Doug Flutie does not belong in the Hall of Fame.ESPN.com's Mark Kreidler
seems not to write that Flutie does or does not belong, but instead that he should be considered
based on his accomplishments.
I say that's crazy.
Yes, it is called the Pro Football Hall of Fame, not the National Football League Hall of Fame. Yes, Warren Moon is being inducted into the Hall this August with a rather accomplished CFL resume. Yes, Doug Flutie had good numbers in the Canadian Football League. All of this is well and good but there's one thing missing from all of this...
CFL ≠ NFL
Any argument saying that CFL stats have to be considered without emphasizing that the CFL is inferior talent wise to the NFL is ridiculous. Kriedler notes that Flutie spent most of his time in the NFL as a backup, and isn't that enough of a vote against Flutie for any Hall consideration? How many career backups do you know of in the HOF? Yes, Moon's records were inflated in the Run n' Shoot offense, but he set the single-season passing record in his first year in Oilers blue - 2 years before they started running the Run n' Shoot. He broke his own record 4 more times. When he retired, Moon ranked 3rd and 4th respectively in career passing yards and touchdown passes.
And that's in the NFL, not in Pro Football.
Doug Flutie was a good quarterback. He's had memorable moments throughout his career (college, CFL, NFL), but he doesn't belong in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Is there a CFL Hall of Fame? If so, he should be first ballot there, not here.