4. Eagles Fly
He’s the shortest quarterback in Patriots history and didn’t have a sliver of success that Brady did, but Doug Flutie made perhaps the greatest throw and had the greatest moment in Boston sports history. He jumped what looked like 10 feet in the air, after hurling a sixty-yard bomb.
Flutie is probably the most famous Boston collegiate athlete ever. He was among the first quarterbacks to run with the ball.
He was entertaining because we could relate to him. He could barely see over the offensive line, half of Tom Brady’s size. He scampered for first downs. He spun out of pockets, first right then left.
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At times Flutie picked up first downs on sheer will, and as the sunset on a cool Saturday night in November 1984, he did the unthinkable and took down the Miami Hurricanes.
He doesn’t have the longevity of moments that Brady had, but Flutie’s moment stand in time in Boston sports history. He seemed almost suspended in mid-air after that throw. It’s something you show your kid or your grandkids; it’s a play your Uncle John recreates in the backyard.