Doug Flutie

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Doug Flutie

Born

10/23/1962, Manchester, Maryland (USA)

Birth Name

Douglas Richard Flutie

Gender

Male
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Biography

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Doug is a former NCAA, CFL and NFL star quarterback. He currently works for ESPN and ABC as a college football analyst.

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  • Trivia

    • Doug appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated four times between September 26, 1983 and November 09, 1998.

    • Doug broke a Boston College single-game record by throwing six touchdowns against North Carolina in his senior season.

    • In 2007, Doug became the first non-Canadian to be elected to Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

    • As of 2008, Doug ranked 6th on career passing yards by a professional football player with 57,874 yards.

    • On January 1, 2006, Doug became the first NFL player since 1941 to successfully convert a drop kick in the NFL. This was the last play of his NFL career.

    • Doug was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007, his first year of eligibility.

    • Doug was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Player six times. He was also named Greatest CFL Player in the TSN Top 50 CFL Players Program on November 17, 2006.

    • The name "Flutie Flakes" is often used as a derisive term referring to Doug's sometimes extremely zealous fans.

    • He founded the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, an organization to raise awareness and research for autism. It is named for his autistic son, Doug Jr.

    • He has his own breakfast cereal called "Flutie Flakes". The colors of the box change according to what team he is currently playing for.

    • He is the brother of Darren Flutie, the former all-time reception leader for the CFL.

    • During his career, he was AFC Offensive Player of the Week four times. In 2003, he became the oldest player to receive that honor.

    • In 2003 Doug became the oldest player (at 41 years old) to score two rushing touchdowns in one game.

    • He was selected to play in the NFL Pro Bowl in 1998.

    • The band Moxy Früvous has recorded a song about Doug Flutie.

    • Under Doug Flutie's leadership, the Toronto Argonauts won Grey Cups in 1996 and 1997.

    • Doug parents are both from Lebanese ancestry.

    • He was Kodak player of the year in his last year at Boston College.

    • Doug Flutie led the Calgary Stampeders to a Grey Cup Championship in 1992.

    • Flutie's backup when he played for Calgary was Jeff Garcia, who later became starting quarterback for the San Francisco Giants in the NFL.

    • The college admissions phenomenon called the "Flutie Factor" was named after Doug. It refers to the dramatic increase in admissions applications Boston College received after his 1984 famous "Hail Mary" pass was seen on national television. It has been shown that significant sports accomplishments provide increased recognition to any school.

    • In his senior year in college, he was declared Player of the Year by the Maxwell Football Club.

    • In 1990, he left the NFL to sign with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League.

    • He was named Player of the Year by The Sporting News in his senior year of college.

    • He was a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship.

    • He finished his college career as the NCAA all-time pass yardage leader.

    • His first professional team was the New Jersey Generals of the USFL.

    • Doug threw a "Hail Mary" pass on Nov. 23, 1984, leading the BC Eagles to victory of the Miami Hurricanes, a play which is considered one of the greatest moments in college football history.

    • He attended and played for Boston College.

    • Broadcaster John Madden once said that Flutie was the best Quarterback of his generation "inch for inch", a play on the fact that Doug is only five feet nine inches tall.

    • In high school he was an outstanding performer in basketball and baseball as well as football.

    • Doug grew up in Natick, Massachusetts and graduated from Natick High School.

  • Quotes

    • Doug: I think the world of Matt and I think he can handle it. He knows that system and he can make all the throws. So I don't think you change anything, but you may limit it somewhat because he hasn't run all the stuff that Tom has before. (On Matt Cassel replacing NFL MVP quarterback Tom Brady)

    • Doug: I think the world of Matt and I think he can handle it. He knows that system and he can make all the throws. So I don't think you change anything, but you may limit it somewhat because he hasn't run all the stuff that Tom has before. (On Matt Cassel replacing NFL MVP quarterback Tom Brady)

    • Doug: He can do some things that just make you shake your head. (on quarterback Michael Vick)

    • Doug: The day I retire is the day I'll feel old. I'm not there yet.

    • Doug: I guess I did more than just throw one pass. (referring to his 48-yard touchdown pass to Gerard Phelan to beat Miami in 1984)

    • Doug: It's my whole life of being the little guy and having a little chip on my shoulder, from year to year trying to prove myself, and at the end of the day to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame is a very special honor for me.

    • John Madden: Inch for inch, Flutie in his prime was the best QB of his generation.

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