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Mt. Rushmore: Doug Flutie

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We continue our profile of Boston College sports greats to arrive at our BC athletics make-believe Mt. Rushmore...

Name: Doug Flutie
Born: October 1962 in Catonsville, MD
Sport: Football
BC Era: 1981-1984

Why He's In
  • Broke the program's 39-year bowl drought by leading the team to the 1982 Tangerine Bowl, the 1983 Liberty Bowl and the 1985 Cotton Bowl
  • Defeated Miami 47-45 on probably the most memorable play in college football history
  • On his famous "Hail Mary!" pass completion to Gerard Phelan, he threw the ball 65 yards in the air
  • Led the program to its last major bowl win, defeating Houston 45-28 in the 1985 Cotton Bowl.
  • The Eagles would finish the 1984 season 10-2 and would match the highest final AP ranking (No. 5) in program history.
  • Our school's only Heisman Trophy winner
  • Flutie's hardware from his 1984 season also includes the Maxwell Award (player of the year), Walter Camp Award (player of the year), UPI, Kodak and The Sporting News Player of the Year and Davey O'Brien Award (best quarterback)
  • Left school in 1984 as the NCAA’s all-time passing yardage leader with 10,579 yards and total yards with 11,318
  • Holds Eagles records for single-game passing yards (520) and single-game passing TDs (6)
  • Also smart! Rhodes Scholar finalist
  • Creator of the (somewhat controversial) "Flutie Effect" theory - the phenomenon of having a successful college sports team increase the exposure for a university (after the 1984 football season, undergrad applications surged 16 percent in 1984 and 12 percent in 1985).
  • Sports Illustrated cover boy four times (2 times as a B.C. Eagle)
  • Already has a statue commemorating his Hail Mary pass outside of Alumni Stadium

Maybe Not?
  • Um ... he never beat Notre Dame?

  • Acronym which includes his name reminds unknowing co-eds the order of the four main buildings in the Quad
  • (We know we said pro success doesn't count but) Dude's got his own cereal

Quote from the movie Rushmore that may or may not lend credence to his candidacy

Mr. Littlejeans: Best play ever, man.