The Boston Globe headline looked incredibly familiar. "Flutie heads comeback." Yet this wasn't a retro broadsheet release referring to Boston College's most famous sporting moment. Rather, it was another Flutie, and he was leading a comeback at Doug Flutie's original alma mater, Natick (Mass.) High.
As reported by the Globe and ESPN Boston, among other outlets, quarterback Troy Flutie -- yes, he is a member of that family -- engineered a 21-point fourth-quarter explosion as Natick rallied to knock off conference rival Needham, 49-24. The sophomore signal-caller was a one-man wrecking crew for Natick, gaining 108 yards and scoring two touchdowns on 24 carries and passing for 167 yards and a touchdown in an 11-for-14 performance through the air.
Evidently, pocket poise runs in the family. It turns out that modesty does, too, as Flutie happily deflected any praise sent in his direction toward his offensive line.
"Our O-line did their jobs, and all our guys knew what they were doing," Flutie told the Globe. "All I had to do was tell them what to do and they did it."
The Flutie who currently stars at Natick is a nephew of the school's most famous alum, who starred for his hometown school while wooing his high school sweetheart, Laurie, who is now his wife. Flutie's only son, Doug Jr., has autism, and has yet to play for the Red and Blue. His daughter is now a Patriots cheerleader, keeping the football lineage alive in a different form.
Troy Flutie's father, Darren, was no slouch on the football field either; the former wide receiver is a member of the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame.
That hasn't stopped other members of the rather expansive Flutie family from suiting up for the teams that brought Flutie glory. An elder Flutie nephew, Billy Flutie, starred at Natick before walking on at Boston College, where he is now a backup wide receiver.
Troy Flutie doesn't try to dodge the pressure he knows will come with his famous last name, particularly given his early success at Natick and the two additional varsity seasons he still has ahead of him.
"Of course there's pressure," the 15-year-old told the Globe. "And I'm sure I'll get stuff for being a Flutie, but I love my name."
As a sophomore starter, Flutie is still getting his first crack at living up to the rather sizable hype that comes with his surname, but the early results from Natick's 7-1 start to the 2011 campaign give plenty of reasons for optimism for Natick fans … and potentially for Boston College fans in the future.
"[This win] is great," Flutie told ESPN Boston. "It gives us so much confidence heading into Wellesley, Walpole and Framingham. I feel great about those games, [and] I really feel like we can win those and go further."
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