Natick, Massachusetts’ favorite son, Doug Flutie, returns to New England and signs with the New England Patriots.
Noted as much for his elusiveness as for his passing prowess, Flutie used the former of those skills Friday, seemingly scrambling out of the clutches of the New York Giants and instead landing with the New England Patriots. A native of Natick, Mass., and the 1984 Heisman Trophy winner at Boston College, the 11-year veteran quarterback signed a one-year contract with the two-time defending Super Bowl champions.
“I’m very excited about being back in New England, being home and being a part of a great football team,” the 42-year-old Massachusetts native said in a conference call Friday night. “This is a fresh start.”
In 11 NFL seasons, Flutie has appeared in 86 games and completed 1,172 of 2,141 passes for 14,686 yards, with 86 touchdown passes and 68 interceptions. He started all 16 games in 2001 but has appeared in just 10 games in the last three seasons.
The Super Bowl champs just got a great pick up. A solid veteran back up who understands his role, a great individual, good team player and a guy that will be at the top of his mental game as he has returned home where his family lives and won’t be on the road even when playing a home game like in San Diego. Coming back to where it all started will do Flutie wonders. If by some chance Flutie is forced in to action for the Patriots maybe we can see just one more time that Flutie magic.