Bolt Spotlight - Doug Flutie

On March 9, 2001, the San Diego Chargers took their first big step toward respectability by signing former Buffalo Bills quarterback Doug Flutie to a six year contract. Flutie, a six-time Canadian Football League Most Outstanding Player, enters his eighth NFL season as the Chargers uncontested starter.

Name: Doug Flutie
Position: Quarterback
College: Boston College
Height: 5-10
Weight: 180
DOB: 10/23/62
Experience: 8th NFL Season, 1st with Chargers
Acquired: UFA (Buffalo) - '01
Hometown: Natick, Mass.

2000: Passed for 1,700 yards, with eight touchdowns and three interceptions...completed 132 of 231 pass attempts...started five games and posted record of 4-1 as starter...training camp groin injury sidelined him for training camp and first three regular season games...replaced injured Rob Johnson against San Diego Oct. 15 and completed two of three passes for 30 yards to set up Steve Christie's game-winning field goal in overtime...started his first game of season at Minnesota Oct. 23 and completed 28 of 43 passes for 294 yards and two touchdowns...passed for 253 yards (18 of 35) and led game-winning field goal drive against New York Jets Oct. 29...made third start of season in New England Nov. 5 and helped lead Bills to 16-13 overtime victory to improve record to 12-1 overall at Foxboro Stadium...completed 16 of 26 passes for 171 yards, with one rushing touchdown and one interception in 20-3 win over Chicago Nov. 12...third quarter interception against Bears snapped string of 140 consecutive passes without interception, third longest streak in team history...again replaced injured Rob Johnson versus New England Dec. 17 in blizzard-like conditions...finished 15 of 25 passing for 193 yards and one touchdown against Patriots while also rushing for 50 yards on nine carries (5.6 avg)...started season finale at Seattle and guided Bills to season highs in points (42) and yards (579)...579 yards of total offense was second most in club history...finished 20 of 25 (.800) for career-high 366 yards and three touchdowns...third time in Bills career Flutie completed more than 80 percent of passes in single game.

1999: Set Bills' team record for rushing yards by quarterback and led all NFL quarterbacks with 476 rushing yards...passed for career-high 3,171 yards (264 of 478) with 19 touchdowns and 16 interceptions...posted third- career 300-yard game in season opener at Indianapolis...completed 22 of 42 for 300 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions...improved record as NFL starter to 17-9 and 12-1 at home with 17-3 victory versus New York Jets Sept. 19...rushed for career-high 67 yards against Jets, including 24-yard touchdown run (his fourth career rushing touchdown)...established career highs in both completions (24) and pass attempts (50) against Seahawks while throwing for 294 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions Oct. 24...became just fifth quarterback in pro history to surpass 50,000 yards barrier in come-from-behind win against Ravens Oct. 31...earned AFC Player of Week honors at Washington Nov. 7 after completing 73 percent of his passes (16 of 22) for 211 yards and two touchdowns...did not play vs. Indianapolis Jan. 2 or in Wild Card game at Tennessee Jan. 8.

1998: Earned Pro Bowl selection and NFL Comeback Player of Year honors from Associated Press and Pro Football Weekly...took over starting quarterback job five games into season and led Bills to 7-3 mark in his 10 regular-season starts, including 5-1 at home...posted third and fourth highest single-game passing percentages in team history (.821) at Indianapolis Oct. 11 and (.818) at Carolina Oct. 25...threw just 11 interceptions in 354 attempts (.0311) lowest career mark in team history (min. 250 attempts)...earned team's player of week honors five times...made his first NFL appearance since Dec. 13, 1989 (hiatus of eight years, nine months, and three days) when he replaced injured Rob Johnson (concussion) in third quarter of season opener at San Diego Sept. 6...took over after Johnson injured ribs on third offensive play of Game 5 at Indianapolis Oct. 11 and rallied team from 12-7 halftime deficit to score 24 unanswered points in second half...set 82.14 completion percentage, third-highest in team history...named NFL's Miller Lite Player of Week for effort versus Colts...on Oct. 18, 1998, made first NFL start since Oct. 15, 1989 when he started vs. Jacksonville and won game with one-yard scoring run on fourth down with 13 seconds left...completed 81.8 percent of passes (18 of 22), including 82-yard touchdown pass to Eric Moulds, in Sunday Night Game at Carolina Oct. 25...his 81.8 completion percentage was fourth best in team history and made him only Bills quarterback to post two 80 percent games in one season ...threw three touchdowns versus Miami Nov. 1 to rally team from 10-point fourth quarter deficit and earn AFC Offensive Player of Week honors for second time in his career (New England, 1998)...loss to Jets in Week 9 was first ever loss at Meadowlands after 9-0 run in college, USFL, and NFL...set then career-high with 339 passing yards against Patriots Nov. 29...was his first career 300-yard passing game...threw 84-yard touchdown pass to Moulds was longest of his career and fifth longest touchdown pass in team history...controversial loss to Patriots snapped Flutie's 10-game win streak in Foxboro Stadium dating back to his days at Boston College...had second career and second consecutive 300-yard passing day with 319 yard effort at Cincinnati Dec. 6...loss to New York Jets in Game 15 was his first home loss as NFL starter (11-1)...did not see action in regular season finale at New Orleans due to sore knee... returned to action and completed 21 of 36 passes for career-best 360 yards (one touchdown, one interception) in Wild Card loss at Miami.

1997: Led CFL in passing and Toronto Argonauts to Grey Cup championship for second straight season...also repeated as 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 club record 47 touchdowns...47 touchdowns were just one shy of his CFL single-season mark of 48 set in 1994 with Calgary...in Grey Cup game versus Saskatchewan, was 30-38 for 352 yards with three touchdowns and also rushed five times for 35 yards and score in leading Argos to 47-23 victory.

1996: Signed with Toronto as free agent on March 15...set club records with 434 completions, 677 attempts and 5,720 yards...also rushed for 756 yards on 101 carries, best single-season ever by Argos quarterback...completed 18 passes or more in every regular- season game and topped 300 passing yards 11 times...ended season as league's Most Outstanding Player after helping Toronto win Grey Cup... earned Most Valuable Player honors in championship game.

1995: Completed career-best 67.2 percent of his passes while throwing just five interceptions in 332 attempts...missed seven games due to elbow injury marking his first injury-related absence in five seasons...led Stampeders to Grey Cup title game where they fell to Baltimore.

1994: Named league's Most Outstanding Player for fourth consecutive season...established CFL single-season record with 48 touchdown passes for Calgary, surpassing his own mark by four...also set league record for passing efficiency with rating of 118.2 while again leading CFL in passing...helped Stampeders set league record with 698 points ...scored eight touchdowns (six passing, two rushing) versus Winnipeg Aug. 23.

1993: Led CFL in passing and topped 6,000-yard mark for second time in his career...threw for over 400 yards seven times, including club-record 556 yards at Ottawa Aug. 6...helped Stampeders to their best regular-season record ever (15-3) ...accounted for 11 of team's 15 rushing touchdowns...was named league's Most Outstanding Player record third straight year.

1992: Signed as free agent with Calgary on March 23...again earned Most Outstanding Player honors and also led Stampeders to Grey Cup title...was named MVP of game after Calgary defeated Winnipeg for Flutie's first Grey Cup win...attempted team record 63 passes at Saskatchewan Aug. 7...topped 15,000 passing yards in his 51st CFL game, making him fastest person ever to reach that mark.

1991: Selected league's Most Outstanding Player for first time after establishing total of 23 CFL and British Columbia Lions records...was responsible for total of 52 touchdowns, including 14 on ground and 38 passing...his 6,619 passing yards and 466 completions still stand as single-season CFL records.

1990: Signed with CFL's British Columbia Lions as free agent in June and played in 16 games...finished season ranked sixth in CFL in passing and eighth in rushing.

1989: Saw action in five games for New England and made three starts...completed 36 of 91 pass attempts for 493 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions ...recorded 15 carries for 78 yards...started three games, posting mark of 1-2.

1988: Played in 11 games with Patriots and earned nine starts...had record of 6-3 in those starts...earned AFC Player of Week honors for Oct. 2 performance versus Indianapolis...entered at start of fourth quarter of 7-7 game and went 12 of 16 passing for 132 yards and capped nine-play, 80-yard drive with 13-yard scoring run with 23 seconds left to claim 21-17 victory...finished season with 92 completions on 179 attempts for 1,150 yards, eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions...also ranked as team's third leading rusher with 179 yards on 38 carries...recipient of team's "Unsung Hero" award.

1987: Began season with Chicago but was traded to New England on Oct. 13 in exchange for eighth-round pick in 1988 NFL draft...only action came in strike game at Houston Oct. 18 when he started and went 15 of 25 for 199 yards, including 27-yard touchdown pass in 21-7 win.

1986: Signed by Bears on Oct. 21...first NFL completion was 52-yard pass to Willie Gault followed by 27-yard touchdown pass to Walter Payton versus Tampa Bay Dec. 7...made first NFL start in place of injured Mike Tomczak in season finale at Dallas Dec. 21 and completed eight of 14 passes for 152 yards with two touchdowns and one interception...started playoff game vs. Washington Jan. 3, 1987 and completed 11 of 31 pass attempts for 134 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in 27-13 loss...originally selected by Los Angeles Rams in 11th round of 1985 NFL Draft (285th overall) and was on team's developmental squad from June 10 through remainder of 1985 season...Rams traded his rights to Chicago on Oct. 14 along with fourth-round pick in exchange for Bears third and sixth round picks in 1987.

1985: Was territorial draft pick of USFL's New Jersey Generals and signed with team on Feb. 4...played in 15 games with Generals and completed 134 of 281 passes (.477) for 2,109 yards, 13 touchdowns and 14 interceptions...also rushed 65 times for 465 yards (7.2 avg.) and six touchdowns.

College: Capped outstanding collegiate career at Boston College by winning 1984 Heisman Trophy...left school as NCAA's all-time passing yardage leader with 10,579 yards (since surpassed)...was consensus All-America as senior and earned Player of Year honors from UPI, Kodak, Sporting News and Maxwell Club...as senior, completed 233 of 386 passes for 3,454 yards, 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions...most memorable moment of Boston College career came at Miami Nov. 23, 1984 when he threw 48-yard touchdown pass to Gerard Phelan as time expired to give Boston College 47-45 upset...earned degrees in computer science and speech communications.

Personal: Born Douglas Richard Flutie Oct. 23, 1962 in Manchester, Maryland... was all-league in football, basketball, and baseball at Natick High School in Natick, Massachusetts...younger brother Darren, plays with Hamilton Tiger Cats of CFL ...grew up as fan of Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins...wore #22 for Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer and Dolphins running back Mercury Morris... Doug and his wife, Laurie, have two children, daughter Alexa (March 21, 1988), and son Doug (Nov. 21, 1991)...in April of 1998, couple announced creation of Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, which focuses on raising awareness and support for those affected by disorder with which their son has been diagnosed...launched "Flutie Flakes" cereal in 1998 to raise funds for foundation...cereal's enormous success led to spin-off of "Flutie Flakes" candy bar...Fluties have homes in La Jolla, California and Boston, Massachusetts.


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