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Game Chang-eer: UPS Driver takes on Doug Flutie (Video)
Eddie Hughes

Eddie Hughes’ history as a game changer goes way back for this 23-year UPS driver.

He remembers it like it was yesterday: “It’s 1983, Doug Flutie (and Boston College) vs. West Virginia, and I was on defense. Doug Flutie has tried to score three times. We stopped him on the goal line. This is the game-changing play. Our backs are against the wall…”

Before he became a star player for UPS, Eddie Hughes was an outside linebacker for the West Virginia University (WVU) Mountaineers. He recalls the scene—and the logistics—of his most treasured football moment, WVU’s 27-17 victory over Boston College on September 24, 1983. Eddie made seven tackles to help his team win that game. He continues:

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The Logistics Behind Doug Flutie’s 1984 Hail Mary: Video
The Logistics Behind Doug Flutie’s 1984 Hail Mary

I remember the day that gave us the play that will forever be known as “Hail Flutie.” It was Friday, November 23, 1984 – the day after Thanksgiving. Our family was doing what we usually did every year – stuffing our faces with leftovers and spending quality family time around the TV that evening. I was only eight years old.

What transpired that evening has often been called one of the greatest moments in the history of sports – not just college football. The setup was perfect: Two nationally ranked teams in Boston College and the University of Miami, and two star quarterbacks (Doug Flutie and Miami’s Bernie Kosar) poised for an offensive shootout on national television. And the biggest difference from today: BC-Miami was the only game on TV that day.

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