College Football Hall of Fame and 1984 Heisman Trophy Winner
Known for the famous “Hail Mary” pass against University of Miami, Doug Flutie rose to prominence during his college football career at Boston College. His name has been synonymous with football excellence in both college and the pros. Career accolades include: 1984 Heisman Trophy Winner; 1984 College Football Player of the Year; Six-Time CFL MVP; NFL Pro Bowl selection; NFL Comeback Player of the Year; Canadian Sports Hall of Fame Inductee; Boston College Varsity Club Hall of Fame Inductee and College Football Hall of Fame Inductee.
Flutie graduated from Boston College with degrees in Communications and Computer Science and was a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship. He played professional football for 21 years in three leagues and eight teams. His first stints were for the USFL’s New Jersey Generals, Chicago Bears and New England Patriots through the late 1980’s. He then played in the Canadian Football League for eight years, winning three CFL Championship Grey Cups, along with three Grey Cup MVP awards. He became a league-wide marquee attraction, being named the league's Most Outstanding Player an unprecedented six times.
Flutie returned to the NFL in 1998 with the Buffalo Bills, where he was selected to the NFL Pro Bowl, carrying them to the playoffs and was honored as “NFL Comeback Player of the Year.” At the age of 38, Flutie signed with the San Diego Chargers to become their starting quarterback. After four seasons with the Chargers, Flutie was offered the opportunity to finish his career with his hometown team, the New England Patriots. Flutie played one season with the Patriots before retiring, but in true Flutie fashion, he went out with a bang. On New Year's Day 2006, Flutie completed the NFL's first "drop kick" for an extra point in 64 years! A fitting end to a long, storied career.
Broadcasting has been Flutie’s calling post-football, including as a leading analyst for NBC’s coverage of Notre Dame Football and as a college football analyst for ESPN and ABC. Flutie launched his own podcast, Flutie’s Flakescast on SiriusXM in which he interviews football greats and other celebrities.
Flutie’s down-to-earth and energetic personality and approachable style has translated his success on the football field into success off the field. Flutie has multiple national and regional commercials and endorsements and in 2016, Flutie competed on ABC’s hit reality show ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ Flutie is a drummer in the Flutie Brothers Band and is an avid surfer and baseball player.
Flutie is married to his high-school sweetheart, Laurie, and is the father of two children, Alexa and Dougie, Jr. He and his wife established the "Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism" in 1998 in the name of their son to help families who have children with autism. Sales of his signature cereal, Flutie Flakes, supports the organization. The Flutie Foundation has raised approximately $25 million dollars for autism causes to date.