Douglas Richard Flutie was born on Oct. 23, 1962 in Manchester, Maryland ... Named all-league in football, basketball and baseball at Natick High School in Natick, Mass. ... His younger brother Darren retired in 2003 after an outstanding career in the CFL as the league's career leader in regular season and playoff receptions and ranked second in league history in receiving yards ... Doug and his wife, Laurie, have daughter, Alexa, and son, Doug ...The Fluties reside in Natick, Mass.
Doug Flutie was signed by the New England Patriots as a veteran free agent on April 29, 2005 ... Selected by the New Jersey Generals of the USFL in the 1985 territorial draft ... Signed with the Generals (02/04/85) ... Drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 11th round (285th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft (05/01/85) ... Traded from the Rams to the Chicago Bears (10/14/86) along with a fourth-round pick in the 1987 NFL Draft in exchange for third- and sixth-round selections in the 1987 NFL Draft ... Signed with Chicago (10/21/86) ... Traded from the Bears to the Patriots (10/13/86) in exchange for an eighth round selection in the 1988 NFL Draft (208th overall – DB David Tate) ... Released by the Patriots following the 1989 season ... Signed with the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League in June, 1990 ... Signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL as a free agent (03/23/92) ... Signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL as a free agent (03/15/96) ... Signed with the Buffalo Bills as a free agent (01/20/98) ... Signed to a contract extension by the Bills (03/15/99) ... Released by the Bills (03/01/01) ... Signed with the San Diego Chargers as a free agent (03/09/01) ... Signed a threeyear contract with the Chargers (03/03/04) ... Released by the Chargers (03/11/05) ... Signed with the Patriots in April, 2005. Retired from Pro Football (5/15/06).
Career NFL GP/GS: 92/66 (2/2)
Flutie spent 21 seasons in professional football, including stints in the NFL (1986-89, 1998-2005), the USFL (1985) and the CFL (1990-97).
Flutie played in 92 career NFL games, including 66 as a starter. He has compiled a starting record of 38-28 (.576), including a 23-9 (.719) mark in home games.
Flutie was a member of the San Diego Chargers from 2001- 04 and served primarily as the backup to Pro Bowler Drew Brees over the last three seasons. He started all 16 games for the first time in his NFL career in 2001 and over the last two seasons (2003-04) has seen action in 10 games with six starts.
Flutie was named to the Pro Bowl in 1998, following a season in which he won Comeback Player of the Year honors from the Associated Press and Pro Football Weekly. In just 10 starts that season, he threw an NFL career high 20 touchdown passes and led the Bills to the playoffs.
Flutie was the primary starter for the Buffalo Bills for two seasons (1998-99) and led Buffalo to the playoffs in both years.
In 1999, Flutie ran for a career-high 476 yards, leading all NFL signal callers in rushing and setting a Buffalo Bills record for single-season rushing yards by a quarterback.
Flutie is in his second tour of duty with New England, having previously been with his hometown team from 1987-89. Over that span, he played in 17 games with 13 starts, compiling an 8-5 (.615) record as a starter.
In 1988, Flutie started nine games for the Patriots, including a stretch where he led the team to six wins in an eight-game span. His efforts earned him the team's “Unsung Hero” award.
Flutie returned to the NFL in 1998 following an eightseason CFL career where he was named the league's most outstanding player a league-record six times. In Canada between 1990-97, he led his teams to three Grey Cup championships and was named Grey Cup MVP following all three victories.
On Nov. 9, 2003, Flutie became the first NFL player over 40 years old to rush for two touchdowns in a game, leading the Chargers to a win over Minnesota. He was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week and FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week for his efforts.
Flutie owns a career record of 12-2 in games he has started in Foxborough, including NFL and college games. He was 5-0 as a starter for the Patriots in Foxborough from 1988-89.
2005 (5/0, 0/0): Served as New England’s backup quarterback and played in five games … On the final play of his career, connected on a drop-kick extra point … Prior to Flutie’s kick, Ray McLean of the Chicago Bears was the last player to successfully convert a drop kick in the NFL. He converted an extra point following Ken Kavanaugh's 42-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown during the Bears' 37-9 win over the New York Giants in the 1941 NFL Championship Game. Indianapolis (11/7): Completed three of seven passes for 20 yards in the fourth quarter … Found Troy Brown along the sideline for a 13-yard reception on fourth-and-10 in the fourth quarter. Buffalo (12/11): Completed one of two passes for seven yards. Tampa Bay (12/17): Took the final two snaps at quarterback. N.Y. Jets (12/26): Saw limited action at quarterback in the fourth quarter … Completed his only pass attempt for two yards in the victory. Miami (1/1): Connected on the first successful drop kick in the NFL since 1941, when he nailed an extra point with 6:10 remaining in the fourth quarter.
2005 Postseason (0/0/2/0): Jacksonville (1/7): Did not play as the backup quarterback in the Patriots' 28-3 AFC Wild Card victory over the Jaguars. at Denver (1/14): Did not play as the backup quarterback.
2004 (2/1 – San Diego): Served as the backup to Pro Bowler Drew Brees and played in two games, earning the start in the season finale. N.Y. Jets (9/19): Played in the fourth quarter after Brees left the game with a concussion ... In one series, scored a touchdown on a six-yard run to cap an 18-play, 81-yard drive ... Scored with 30 seconds left in the game to bring San Diego to within 34-28, but the Jets recovered San Diego's onside kick and ran out the clock ... Com-pleted 7 of 16 passes for 77 yards. Kansas City (1/2): Started against the Chiefs and led the team to a 24-17 win ... Completed 13 of 22 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown, covering 10 yards to Ryan Krause ... Also scored a touchdown on one-yard run as he rushed three times for 25 yards.
2003 (7/5 – San Diego): Received the Chargers' Emil Karas Award as co-Most Inspirational Player after starting five of seven games ... Was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week and FedEx Air NFL Player of Week for his efforts against Minnesota (11/9) ... Ran for a career-high two touchdowns (11/9), becoming the first NFL player over 40 years old to run for multiple touchdowns in a game. Chicago (11/2): Saw his first action of the season when he replaced ineffective Drew Brees in fourth quarter ... Led an eight-play, 74-yard touchdown drive on his first series. Minnesota (11/9): Named AFC Offensive Player of Week, FedEx Air NFL Player of Week and SI.com columnist Peter King's Offensive Player of Week ... Started and passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more scores ... Completed 21 of 29 passes for 248 yards with no interceptions ... Set a career high with two rushing touchdowns on scores from three and 13 yards ... Threw a three-yard touchdown pass to David Boston and a four-yarder to Antonio Gates ... Recorded his first rushing touchdown since Oct. 28, 2001 against Buffalo and his first touchdown pass since Dec. 30, 2001 against Seattle ... At 41 years, 17 days became the oldest quarterback to start NFL game since Warren Moon at 44 years, eight days for Kansas City at San Diego on Nov. 26, 2000. Denver (11/16): Tossed a 19-yard touchdown strike to Kassim Osgood in the fourth quarter ... Rushed for a season-high 53 yards on eight carries. Cincinnati (11/23): Threw touchdown passes of 37 and 26 yards to David Boston. Kansas City (11/30): Tossed a 20-yard touchdown to David Boston and an 18-yarder to Antonio Gates. Detroit (12/7): Threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns covering 16 and 73 yards to LaDainian Tomlinson in 14-7 win. Pittsburgh (12/21): Replaced an ineffective Drew Brees in the fourth quarter.
2002 (1/0 – San Diego): Served as Drew Brees' backup for the season and played in one game. Buffalo (12/15): Saw his only action of season, relieving Drew Brees in the fourth quarter ... Completed a 47-yard pass.
2001 (16/16 – San Diego): Started a full NFL season for the first time in his career and set a career high with 3,464 yards passing, seventh-most in Chargers' team history ... Recorded the most yards by Chargers quarterback since Dan Fouts passed for 3,638 yards in 1985 ... Had four 300-yard passing games. Dallas (9/23): Threw for 348 yards and two touchdowns, including a season-long 78- yard pass to Tim Dwight ... His 348 yards was thirdhighest regular-season total in career. Denver (10/21): Matched his season high with two touchdown passes ... Had his streak of 152 consecutive passes thrown without interception snapped ... The streak began in the season opener against Washington on Sept. 9 and tied for third longest streak in team history. Buffalo (10/28): Scored the game-winning touchdown on 13-yard run against his former club ... Marked the sixth rushing touchdown of his NFL career and his first of the season. Denver (11/11): Completed a 72-yard touchdown pass to Curtis Conway ... Was his longest touchdown pass of season and longest since 84-yard touchdown pass to Eric Moulds at New England (11/29/98). Arizona (11/25): Threw for 308 yards on 33 of 44 passing with two touchdowns ... Completed 13 straight pass attempts against Cardinals, tied for third-longest completion streak in team history. Seattle (12/30): Totaled a career-high 377 yards in the season finale ... Also set new career highs with 34 completions and 53 attempts against Seahawks ... His 34 completions were the third-most in game by a Chargers quarterback.
2000 (11/5 – Buffalo): Played in 11 games with five starts and posted a record of 4-1 as starter ... Served as the backup to Rob Johnson for much of the season. San Diego (10/15): Replaced an injured Rob Johnson against and completed two of three passes for 30 yards to set up Steve Christie's game-winning field goal in overtime. New England (11/5): Earned the start and led the Bills to a 16-13 overtime victory to improve his career record to 12-1 at Foxboro Stadium. Chicago (11/12): His third quarter interception snapped a streak of 140 consecutive passes without interception, the third longest streak Bills history. Seattle (12/23): Started the season finale at Seattle and guided the Bills to season highs in points (42) and yards (579) ... The 579 yards of total offense was the second-most in club history ... Finished the day 20 of 25 (.800) for 366 yards and three touchdowns.
1999 (15/15 – Buffalo): Set the Bills' team record for rushing yards by quarterback and led all NFL quarterbacks with 476 rushing yards ... Led the team to the playoffs for the second consecutive season. Indianapolis (9/12): Posted his third career 300-yard game in the season opener. N.Y. Jets (9/19): Rushed for a career-high 67 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown run. Baltimore (10/31): Became the fifth quarterback in pro history to surpass the 50,000 yards barrier in a come-from-behind win against the Ravens. Washington (11/7): Earned AFC Player of the Week honors after completing 73 percent of his passes (16 of 22) for 211 yards and two touchdowns.
1998 (13/10, 1/1 – Buffalo): Earned his first career Pro Bowl selection and NFL Comeback Player of Year honors from Associated Press and Pro Football Weekly ... Took over the starting quarterback job five games into season and led Bills to 7-3 mark in 10 regular-season starts, including a 5-1 mark at home ...Posted the third and fourth highest single-game passing percentages in team history (.821) at Indianapolis Oct. 11 and (.818) at Carolina Oct. 25 ... Threw only 11 interceptions in 354 attempts (.0311), the lowest career mark in team history (min. 250 attempts) ... Earned team's Player of Week honors five times. San Diego (9/6): Made his first NFL appearance since Dec. 13, 1989 when he replaced an injured Rob Johnson (concussion) in the third quarter. Indianapolis (10/11): Took over after Johnson injured ribs on the third offensive play and rallied Buffalo from a 12-7 halftime deficit to score 24 unanswered points in second half while recording an 82.1 oercent completion rate, the third-highest in team history ... Named NFL's Miller Lite Player of Week. Carolina (10/25): Completed 81.8 percent of passes (18 of 22), including an 82-yard touchdown pass to Eric Moulds ... His completion percentage against the Panthers was the fourth-best in team history and made him the only Bills quarterback to post two 80 percent games in one season. Miami (11/1): Threw three touchdowns to rally Buffalo from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit and earn AFC Offensive Player of Week honors for second time in his career. N.Y. Jets (11/8): Suffered first loss at the Meadowlands after a 9-0 run in college, USFL, and NFL. New England (11/29): Set a then-career high with 339 passing yards ... Was his firstcareer 300-yard passing game ... An 84-yard touchdown pass to Moulds was the longest of his career and the fifth-longest touchdown pass in team history ... The loss to the Patriots snapped Flutie's 10-game win streak in Foxboro Stadium dating back to his days at Boston Col-lege. Cincinnati (12/6): Had his second career and second consecutive 300-yard passing day with a 319-yard effort. N.Y. Jets (12/19): Suffered his first home loss as an NFL starter (11-1). Miami (1/2): Completed 21 of 36 passes for 360 yards in a Wild Card playoff loss.
1997 (CFL – Toronto Argonauts): Led the CFL in passing and powered the Toronto Argonauts to the Grey Cup championship for the second straight season ... Repeated as the championship game's Most Valuable Player ... Earned CFL Most Outstanding Player honors for sixth time in eight seasons ... Completed 430 of 673 passes (.639) for 5,505 yards and a club record 47 touchdowns ... Completed 30 of 38 for 352 yards and three touchdowns in 47-23 Grey Cup championship game victory over Saskatchewan.
1996 (CFL – Toronto Argonauts): Signed with Toronto as a free agent ... Set club records with 434 completions, 677 attempts and 5,720 yards ... Also rushed for 756 yards on 101 carries, the best single-season ever by an Argos quarterback ... Topped 300 passing yards 11 times ... Ended the season as the league's Most Outstanding Player after helping Toronto win the Grey Cup ... Earned Most Valuable Player honors in the championship game.
1995 (CFL – Calgary Stampeders): Completed a career- best 67.2 percent of his passes while throwing just five interceptions in 332 attempts ... Missed seven games due to an elbow injury, marking his first injuryrelated absence in five seasons ... Led Stampeders to the Grey Cup title game, but they fell to Baltimore.
1994 (CFL – Calgary Stampeders): Named the league's Most Outstanding Player ... Set CFL single-season record with 48 touchdown passes for Calgary, surpassing his own mark by four ... Set league record for passing ef- ficiency with rating of 118.2 while leading the CFL in passing ... The Stampeders set a league record with 698 points ... Scored eight touchdowns (six passing, two rushing) against Winnipeg on Aug. 23.
1993 (CFL – Calgary Stampeders): Named the league's Most Outstanding Player ... Led the CFL in passing and topped the 6,000-yard mark for the second time in his career ... Threw for over 400 yards seven times, including a club-record 556 yards at Ottawa Aug. 6 ... Helped the Stampeders to their best ever regular-season record at 15-3 ... Scored 11 of the team's 15 rushing touchdowns.
1992 (CFL – Calgary Stampeders): Earned the CFL's Most Outstanding Player honors for Calgary while leading the Stampeders to the Grey Cup title ... Named MVP in Calgary's defeat of Winnipeg for Flutie's first Grey Cup win ... Attempted a team-record 63 passes at Saskatchewan on Aug. 7 ... Topped 15,000 passing yards in his 51st CFL game, making him the fastest ever to reach the mark.
1991 (CFL – B.C. Lions): Selected league's Most Outstanding Player ... Set 23 CFL and British Columbia Lions records ... Responsible for 52 touchdowns, including 14 on the ground and 38 passing ... His 6,619 passing yards and 466 completions set single-season CFL records.
1990 (CFL – B.C. Lions): Signed with the British Columbia Lions as free agent ... Ranked sixth in the CFL in passing and eighth in rushing.
1989 (5/3 – New England): Started three games and posted mark of 1-2.
1988 (11/9 – New England): Received the Patriots' “Unsung Hero” award ... Earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his Oct. 2 performance against Indianapolis ... Entered at the start of the fourth quarter of a 7-7 game and completed 12 of 16 passes for 132 yards, along with a 13-yard scoring run with 23 seconds left to claim a 21-17 victory ... Was the team's third leading rusher with 179 yards.
1987 (1/0 – Chicago; 1/1 – New England): Traded by Chicago to New England on Oct. 13 ... His only action came at Houston on Oct. 18 when he started and went 15 of 25 for 199 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown pass in a 21-7 win.
1986 (4/1, 1/1 – Chicago): Made his first NFL start in place of an injured Mike Tomczak at Dallas on Dec. 21 ... His first NFL completion was a 52-yard pass to Willie Gault followed by a 27-yard touchdown pass to Walter Payton versus Tampa Bay on Dec. 7 ... Started Chicago's playoff game against the Redskins on Jan. 3 ... Signed by the Bears on Oct. 21 after being traded by Los Angeles Rams Oct. 14.
1985 (USFL – New Jersey Generals): Selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the 11th round of the 1985 NFL Draft (285th overall) and spent the season on L.A.'s developmental squad ... Was a territorial draft pick of the USFL's New Jersey Generals ... Played in 15 games with the Generals, completing 134 of 281 passes (.477) for 2,109 yards, 13 touchdowns and 14 interceptions ... Rushed 65 times for 465 yards and six touchdowns ... New Jersey Generals were owned by Donald Trump.
Flutie won the 1984 Heisman Trophy as a senior at Boston College ... Left school as the NCAA's all-time passing yardage leader with 10,579 yards ... Named a consensus All-American as senior ... Earned Player of the Year honors from UPI, Kodak, Sporting News and Maxwell Club ... Produced one of the greatest plays in college football history at Miami on Nov. 23, 1984 when he threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Gerard Phelan as time expired to give Boston College 47-45 upset win over Canes ... Played at Boston College from 1981-84 ... Graduated with degrees in computer science and speech communications.
Off the field, Doug is devoted to the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, named after his son who is affected by the disorder. The foundation has hosted basketball and golf tournaments and a 5K road race to generate funds to raise awareness and support for autism. Additionally, money raised through the sale of Flutie Flakes cereal and candy bars goes to support the foundation.
Doug is an accomplished drummer and along with his brother Darren, a former NFL and CFL wide receiver, are in a rock band called “The Flutie Brothers.” Doug has also been a guest drummer for bands such as Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Lynrd Skynyrd, Boston, Barenaked Ladies and the Dave Matthews Band.