Doug Flutie talks on Russell Wilson, ads
August, 29, 2012
By Lynn Hoppes | ESPN.com
It's no surprise to hear former quarterback Doug Flutie say he's comfortable in his own skin.
"I've never lived my life based on the expectation of others," said the 5-foot-10 Flutie, who played about 20 years of pro football in the NFL and CFL. "I always did it my way. I've always been comfortable who I am. That means also the transition from football to father to coaching my daughter's soccer team."
That's why Flutie, along with football Hall of Famer John Elway, this week signed a deal to work with Dove on the Men+Care "Journey to Comfort" campaign. Both are sharing their experiences, starting Sept. 1, on and off the field throughout the college football season on TV and DoveMenCare.com, among various sites.
"Being undersized has never been an issue for me," said Flutie, who won a Heisman Trophy at Boston College.
Playbook had a few minutes to talk with Flutie about another undersized quarterback in the NFL.
See a lot of similarities between you and 5-11 Seattle Seahawks starting quarterback Russell Wilson?
"Absolutely. Actually, Russell and I have talked quite a bit over the past couple of years. It began when he was making a decision when he was leaving North Carolina State [in 2011]. I'm really happy for him. He's one of those guys that is doing it his way and proving people wrong."
Are you a believer that he can be a starter in the NFL?
"Absolutely. The fact that he could go to Wisconsin in his first year and do what he did, be a leader on that team and rally the guys behind him is a testament to that. Look at the way he played that first year in the new system. Now, in Seattle, he went into a situation where there was already an incumbent, and it doesn't faze him at all. He went out and played. He's still a rookie. I'm sure he'll have bumps in the road. Hopefully things will go well.
In some ways, don't you think it's better that all this is happening in Seattle and not New York?
"If he were in a market like New York, no matter how well he did, he'd still get ripped apart. They'd always be looking for the next guy. They'd be looking for someone with his athleticism and ability and in a 6-foot-4 frame. That's the stuff I heard my whole career. Maybe it's a good fit he's in Seattle. I wish him all the luck in the world."
Where does the "Never Quit" gene come from?
"I think part of it comes from constantly trying to prove people wrong. I've always been second-guessed all my life. I always had to put my best foot forward. One of my coaches, Jack Bicknell, would say, 'Every day you have to prove you can play, while a guy 6-4 had to prove he can't play.' You are always kept on edge. You are always motivated. I looked at it as every day was game day."