Doug Flutie grew up in Natick, where he became the quarterback for the high school in his sophomore year. Recruited by Boston College, he became the first player in BC history to surpass 10,000 yards in total offense. On November 23, 1984, the University of Miami pulled ahead of Boston College in the last minute of the Orange Bowl. In the legendary final play of the game, Flutie threw a Hail Mary pass 48 yards into the end zone, where Gerard Phelan received it, giving Boston College a 47-45 victory, and earning Flutie the 1984 Heisman Trophy. The touchdown pass remains one of the most legendary plays of all time.
Doug Flutie began his pro career with the New Jersey Generals, signed with the Chicago Bears in 1986, and joined the New England Patriots as starting quarterback from 1987–1989. He played for the Calgary Stampeders and the Toronto Argonauts, earning the Canadian Football League’s Most Outstanding Player award six times. He returned to the NFL in 1998, playing for the Buffalo Bills and San Diego Chargers, before returning to the Patriots in 2005 as a back-up quarterback. He retired in 2006 and became a sports broadcaster. Flutie passed for over 57,000 yards in his professional career, making him one of the most legendary quarterbacks of all time.