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Passing Time
Leigh Montville
June 22, 1998
At 35 and with nothing left to prove in Canada, little Doug Flutie is taking one last shot at making it big in the NFL
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June 22, 1998

Passing Time

At 35 and with nothing left to prove in Canada, little Doug Flutie is taking one last shot at making it big in the NFL

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Flutie has held press conferences in Boston and New York to announce the formation of the fund. He wants to do more. He thinks about his own little problems that have never seemed to go away—Too small? Too short? Too...something?—and they seem even smaller. There are more important worries.

"You know, I see these young guys at the Bills' training facility," the 35-year-old teenager says. "They're 22 years old, 23, and football is their life. I was just like them at their age. They're taking all this stuff, trying to get bigger and bigger, add more muscles. You get older, you have a family, you see what really matters."

Nothing, it turns out, is frozen in place forever. Not even endless adolescence.

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