Apparently GOATs travel in a herd.
Doug Flutie, the greatest CFL quarterback of all-time, joined TSN 1050 hosts Michael Landsberg and Carlo Colaiacovo on Friday to talk about the NFL playoffs. While he’s rooting for his former team in Buffalo to snap their Super Bowl curse, Flutie couldn’t help but marvel at the accomplishments of former teammate Tom Brady as he looks to cement his own greatest-of-all-time status with a seventh championship.
“I expect it of Tom. I got to spend a year with him my last season and he was already Tom Brady and won Super Bowls and all that,” Flutie said of the Tampa Bay starter. “Tom plays the game with his head and his arm, and his arm is as strong as it’s ever been. He’s so smart and he knows his system inside and out.”
Flutie served as Brady’s backup with the New England Patriots in 2005 before retiring and the two remain close. During the season, Brady texts Flutie once a week and one particular interaction early in 2020 provided a hilarious reminder of Flutie’s time north of the border.
“It was early this season and [Brady] shoots me a text and he’s with Tie Domi. I was like, ‘What the hell?'” Flutie explained. “He said, ‘Tie’s bragging about his football accolades with the Argos.'”
Legendary NHL enforcer Tie Domi spent 16 seasons in the big leagues, spending parts of 12 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs and retiring as the league’s all-time leader in fighting majors with a whopping 333.
The Windsor native was also a talented soccer player and put his kicking talents to use for charity in the 1996 and 1997 CFL seasons, suiting up for a one preseason game with the Toronto Argonauts each year to raise money for local causes.
“Tie came and played in preseason and kicked some field goals for us just for fun,” Flutie laughed. “I said remind Tie of the one he missed — went to cover and got lit up and landed on his back.”
While Domi’s kicking skills did little to help Flutie win back-to-back Grey Cups with the Argos, they were just bad enough for the six-time CFL Most Outstanding Player to share a laugh with a six-time Super Bowl champion.
Flutie envies Brady’s unprecedented longevity, showing no signs of slowing at the age where Flutie himself was forced to hang up the cleats. Much like Domi, however, Flutie still thinks he could contribute on special teams.
“I may be 167 years old but I’m still ready to go hold. I can hold for field goals and extra points,” Flutie insisted before changing his tune. “Actually, maybe not in Canada because in Canada guys return kicks and you’ve got to go cover. Once I’m down, I need three guys to come over and get me up off the one knee.”
The former Heisman Trophy winner still keeps in contact with many of his teammates from his stints with the Argonauts, Calgary Stampeders and B.C. Lions, including current Argos’ GM Mike ‘Pinball’ Clemons. Looking back, Flutie has nothing but gratitude for his time in Canada.
“It was so much fun playing football up there and that league meant so much to me. Those years restored my confidence and gave me the ability to get back to the NFL and have some prosperous years there as well.”