Retired quarterback Doug Flutie spoke highly of fellow signal-caller Tom Brady despite playing just one season with him in New England Patriots in 2005. A 21-year veteran of the USFL, CFL, and the NFL, Flutie ended his career as a backup to Brady with the Patriots, where he suited up for five games. Despite his short time with Brady, Flutie had some great stories to tell about the six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback. In an interview on The Rich Eisen Show, Flutie praised Brady for his tireless work ethic and elite football intelligence. In addition, Flutie said Brady has the ability to make everyone on the team important.

Flutie told Eisen about the event where Brady praised him for his word of advice that resulted in a touchdown during a two-minute drill. “He came straight off the field to me and said, ‘That’s yours’,” said Flutie, recalling Brady’s encouraging words to him. Flutie said he didn’t deserve the accolade since Brady has done it for 100 times before he joined the Patriots. “He would acknowledge any contribution by anyone on the team. It was pretty impressive,” said Flutie, whose stint with the Patriots ended when he successfully executed the first drop kick in the NFL since 1941.

Flutie praises Bill Belichick’s attention to detail

During the interview, Flutie also talked about the coaching style of head coach Bill Belichick.

According to Flutie, Belichick was careful about giving away game plans during interviews so he’s very secretive about information that he relays to the media. As part of Belichick’s preparation, he will ask staff members to pore over articles in search of quotes from the opposing locker room. Flutie said he was amazed at how Belichick and his coaching staff came out with information in their scouting reports and in their game plans from details that came out of a press conference.

Since taking over the Patriots’ reins, Belichick has led the team to six Super Bowl trophies.

Flutie a decorated quarterback

Flutie was a decorated quarterback out of Boston College, winning the Heisman Trophy and the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award in 1984. However, his impressive college background did not help him earn a high mark in the 1985 NFL Draft as he was taken 285th overall by the Los Angeles Ram.

Flutie opted to play in the upstart USFL, signing a five-year deal worth $7 million with the New Jersey Generals. However, the USFL folded the following year and Flutie joined the Chicago Bears after his rights were traded by the Rams.

Flutie played games with the Bears before he was traded to the Patriots before the 1987 season, which was hampered by a strike by the NFL Players Association. Flutie decided to cross the picket lines and played for the Patriots from 1987 to 1989 before he headed to the Canadian Football League where he played for eight years. Flutie returned to the NFL in 1998, signing with the Buffalo Bills where he played until 2000. He played four seasons with the San Diego Chargers before he ended his playing career with the Patriots at age 43. Brady, for his part, plans to play until he’s 45 years old.