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Doug Flutie

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Sports Speaker Doug Flutie is a former NFL quarterback most notably for the Buffalo Bills. Doug was also a standout star in the Canadian Football League for 8 years. In 2014, Sports Speaker Doug appeared in an AT&T commercial that included former legends Herschel Walker, Bo Jackson and Joe Montana. In 2012, Doug was part of the Dove Men+Care: Journey to Comfort commercial as well as marketing campaigns deliverables with Instaflex Joint Support. After retirement in 2006, Doug worked as a college football analyst for ABC and ESPN and is currently working for NBC Sports.

Before professional football, Doug was the starting quarterback at Boston College University. During his senior season in 1984, the All-American led Boston College to a victory over national powerhouse Miami with arguably the most famous hail mary play in college football history. With only 6 seconds left in the game, Doug heaved a pass an astounding 63 yards into the end zone to win the game. He went on to win the Heisman Trophy in 1984, the first quarterback to do so since 1971.

Doug was not heavily considered out of college, getting drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the 11th round in 1985. He would make appearances for the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots before signing with the BC Lions of the Canandian Football League in 1991. Doug was determined to prove he was an NFL-level quarterback and was a 6-time All-Star and Most Outstanding Player during his career in the CFL from 1991-1997. He led the Calgary Stampeders to a Grey Cup victory in 1992 before joining the Toronto Argonauts in 1996, racking up 2 more Grey Cup wins. In 1999, Doug helped pen Flutie, an autobiography discussing his life on and off the field and how his competitiveness and attitude gained him success despite his undersized frame.  In 2007, he was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame becoming the first non-native to accomplish the feat.

In 1998, Flutie returned to the NFL as the starting quarterback for the Buffalo Bills and was selected to play in the Prow Bowl after an outstanding first season back. Doug earned his NFL stripes with the Bills and finally began to receive the recognition he deserved as a highly gifted and determined individual. He could have easily been discouraged and put off by his low draft position and initial struggles in the NFL, but Doug honed his craft and never gave up on his dreams of becoming an elite NFL quarterback.

Upon retirement, Sports Speaker Doug established the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism in honor of his son, Doug Jr. The foundation helps families get the necessary care for their autistic family members in order to help them become more independent in the future. The Canadian Hall of Famer also created a memorable cereal, Flutie Flakes, to help raise addition money for the foundation.