Despite the many location changes Flutie went through in football, he had his wife Laurie by his side to make things easier.
Doug Flutie’s Wife
Douglas Richard Flutie was born in Manchester, Maryland, and grew up in Florida alongside siblings Darren and Denise Flutie. Doug attended Natick High School in Massachusetts, where he met the love of his life and high school sweethear Laurie Fortier.
The pair began dating in 1979 and were married in 1985, one year before Flutie debuted in the NFL.
Laurie and Doug have two children together: daughter Alexa Flutie, who was born in 1988 and an NFL cheerleader, and son Doug Flutie Jr., who was diagnosed with autism at a young age and prompted the family to create the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism.
Doug Flutie Football Career
Doug Flutie was a superstar college football player at Boston College,
In addition to his Heisman Trophy, Flutie won the Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.
Despite his remarkable collegiate career, when Flutie pursued professional football and declared for the 1985 NFL Draft,. However, he didn’t hear his name called until the 11th round when he was selected by the Los Angeles Rams.
Flutie never ended up playing for the Rams, however. He played in the now-defunct USFL for the New Jersey Generals before making his first career start for the Chicago Bears in 1986.
He spent more than one season in Chicago before he was traded to the New England Patriots.
Following his brief stint with the Pats, Flutie joined the CFL to play for the BC Lions, Calgary Stampede and Toronto Argonauts.
Despite an eight-year absence, Flutie returned to the NFL in 1998 and he made his only Pro Bowl with Buffalo Bills.
Flutie joined the San Diego Chargers in 2001 and later returned to New England before retiring from the National Football League in 2005.
Life After Football
After his football career, Doug Flutie transitioned to sportscasting, working as a college football analyst for ESPN and ABC. He’s also spent time working for NBC Sports.
Additionally, Flutie has appeared on the popular television series Dancing With the Stars in its 22nd season, dancing alongside Karina Smirnoff.
Tragedy struck in 2015 when both of Flutie’s parents, Joan Flutie and Richard Flutie, died from heart attacks on the same day, just one hour apart.