By DAN TOMASINO
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May 10, 2007 -- Doug Flutie knows a little something about being a quarterback, and said yesterday that Chad Pennington and Eli Manning have the ability to lead the Jets and Giants for many years.
While a member of the Bills and Patriots, Flutie saw Pennington play up close on several occasions.
"I love Chad's leadership skills," said Flutie, in midtown yesterday for the National Football Foundation's announcement of its College Football Hall of Fame class of 2007, which included Flutie, Ahmad Rashad and Joe Paterno.
"A lot of people question his arm strength, [but being a] quarterback is about decision making. [Pennington] has a knack of putting his team in a position to win."
Flutie's evaluation of Manning was slightly less optimistic, though he did acknowledge his talent.
"Eli is the prototypical quarterback," Flutie said. "He has all the potential - and potential's a dangerous word - but he's got all the skills it takes to get it done. He's a young kid, he's still learning, and he's going to get better and better."
Flutie, the 1984 Heisman winner with Boston College, said the criticism that Pennington and Manning are not capable of leading a team to the Super Bowl is unfounded.
"That's the nature of the business," Flutie said of the notion that a quarterback must win a Super Bowl to prove his mettle. "It amazes me; it absolutely amazes me. If John Elway had retired two years earlier, they would've said that about him."
Flutie, who currently works as a football analyst, said he was not surprised to see Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn drop to the 22nd pick in the NFL Draft.
"You never know what to expect because it's a matter of [teams'] needs," he said.