Doug Flutie, will serve as Sports Marshal for the 2012 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival; and, will also have the honor of serving as the Main Speaker at the Festival’s 2012 Wells Fargo Sports Breakfast. Douglas Richard “Doug” Flutie (born October 23, 1962) first rose to national prominence as an All-American at Boston College, where he received the prestigious Heisman Trophy, the Davey O’Brien National Quaterback Award and was named the College Football Player of the Year in 1984. His “Hail Mary” touchdown pass in a game against the University of Miami on November 23, 1984 (dubbed “Hail Flutie” by the media) is considered among the greatest moments in American sports history. In addition to his collegiate athletic achievements, Flutie maintained a distinguished academic record at Boston College. He was a Rhodes Scholarship finalist in 1984; and, also won a National Football Foundation post-graduate scholarship.
Flutie was drafted out of college by the LA Rams; but, ended up playing that year for the New Jersey Generals in the United States Football League. In 1986, he signed with the NFL’s Chicago Bears and later played for the New England Patriots, becoming their starting quarterback in 1988. Flutie began an incredible run in 1990 in the Canadian Football League by signing with the BC Lions; and, in 1991, threw for a record 6,619 yards before being traded to the Calgary Stampeders, whom he led to victory in the 1992 Grey Cup. In 1994, he threw a record 48 touchdown passes. Flutie left the Stampeders in 1996, when he signed with the Toronto Argonauts, leading them to back-to-back Grey Cup victories in 1996 and 1997. Flutie was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player a record six times, and was named the MVP in all three of his Grey Cup victories.
He returned to the NFL in 1998 with the Buffalo Bills, where he earned Pro Bowl and NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors. At the age of 38, he signed with the San Diego Chargers to become their starting quarterback. After four seasons with the Chargers, Doug was offered the opportunity to finish his career with his hometown team, the New England Patriots. Doug played one season with the Patriots before he retired, but in true Flutie fashion, he went out with a bang. On New Year’s Day 2006, Doug completed the NFL’s first “drop kick” for an extra point in 64 years; a fitting end to a long, storied career! In 2006, he was ranked #1 in a list of the Top 50 CFL Players of all time. He was named to the College Football Hall of Fame and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. He is a former college football analyst for ABC and ESPN. In 2009, he joined Versus as a broadcaster for the United Football League; and, is currently a college football analyst for NBC Sports.
Doug has a charismatic personality; and, his approachable and personable style has translated his success on the football field into success off the field. A man of many talents, Doug is the drummer of the Flutie Brothers Band. He has also written an autobiography, entitled Flutie, recounting his life both on and off the field. Married to his high-school sweetheart, Laurie Flutie, and the father of two children, Doug and his wife established, the “Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism” in 1998 in the name of their son, Dougie Jr., to help less-fortunate families who have children with autism. He also created a cereal, Flutie Flakes, with the benefits going towards this organization. The Flutie Foundation has raised over $13 million dollars for autism-related causes. Doug Flutie’s appearance is sponsored by got milk?, America’s Dairy Farmers and Jack and Johnny Hardesty.