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Doug Flutie collection

Collection BC-2003-009: Doug Flutie collection


  • Creation: 1982 - 1998
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1983 - 1985

Scope and Contents

The Doug Flutie collection contains published materials, publicity materials, clippings, memorabilia, and ephemera focusing on Doug Flutie's football career at Boston College. Publications include football game programs, Boston College sports publications, and periodicals featuring Doug Flutie, as well as materials relating to the 1985 Cotton Bowl, the Heisman Trophy, and other honors including Doug Flutie Day and the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame dinner. There is also a copy of the book, Flutie! The Story of Boston College Quarterback, Winner of the 1984 Heisman Trophy, by Ian Thomsen.

Publicity items and press releases highlight Flutie's football statistcs. Magazine clippings originate from Time, The New Yorker, and Newsweek. The newspaper clippings come predominantly from The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald, ranging in date from 1982 to 1992, with particular emphasis on November 1984 through February 1985.

Memorabilia and ephemera include buttons and clothing commemorating the 1985 Cotton Bowl and Flutie's receipt of the Heisman Trophy; Doug Flutie posters and ticket stubs for the Holy Cross game and the Cotton Bowl; and tickets for the Heisman Trophy Award Dinner.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Biographical Note

Doug Flutie, born in 1962, attended Boston College from 1981-1985. While at BC, Flutie won the Heisman Trophy Award in 1984 and is well remembered for the "Hail Mary Pass," giving BC a victory over Miami on November 23, 1984. He graduated with degrees in Computer Science and Speech Communication.

Flutie began his professional football career with the United States Football League's New Jersey Generals in 1985. In 1986, Flutie signed with the Chicago Bears and was traded to the New England Patriots in 1987. Flutie inaugurated a successful career with the Canadian Football League in 1990 with the British Columbia Lions. Over the course of eight years, Flutie led his teams to three Grey Cup Victories and garnered the league's Most Outstanding Player of the Year award six times out of his eight seasons. Flutie returned to the NFL in 1998, signing with the Buffalo Bills, where he remained for three years. In 1999, Flutie set a career high for yards passed at 3,171. In 2001, Flutie signed a six year contract with the San Diego Chargers.

Doug Flutie married his high school sweetheart, Laurie, in 1985. They have two children. He is also a drummer with the band the "The Flutie Brothers," along with his brother Darren, also a former BC football player. Laurie and Doug established the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism in honor of their son. His autobiography, Flutie, was published in 2001.


4.75 Linear Feet (7 containers)

Language of Materials



The collection includes publications, periodical clippings, ephemera, and artifacts documenting the career of Heisman Trophy-winning collegiate and professional football player Doug Flutie, particularly his achievements during his years as a Boston College quarterback.


The Doug Flutie Collection is arranged into three series. I. Publications; II. Publicity and Periodical Clippings; III. Memorabilia and Ephemera.


Transferred from the Boston College Sports Information Office (2001, 2003)


Doug Flutie Collection
1982-1998 (bulk 1983-1985)
Sarah K. Nytroe, revised by AnneMarie Anderson
February 2010
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Revision Statements

  • 2023 September: Moved oversized materials from former box 7 into shared boxes.

Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States