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Flutie nixes CFL return
Last Updated Fri, 18 Aug 2006 19:55:50 EDT
Doug Flutie has closed the book on a possible comeback with the Toronto Argonauts.
Doug Flutie won three Grey Cup championships during his eight-year career in the CFL. (Jack Smith/Associated Press) Doug Flutie won three Grey Cup championships during his eight-year career in the CFL. (Jack Smith/Associated Press)
Flutie, a six-time CFL MVP, spoke for the first time since reports surfaced last month that Argonauts head coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons had contacted him regarding a return to league.
Flutie admitted his close friendship with Clemons made the decision difficult, but remains content in retirement.
"I was tempted only because of the friendship that we have and I love the game up there and it would have been an opportunity to say goodbye to the CFL," Flutie said Friday during a conference call.
"But I kind of like the way I ended things up there and the way I ended things down here and I wasn't in a rush to go running back and take any more hits on the field."
Flutie spent eight spectacular seasons with B.C., Calgary and Toronto before returning to the NFL following the 1997 season.
He spent last year as a backup quarterback with the New England Patriots before retiring in the off-season to become a college football analyst with ESPN.
Flutie was set to make a return to the Argonauts prior to their win over Saskatchewan on July 22, but he changed his mind at the last minute.
In fact, Flutie was ready to fly to Toronto and was scheduled to begin practising immediately with the team before having a change of heart.
"Toronto had run into some issues at quarterback with injuries and all that," Flutie said "Pinball and I are very close friends.
"We've kept in touch and he's giving me some calls to try and entice me a little bit to come on up and help him out."
The Argonauts have run into quarterback injuries since starter Damon Allen broke his middle finger in the opening week of the season.
During Toronto's 26-23 win over the Roughriders, backup Spergon Wynn took a helmet-to-helmet hit from defensive lineman Scott Schultz on the last play of the second quarter.
Wynn's exposed head was driven to the turf, and he was on the ground for 20 minutes before being taken by ambulance to a Regina hospital.
Flutie was watching the game from his home in Massachusetts and text messaged his brother Darren, a former CFL receiver and now a broadcaster with the CBC, to get an update on Wynn's condition.
Allen has since returned to the starting lineup, but his injury continues to linger.
With files from the Canadian Press