The Renegades newest quarterback -- former Boston College star Paul Peterson -- was sold on the CFL by the most famous Eagles QB of all.
"I played catch with him all last summer ... he's a good guy," Peterson said yesterday after his initial workout with the Renegades at Ottawa U, when asked about his familiarity with Doug Flutie. "We had talked a little about the possibility of him coming back up here to Hamilton (before Flutie re-signed with the New England Patriots on Friday). He gave me some good pointers, told me how the league is run and about his time here.
''He's definitely a good guy to look up to."
Peterson started footstep following when he snared his best available option two weeks ago by signing with the Renegades, who held his CFL rights. He made his first visit to Ottawa on Friday, attended an open free-agent camp hosted by the Renegades yesterday and returns to Boston today.
"It's going to take awhile to get the field dimensions down, and I'm going to have to get to know the receivers," he said after showcasing his skills before coach Joe Paopao and staff. "I have a lot of film to watch and studying to do."
Peterson is undersized by NFL standards, standing 6-feet tall and weighing 190 lbs. And his M.O. sounds a bit like Flutie's. He can scramble -- "I think the type of game I play fits the style here" -- and has an average arm.
"It's not a cannon," said the 24-year-old Peterson, who spent two two years on his Mormon mission in Nicaragua. "But as long as you get it there, that's all that matters, right?"
Peterson also has plenty of metal -- in both his throwing hand and his leg. Near the end of last season, he broke his right paw against Temple, missed just one game, then came back to play in the Continental Tire Bowl against North Carolina in North Carolina.
"I was throwing ducks, but I was getting them there," Peterson said.
He must have been doing more than just getting them there, as he was named the game's MVP.
Peterson wasn't around to accept the award, however. With about 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter, he snapped his left tibia, an injury that required the surgical insertion of a rod and a couple of screws.
"I'm all metal," he said with a laugh.
Also attending yesterday's workout were about 30 others seeking an invite to the Renegades camp, which begins in a month. Among them were former Hamilton Tiger-Cats QB Dave Corley, who travelled from Philadelphia, plus former Edmonton Eskimos LB Olanzo Jarrett and Montreal natives Jason Manzano (McGill, LB) and Patrice Bernard (Concordia, WR).
Paopao expects to take two or three of those auditioning yesterday to Kemptville.
"I thought it was worth it," Paopao said of the experience. "It was informal, but it gave us a good chance to take a peek at them."