Dancing with the Stars cast member Doug Flutie could be a top contender for the Mirrorball trophy when Season 22 gets underway on March 21.
Flutie, who retired in 2006 after a long career as a quarterback, will compete against 11 other celebs, including NFL stars Von Miller (Broncos) and Antonio Brown (Steelers).
— Official DWTS (@DancingABC) March 13, 2016
But don’t let the fact that he’s retired fool you into thinking he doesn’t have a chance of making it to the final four this season.
The 53-year-old former NFL star is not only an amazing athlete on and off the football field, he’s no stranger to music — he’s a talented drummer — so there’s no doubt he will have rhythm on the ballroom dance floor.
Doug has a great partner, too — Karina Smirnoff who won Season 13 with J. R. Martinez.
A Heisman Trophy winner and graduate of Boston College, Flutie is well-known for his “Hail Mary Pass” during the 1984 BC Eagles v Miami Hurricanes Thanksgiving weekend game. Watch the video of this memorable moment in college football below.
Flutie, who most recently worked as a sports commentator for NBC, played pro football for two decades for not only the National Football League but the United States Football League and the Canadian Football League.
During his career with the NFL Doug played for the Chicago Bears (1986), the New England Patriots (1987-89), Buffalo Bills (1998-2000), San Diego Chargers (2001-04), and back to the New England Patriots in 2005.
Flutie lives in Natick, Massachusetts with his wife Laurie who he met in high school. The couple has a daughter, Alexa, who is a San Diego Chargers Cheerleader and a son, Doug Jr. who has autism. Doug and his wife established The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc. in honor of his son.
— Flutie Foundation (@flutiefdn) December 7, 2014
Sadly, Doug Flutie’s parents, Dick and Joan Flutie, died one hour apart on November 18, 2015. His father had been ill and died of a heart attack while hospitalized; one hour later his mother fell ill and also died from a heart attack.
— DOUG FLUTIE (@DougFlutie) November 18, 2015
“This morning my family experienced the tragic loss of my father, Dick and mother, Joan,” Doug wrote on his Facebook page. “My Dad had been ill and died of a heart attack in the hospital and my Mom, less than an hour later had a sudden heart attack and passed away. They say you can die of a broken heart and I believe it.”
Hopefully Doug will have a chance to dedicate one of his performances to his parents this season.
Watch the Dancing with the Stars Season 22 premiere on March 21 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.