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Doug Flutie says UFL access makes him 'feel like a quarterback'

Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, left, former Dartmouth linebacker Reggie Williams, center, and former Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie, pose for a group photo at the National Football Foundation awards dinner in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007. (Credit: Henny Ray Abrams, Associated Press)

At the end of an otherwise pleasant conference call Monday with coach Ted Cottrell and Versus analyst Doug Flutie, I had to break the news to them I would not be attending the Sentinels’ UFL home opener Thursday night at Giants Stadium. 

I blamed the Angels. They understood. 

Flutie was very high on the talent level in the UFL – “awesome!’’ – and compared the league favorably to the USFL, in which he played in the 1980s. 

“It’s very similar,’’ he said. “It’s a similar situation except for the fact that they’ve made a commitment to pay everyone the same salary . . . The difference with the USFL is Donald Trump went out and spent a lot of money. They went after a handful of marquee names, but that’s not the case here.’’ 

As for the television product, Flutie said the UFL allows far more access than does the NFL to locker rooms, miked players and coaches and such.

“I feel like a quarterback now,’’ he said, “because I can hear a lot of the conversation and play calls. I can anticipate what a play call may be and say it right before the snap.’’

Photo: AP

 

Tags: UFL , Versus

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