Danielsen appreciated handoff

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:49 AM ET

Vince Danielsen remembers his first CFL touchdown catch like it was yesterday -- not for the reception but for the reaction.

It was 1994 when a fresh-faced Danielsen grabbed a Doug Flutie pass for his first pro score.

But the connection happened to be one that broke the record for most passing touchdowns in a season for Flutie, who retired from pro football yesterday.

"(Equipment manager) George Hopkins grabbed the ball and was taking it off the field," Danielsen recalled.

"I yelled to him, 'That was my first touchdown.'

"Geo said it was a record-breaker and was saving it. I said, 'So much for that ball.'

"The next day, Doug came up to me in the locker-room and gave me the ball.

"He said, 'I'll throw a lot more touchdowns but you will never catch your first one again.'

"Those are the stories that people don't really hear about. That's the way he was. It was amazing for me."

Flutie set the record that season for most TD passes with 48, breaking his own record set the previous season.

He owns or shares four of the top six marks in that category.

Danielsen remembers most how Flutie would share his rewards around the locker-room at every chance.

"I'm sure he kept the final one he threw that year, though," Danielsen said.

"It was real neat to be a part of it."


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