Coach to serve up Flutie intro at dinner

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:31 AM ET

During his playing career, Doug Flutie made his offensive co-ordinator look like good on many occasions.

Now one of those men gets to return the favour.

Calgary Stampeders head coach John Hufnagel will introduce the former star quarterback during the Wall of Fame banquet tomorrow night at the Calgary Golf and Country Club.

Flutie, offensive lineman Rocco Romano and defensive back Frank Andruski will be honoured at halftime of Saturday's matchup with the Saskatchewan Roughriders at McMahon Stadium (6 p.m., TSN).

"I have the opportunity and honour to introduce Doug," Hufnagel said about Friday's dinner.

"It's an honour for not only him but this football team. He was a tremendous player, not only on the field but off the field as well. He was a great leader and was so prepared. He was a great competitor.

"Doug always says how much fun his time in the CFL was, and that was because he enjoys playing. He played his heart out."

When Flutie was setting records with the Stamps in the early 1990s, Hufnagel was the offensive co-ordinator drawing up his plays.

Of course, Flutie improvised quite a bit.

In only four years with the Stamps, Flutie holds the record for most passing yards (20,551), completions (1,438) and touchdown passes (140).

Hufnagel says Flutie is the best player ever to play in the CFL because of his competitive fire and ability to complete any play no matter the design.

"That was the bonus of coaching a player of Doug's calibre," Hufnagel said. "You could do some things that you just had to tell Doug, 'We'll try this, but this will be one problem you have to deal with.' He would say he could handle it and usually that was the case.

"We had lots of fun, no question about it. He was always in my office asking to try this or that. He was a keen player in the meeting room and on the field. He made his teammates better as well. His teammates appreciated his approach to the game."


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