Gridiron football player Doug Flutie announced his retirement, ending a fabulous 21-year career of American football.
The official announcement was made by the New England Patriots, for whom he played five games last season.
"I still have that passion but you've got to make that decision if you can stay healthy through the year," Flutie recently said at an appearance at a Boston high school, where he demonstrated drop kicks.
Doug Flutie started his professional career in the United States Football League (USFL) with the New Jersey Generals. The USFL folded in 1986, and Flutie was the league's last active player.
Flutie surprised many when he signed with the New England Patriots instead of the New York Giants. He has been the backup behind Tom Brady and come in several times at the end of games to take a few snaps. Flutie has a 37-28 record as an NFL starter, including a 22-9 record in home games.
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