Jacksonville Sports Day

Heisman Trophy Winner Flutie to Speak at Flagler’s Crimson & Gold Banquet

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ST. AUGUSTINE – The 1984 Heisman Trophy winner and former professional football star, Doug Flutie, will speak at the Flagler College Crimson & Gold Banquet Oct. 6 in the Hotel Ponce de Leon’s elegant dining hall. The event starts at 6 p.m. with a social and a silent auction. The dinner follows at 7 p.m.

Proceeds from the banquet benefit the Flagler College Athletics Scholarship Fund.

Flutie was a four-year standout quarterback for Boston College. Not only did he win the Heisman Trophy, Flutie took home the Maxwell Award and the Davey O’Brien Award in 1984. He left BC as the NCAA’s all-time leading passer with 10,579 yards and was a consensus All-American. Flutie gained national attention when he completed a “Hail Mary” pass as time expired to lead the Eagles to a 47-45 win at the University of Miami.

Overlooked by many of the teams in the National Football League, Flutie was selected by the New Jersey Generals of the fledgling United States Football League. He spent one season in New Jersey before the Chicago Bears picked him up in 1986 in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams, who had originally drafted him the previous year in the 11th round. He played in four games for the Bears and was dealt to the New England Patriots in 1987. Flutie played three years for New England before embarking on a highly successful career in the Canadian Football League.

He played a total of eight seasons in the CFL and is regarded as one of the best quarterbacks ever to play in the league. Flutie spent two seasons with the British Columbia Lions, four years with the Calgary Stampeders, and two more with the Toronto Argonauts. In total, he passed for 41,355 yards with 270 touchdowns and he rushed for another 4,660 yards and 66 touchdowns. He led three teams to a Grey Cup title and was that game’s most valuable player three times. He was selected as the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player six times.

Flutie returned to the NFL in 1998 with the Buffalo Bills and was selected as the league’s Comeback Player of the Year and was named to the Pro Bowl. After three seasons with the Bills, he moved on to San Diego for three seasons and his career culminated with the New England Patriots, his second stint with the team, in 2005. He threw for 14,715 yards and 86 touchdowns in his NFL career.

There are limited tickets for the event and the prices are as follows: VIP reception sponsor table of eight is $5,000; bar sponsor table of eight is $5,000; VIP corporate table of eight is $2,500; corporate table of eight is $1,500; VIP individual ticket is $250; individual ticket is $150; Flagler College employees and registered golfers sponsor are $100 for a ticket.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Director of College Relations Laura Stevenson Dumas at 904-819-6205 or collegerelations@flagler.edu.

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