On December 1, 1984, Doug Flutie became the 50th Heisman Memorial Trophy winner after completing his fourth and final season at Boston College. The trophy is awarded annually to the season’s best college football player.
Flute is most well-known for his senior year when he became the first American college quarterback to get 10,000 passing yards in a single season. He earned the title of All-American among other awards and recognitions. The most memorable moment of his college career was a last minute Hail Mary for a touchdown to upset the Miami Hurricanes 47-45.
Flutie was chosen by the Los Angeles Rams in the 11th round of the 1985 NFL draft and was on the Chicago Bears roster for the 1986 season. In ’87 he was traded to the New England Patriots and stayed there until the end of the 1989 season.
In 1990 Flutie showed up on the football field again, but this time it was in Canada with the British Columbia Lions. He also played for the Calgary Stampeders and the Toronto Argonauts. While playing in the Canadian Football League, he participated in the Grey Cup four times and led his team to a victory three times. He was also the league’s most outstanding player for six of his eight seasons in Canada. He left the CFL with 41,355 and 270 touchdowns. In 2007 he was named to the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame as well as the CFL Hall of Fame.
The Buffalo Bills signed Flutie after his successful run in the CFL and he played in the state of New York for three seasons before transferring to the San Diego Chargers. Critics were skeptical of his abilities because he was too small for American Football and they down played his achievements in the CFL. His mission was to prove everyone wrong, and he took the opportunity when he was named starter for the Bills and gave the team a 7-3 record under his leadership. He went back to the Patriots for his final season in 2005. He retired at the age of 43.
Flutie married his high school sweet-heart Laura and had two children, Doug Jr., and Alexa. Together they founded the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation after Doug Jr.’s diagnosis of a rare form of autism, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. The organization is there to assist families with autistic children.