Flutie is/was a staunch advocate for the league and even stated last year "You couldn’t tell me winning a Super Bowl would feel any nicer" (than a Grey Cup) and that "the NFL, for years, has been a copycat league." (to the CFL)
a shame the CFL or it's member teams did not use Flutie more as an ambassador for the league and/or employ him in any other capacity such as football ops, front office or coaching positions over the years.
nevertheless, he has always shown deep respect to the CFL and deserves all accolades for what he did in this league.
He was a real gamer all the way, never give up attitude. I know sometimes he rubbed his teammates the wrong way from what I heard but most of the great ones have that edge that sometimes goes a bit overboard when if, for example, you're losing a game and things can be said.
People in America have no clue what goes on up there, or about the quality of football we had. That’s what made the experience for me. Most of the guys were NFL-caliber talent, but were undersized or just didn’t fit the mold in one way or another.
The game in Canada was more exciting, more explosive, more wide open. It was what the NFL is now becoming. We were going no huddle, over the ball, from the time I got up there. No-back sets, six wide receivers, throwing the ball all over the field. There is a 20-second clock between plays rather than 40. It just creates a pace that the NFL is now realizing to be more exciting—and actually more effective. The NFL is turning into a no-huddle, up-tempo, fast-paced, throw-the-football type of game now. The CFL has been that for the past 30 years.
But the CFL gave me so much. When I left Toronto for Buffalo, I was 35 and I was ready to retire. I figured I’d come back to the NFL for maybe a year or two, just to prove I could do it. I ended up playing another eight years. That was just crazy. The CFL gave me the opportunity to be a starter, regain my confidence, and then come back and be a starter in the NFL. And, I got to play eight games with my younger brother, Darren. We were both with the BC Lions in 1991.