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Earlier in the summer, former NFL star Doug Flutie weighed in on what he perceived as bias against short people in the NFL. He is close with Russell Wilson, and it seems the Seahawks aren’t among those who think that way. But anyway, Flutie spoke to me while doing publicity for a campaign that is just now being unveiled.
Flutie and Broncos executive John Elway both star in Dove’s campaign, Journey to Comfort, coming to your TV screen. This is the news release, and here are a bunch of videos with the ex-players sharing some stories. Classic material. Anyway, I asked Flutie about all of this when we spoke.
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Me: Can you explain the focus of the ad campaign?
Flutie: “It’s that journey to comfort thing. It’s easy to talk about. Instead of learning a script, you’re talking about these moments in your life, milestones that kinda represent a transition in your life. A journey to comfort is your family becoming more important or the birth of my child or Dougie being diagnosed with Autism and you put things in perspective and realize there are things more important than football going on here.”
Me: As you’re discussing it, does it help you appreciation your career and what you went through?
Flutie: “Very well said. No doubt about it. My wife was pulling out old pictures throughout the day, scanning some pictures they’re going to use in the commercial and (we were) reliving those experiences we went through together. Whether my wife and I visiting the White House, the birth of our first child, Dougie when he was diagnosed, all these thing that you’ve experienced and lived through, sometimes you gotta take pause and look back and enjoy the fact that you went through all these things and what it meant in your life and where it directed your life.”
Me: I know what your best college memory is, but what’s your best pro memory?
Flutie: ”The NFL memory that kinda stands out was my first start in Buffalo. Well, we played Jacksonville in Buffalo and it was my first start in nine years because I’d gone to Canada for eight years and Jacksonville was undefeated at the time. We had a last-second drive, on fourth down, I ran a naked bootleg into the endzone for a touchdown and the celebration at the end of the game and then on the field… wow. My wife brought Dougie down to the sidelines, and I’m holding my son after the game, and I saw a picture of that, just really cool. Just a fun memory.”