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By Rob Gill, Co-Producer
EDITOR’S NOTE: “DOUG FLUTIE: A Football Life” premieres Friday, October 17 at 9pm/ET on NFL Network.
Last May, the National Football League cognoscenti and “insiders” couldn’t stop gushing about an undersized, ad-libbing quarterback dynamo who had transformed the perception of his college program. The group-think among those whose opinions mattered ensured he’d become a 1st round pick. The only mystery was exactly how high he’d be selected. Ultimately, the Cleveland Browns chose Doug Flutie 2.0, Johnny Manziel, with the 22nd pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. They even gave him one of Flutie’s uncommon uniform numbers.
Now, week after week, Manziel spends his time precisely the same place The Original Doug Flutie often found himself during his NFL career: the bench. But that’s where the similarities between the two quarterbacks end, because while there was a seemingly endless…
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