Doug Flutie Biography
Doug Flutie was born October 23, 1962 in Manchester, Maryland. He has flourished over the past 20 years in both college and professional football. He may be best known as an All American at Boston College where he majored in computer science and speech communications. Personally, I find this to be very interesting as I am a computer science major myself. Nonetheless, his most memorial moment came when he threw the winning Hail Mary TD pass in a last-minute 47-45 upset over the Miami Hurricanes. He became the first American college quarterback to pass for 10,000 yards in that same 1984 season. This helped him secure the Heisman Trophy, which is given to the best college football player of the season. After college, he saw limited experience in the NFL before he began his road to success in the CFL.
Doug played in the CFL for eight years where he won the Grey Cup MVP in 1991-1994, 1996, and 1997. Moreover, he was named as the league's Most Outstanding Player in six of his eight seasons. Then in 1998, he signed a four-year contract with the NFL's Buffalo Bills. Many touted that (at 5 foot 10 inches) he was too small to play in the NFL. Others said that his six Most Outstanding Player awards were meaningless because the CFL is a league for "chumps". His goal seemed clear, he had to prove his critics wrong. Doug got his chance to prove his critics wrong in the fifth game of the season as he was named the starter. He lead the Bills to a 7-3 record over the remainder of the season (including a 5-1 record at home). He earned a selection to the Pro-Bowl and won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. Furthermore, he earned the team's player of the week honor five times that season. Doug had done what he set out to do and kept his critics at bay. From there, in 1999 he set the Bills' record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 476 yards. Through the air he passed for an unprecedented 3,171 yards. He played with the Bills for a total of three seasons until he signed a six year deal with the San Diego Chargers on March 9, 2001. Doug assumed the starting quarterback role for the Chargers immediately. In his first season with the Chargers he broke his personal best by throwing for 3,464 yards. The 2003 season will be Doug's third season with the San Diego Chargers at the age of 40.
Doug also has a popular off the field personality. His approachable and caring personality have translated his success on the field into success off the field. He married his high-school sweetheart, Laura, and had two children named Doug Jr. and Alexa. Doug and his wife established the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism (check their website out here) in the name of their son, to help the less fortunate families who have children with autism. Additionally, Doug and his brother, Darren, are in a band called the "Flutie Gang". Doug plays the drums and his brother plays the guitar. In 2000, they released their second CD entitled "Ramblin Scramblin Man" after the success of their first CD "Catch This". A portion of the proceeds of the sale of the CD's go to benefit the Foundation.
Flutie, Doug, & Lefko, Perry. Flutie. Champaign, IL: Sports Publishing, Inc., 1999.