Doug Flutie will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 CHS Annual Meeting. His name has been synonymous with excellence in both college and professional football. Known for the famous “Hail Mary” pass against University of Miami to win the Orange Bowl in college, Flutie went on to play in the USFL and then with the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots through the late 80’s. He then played in the Canadian Football League for 8 years, where he was a marquee attraction, being named the league's Most Outstanding Player an unprecedented six times.
Flutie 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, he 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. Flutie played one season with the Patriots before he retired, but in true Flutie fashion, he went out with a bang. On New Year's Day 2006, Doug completed the NFL's first "drop kick" in 64 years for an extra point.
Currently Flutie 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. In 2016, Flutie competed on Season 22 of ABC’s hit reality show "Dancing with the Stars." He has also served as a college football analyst for ESPN and ABC.
Married to his high-school sweetheart, Laurie Flutie, and the father of two children, Flutie 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 a cereal, Flutie Flakes, with the benefits going towards this organization. The Flutie Foundation has raised over $12 million dollars for autism causes.