Friday, November 7, 2008

DOUG FLUTIE STATUE UNVEILED TODAY

Dan Davis: Here's your ballgame, folks, as Flutie takes the snap...He drops straight back...has some time...Now he scrambles away from one hit...looks...uncorks a deep one for the end zone...Phelan is down there...

Gino Cappelletti: Oh, he got it!

Davis: Did he get it?

Cappelletti: He got it!

Davis: Touchdown! Touchdown! Touchdown! Touchdown! Touchdown, Boston College! He did it! He did it! Flutie did it...He hit Phelan in the end zone...Touchdown!

Cappelletti: I don't believe it!

Davis: Oh, my goodness!

-The transcription of the WRKO-AM broadcast of the 1984 Boston College-Miami game.


Boston College will unveil a life-sized, bronze statue of Doug Flutie outside gate D of Alumni Stadium at 2 p.m. on Friday.

"This statue is a fitting tribute to the man who made Boston College football a household name," BC athletics director Gene DeFilippo said in a statement released by the school. "Doug played a huge role in the history of Boston College athletics. We're thrilled that he will be honored permanently outside Alumni Stadium." The statue depicts Flutie about to release his famous "Hail Mary" pass at Miami in 1984.

The Boston College athletics department commissioned renowned sculptor Harry Weber for the design and construction of the statue. Weber has prominent sculptures at 10 different professional and amateur stadiums as well as the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

In 1984, Flutie became the first player in Boston College history to win the Heisman Trophy. It capped an unbelievable 9-2 season that included the astounding victory over Miami, a win over Houston in the Cotton Bowl and a No. 5 national ranking. He finished his career as BC's all-time leading passer with 10,579 yards.

(Photos courtesy of Boston College & Getty Images)

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