- ST. AUGUSTINE — Former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy recipient Doug Flutie will speak on the importance of being a student athlete, as this year’s keynote speaker for Flagler College’s annual Crimson & Gold Athletics Banquet Friday, March 24. The banquet, which was originally scheduled in October but had to be rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew, will be held in Flagler’s elegant dining room in Ponce Hall. The event starts at 6 p.m. with a social and a silent auction and dinner following at 7 p.m.
Proceeds from the banquet benefit the Flagler College Athletics Scholarship Fund.
Flutie has achieved numerous honors during his college and professional football career, including: All American at Boston College, 1984 College Football Player of the Year, the 1984 Heisman Trophy Winner, 1991-1994/1996/1997 Grey Cup Most Valuable Player.
Known for the famous “Hail Mary” pass against University of Miami to win the Orange Bowl in college, he went on to play in the United States Football League and then the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots through the late 1980s. Flutie then played in the Canadian Football League for eight years, and was named the league’s “Most Outstanding Player” an unprecedented six times. He went on to sign with the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills in 1998 where he was selected to the NFL Pro Bowl, carried the Bills to the Playoffs and was honored as “Comeback Player of the Year.” At the age of 38, Flutie signed a contract with the San Diego Chargers to become their starting quarterback. After four seasons with the Chargers, he was offered the opportunity to finish his career with his hometown team, the New England Patriots.
Currently the retired quarterback serves as lead analyst for NBC Sports Group’s coverage of Notre Dame Football, a role he began at the end of the 2014 season. He also serves as an analyst for NBC Sports Group’s NFL shoulder programming, which includes Pro Football Talk on NBCSN.
Flutie graduated from Boston College with degrees in Communications and Computer Science and is married to his high-school sweetheart, Laurie Flutie, and the father of two children. He 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 the cereal Flutie Flakes, with the benefits going towards this organization. The Flutie Foundation has raised over $12 million for autism causes.