The question, is it was bound to be, is asked in a Toronto Star column.
But can he be considered among the greatest to play three-down football, or is he simply a guy who played long enough to rack up some pretty big numbers? Judging by the reaction of some long-time CFL observers, it’s somewhere in the middle of those two: one of the best, but not the greatest ever.Of the people interviewed for the article, Russ Jackson and Nick Volpe (?) vote for Flutie, while our own Obie goes with Warren Moon.
The article then summarizes their careers in a table:
[b]The numbers[/b] (years/passing yards/rushing yards/TDs/Grey Cups) Anthony Calvillo...18 / 72,429 / 3,467 / 415 / 3 Damon Allen ..... 23 / 72,381 / 11,920 / 394 / 4 Doug Flutie ....... 8 / 41,355 / 6,759 / 270 / 3 Warren Moon ..... 6 / 21,228 / 1,700 / 144 / 5Stats they don't include, however, are MOP wins and all-star selections. I don't feel like looking up all-star records (which would heavily favour Calvillo and Flutie over the others), but as for MOP wins, the score is: Moon and Allen 1 each, Calvillo 3, and Flutie 6.
That's 6 in 8 years for Flutie, with the exceptions being his first year in the league and the year he was injured. And he played in an era that included all-time greats like Allen, Matt Dunigan, Tracy Ham, Danny McManus, Mike Pringle, and Pinball Clemons.
The whole time Flutie was in the league, there was never any question about who was the best QB. You can't say that about any of the others. In Moon's 6 years, another QB won MOP 3 times. Since Calvillo became a permanent starter in 2000, 5 other QBs have won it.
IMHO, anyone who doesn't pick Flutie must have been watching some other league in the 1990s.
Incidentally, the reader poll on the same page currently stands as follows:
[b]Who's the greatest quarterback in the history of the CFL?[/b]Damon Allen (4%) Anthony Calvillo (11%) Doug Flutie (38%) Russ Jackson (13%) Warren Moon (24%) Jackie Parker (4%) Someone else (5%) Total Votes: 2525