Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield became the number one overall pick in the 2018 Draft when the Cleveland Browns selected him despite criticism that the 6-foot-1 Heisman Trophy winner did not measure up to NFL standards. After his exciting play this past season, Mayfield has very few—if any– detractors in the Dawg Pound.
Another undersized Heisman Trophy- winning QB from Oklahoma may be the number choice in next week’s Draft if the Arizona Cardinals hold on to the top pick and choose 5-foot-10 Kyler Murray.
“it just means I was 20 years too early,” says 1984 Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie whose 5-foor-10 height worked against him during his NFL days. He was relegated to spend a good portion (1990-97) of his professional career in the CFL where he was voted Most Outstanding Player six times. He was a three-time Grey Cup Champion and, by the way, three-time Grey Cup MVP.
“I don’t know if I feel vindication,” the 56-year old Flutie explains, “but I definitely cheer for these guys. I’m definitely pulling for them to do well. Maybe by them doing well, it validates what I was doing, especially in Canada. I just want to see them succeed.”
Flutie’s height hasn’t affected his stature during his post-playing days. He is a standout college football analyst for NBC Sports. He and his wife Laurie have raised millions of dollars through the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism which was established in honor of their son Doug who has the developmental disorder. We at NFL Alumni hope that all the collegians who are drafted next week—regardless of height– have long and healthy careers in our League.