Doug Flutie, Quarterback, Alumni Stadium, Boston College - Boston, MA
Posted by: NorStar
N 42° 20.158 W 071° 10.049
19T E 321437 N 4689354
Quick Description: This statue of Doug Flutie shows him frozen in the famous pose just before throwing the "Hail Mary" pass that resulted in a memorable victory over University of Miami in 1984.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 4/10/2012 6:58:19 PM
Waymark Code: WME6TA
In Boston, at the north entrance of Alumni Stadium on the campus of Boston College, is a statue of perhaps the most famous football alumn, Doug Flutie.
The sculpture is roughly lifesize. Doug Flutie is in the pose of the memorable moment when he is about to launch the "Hail Mary" pass to the endzone (A "Hail Mary" pass is a pass where you throw the football as far as you can in hope that a person on your team catches it for a touchdown). He is standing on one leg and his left arm is forward to balance himself while his right arm and hand are cocked, ready to launch the football in his clutches. The detail on the statue is such that you can not only read the number, 65, on his shirt, but also all the holes in the shirt as well. The stern face, framed by his helment, is looking skyward. The sculpture is placed on a granite stone base.
On the base is a plaque that has the following:
"Dan Davis: Here's your ballgame, folks, as Flutie takes the snap...He drops straight back...has some time...Now he scrambles away from one hit...looks...uncorks a deep one for the end zone...Phelan is down there...
Gino Cappelletti: Oh, he got it!
Davis: Did he get it?
Cappelletti: He got it!
Davis: Touchdown! Touchdown! Touchdown! Touchdown! Touchdown, Boston College! He did it! He did it!
This transcription of the WRKO-AM broadcast of the 1984 Boston College-Miami game."
Doug Flutie was born on October 23, 1962. He was admitted into Boston College and played quarterback. The moment on November 23, 1984 when he threw the pass is considered one of the greatest moments in college football history. The victory was over their then arch rivals in the conference, University of Miami. Flutie won the Heismann Trophy that year. Flutie had a varied professional career, playing for the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League, several teams in the Canadian Football League, and several teams in the National Football League. At each place he played, he proved his critics wrong, racking up records and showing his ability to scramble and score points. He has been inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame (1st non-Canadian), College Football Hall of Fame, and Canadian Football of Fame. His personal life outside of football includes supporting research in Autism.
So this bronze statue remains as a reminder of the golden moment for Boston College sports. Hopefully there will be more so that Doug isn't lonely here.
Boston College Web Site (Boston College Chronicle, "Remembering the Miracle" in Miami"):