler alert, Flutie is all aboard Team Chaos these next few weeks. I’m cool with that! We also spent some time discussing the Capital One Cup, awarded annually to each of the best men’s and women’s Division I college athletics programs in the country.

Doug Flutie’s appearance on this episode of the podcast was made possible by the Capital One Cup. For more on the Capital One Cup check out the official website or check it out on Facebook or Twitter.

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About the Author

Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.


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