Doug Flutie returns to town to take Traditional bow
September 08, 2013
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
"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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