Flutie still has the desire to play

Flutie stands at a crossroads. The way before him is lined with television gigs, playing in the NFL, the CFL, or perhaps as a coach.<br><br> After being drafted by the Los Angeles Rams, Flutie played in the USFL for the Jersey Generals before making his first appearance in the NFL. He went on to play for eight years in the CFL before making his way back to the NFL gridiron.

When he returned to the NFL game, he earned Pro Bowl honors and Comeback Player of the Year. In 2001, Doug Flutie began a four year stint with the San Diego Chargers – a time that ended this past week with his release from the team.

"It's kind of funny to hear some of the stories from some of the kids. Some of the kids…" Flutie breathed, catching himself with his reference to his former teammates. "Some of the guys on the team saw a USFL game on Classic Sports that I played in. That is twenty years ago. Playing against Reggie White, the Memphis Showboats, Jersey Generals.

"Damn, you are old."

While he doesn't mind holding the clipboard nearly as much as he did when he was with Buffalo, there is still fight left in his 42-year old bones.

Perhaps the magic is just a sprinkle of wizardry nowadays but Flutie is always ready to contribute.

"I still feel like a kid out here," Flutie says with an eight year olds smile. "There are a few more days where I am not as enthusiastic. That is going to happen I guess. For the most part you come out and are excited about it."

His success stems from a regimen that rivals Jerry Rice. He puts in his time in the offseason and is always staying busy. From the band to his habits – all to keep his body in line with his sharp mind.

Twenty years in professional football.

"To me there has never been any secret about it – keep yourself in shape, never slow down and don't allow yourself to stop," Flutie explains. "Once you take a couple of months off or a year off or whatever it is, you can settle in very easily."

The chants for Flutie were often associated with what he accomplished at the helm. Now fans are wondering whether he will drop the helmet to pick up a chalkboard.

With such a successful career already in the books, it would seem Flutie was born to coach.

He even admits that he would not know what to do without a football in his hands.

"I told someone today, ‘Thirty-five years of organized football,'" Flutie said. "I just wouldn't know what to do with myself if I wasn't doing it."

By his own rationale, when the spikes are ready to be hung up it would seem coaching is the natural progression.

"I think he will explore other things and not being a coach," Chargers general manager A.J. Smith said. "I don't think coaching is (in my future)," Flutie agreed. "I have seen the job. I don't like it. I don't like the hours. I don't like the insecurity of it."

It isn't that he doesn't enjoy teaching the game. He does. But on a stage such as the National Football League with its turnstile approach to the coaching ranks, it is easy to see why he wouldn't want a job with so little rewards.

His enjoyment stems from coaching on a lower level. One without pressure.

"I spent a lot of time throwing to kids at Boston College, throwing with some high school kids," Flutie said of his coaching skills. "My nephew is going to be a quarterback.

"Getting them together, working with them at BC. That to me is fun but at a lower level. It is informal and that would be fun. I would not mind helping out at the high school level."

There is a reported television gig for the taking, a possible return to the CFL to be reunited with his brother or latching on as a backup in the NFL.

Perhaps his time is now but given his competitive nature it would be hard to assume that.

"Make it last as long as you can and when it is done it is done."

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