Doug Flutie returns to town to take Traditional bow

September 08, 2013

Boston Globe
Doug Fluite Returns to town to take Traditional bow 
by Kevin Paul DuPont 

Well-accustomed to eluding sharks, at least those usually suited up as linebackers or defensive ends, Doug Flutie of late has gained some perspective on outmaneuvering the real-life version of the ocean predators.

"I'm kind of new to this whole surfing thing, and I love it,'' the former Boston College star quarterback said late last week, speaking by cellphone while standing at the edge of the Atlantic in Melbourne, Fla. "But right now, as I look out, there's about a nine-foot shark swimming along this beach, and just the other day a six-foot tiger shark went right under my board.

"It sort of makes you think, you know . . . 'Uh, am I doing the right thing here?' ''

Flutie, 50 years old and nearly 29 years past heaving that ballyhooed "Hail Mary'' pass against Miami, will be back in Boston a week from Tuesday night, one of the many honorees to be feted at the 12th annual "Tradition'' ceremony at TD Garden.

For those still unfamiliar with the event, the Tradition is the Sports Museum's biggest annual fund-raiser, honoring our town's best and brightest athletes. Always a special night, there is really nothing like it, which is of course true of Flutie, the onetime Natick High School star who turned his long-ball wizardry and artful dodgery into fame and fortune. Other honorees will include Carlton Fisk, Jack Nicklaus, Derek Sanderson, Vince Wilfork, Aly Raisman, and the Celtics' ownership group. It's a stellar, eclectic bunch all under one roof for a few hours, with food and drink and hobnobbing as top-drawer as the talent.

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