Darren Flutie’s Journey from American Football to the Ticats Wall of Honour

Over the course of his 12-year CFL career, wide receiver Darren Flutie caught 971 passes for 14,341 yards and 66 touchdowns.

The final five years of his career came as a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats where Flutie produced five consecutive seasons of 900+ receiving yards.

In 1999, Flutie hauled in 84 passes for 1,155 yards and seven touchdowns in-route to helping The Hammer win the 87th Grey Cup. He was dominant on the Championship stage, catching six passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns.

Flutie became a legend in Hamilton and as such, will be named to the Ticats Wall of Honour during the team’s August 17th matchup with the Edmonton Elks.

The timing couldn’t be better as later in the season on November 19th, Tim Hortons Field will host the 110th Grey Cup. Last month, the CFL announced its new partnership with CBS Sports Network, which will broadcast the 110th Grey Cup to an American audience.

Flutie began his career playing American football for the San Diego Chargers in 1988. Although his time in the NFL was brief, Flutie made the most out of his opportunities—catching 18 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie.

On September 18th, 1988, Flutie had the opportunity to square off against future Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Steve Largent and the Seattle Seahawks. Largent led Seattle with 71 receiving yards. Flutie led San Diego with 51 receiving yards and the Chargers eventually walked away with a 17-6 win over the Seahawks.

If you combine Flutie’s NFL and CFL production, he ended his 15-year pro football career with 989 receptions for 14,549 yards and 68 touchdowns.

The Tiger-Cats begin the 2023 season June 9th, on the road vs. the Blue Bombers.

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