The Flutie family of Natick, Massachusetts has done pretty well in sports on both sides of the US-Canadian border.
Doug Flutie won the Heisman Trophy while playing quarterback for Boston College in 1984 and then alternated among USFL, NFL and CFL teams for the next 20 years. An NFL Pro Bowl appearance and winning the Most Outstanding CFL Player Award six times in the 1990s are on his resume.
Younger brother Darren also played at Boston College and then started his professional career with the Chargers in 1988. The CFL later recruited him to join his brother north of the border. Darren played 12 seasons (1991-2002) in Canada and was a three-time CFL All Star receiver.
Both Flutie’s were named to the list of the Top 50 Players in the CFL’s modern era.
Fast forward to 2018 and Darren has a demanding position as Senior Territory Manager for the Innova Surgical Group medical device company in Massachusetts but the lure of football has remained. His business hours are such that he has been able to be on the sidelines as a high school assistant coach these last few years and now he is preparing for his first season as offensive coordinator for the Rivers School in Weston, Mass. (See link here.)
“I heard Rivers was really struggling with its program with not enough kids coming out for the team,” says the 51-year old Flutie. “I like new challenges. I still love coaching so I can come home from work and then go to practice. I am looking forward to this season and watching the kids gain more confidence through football.”
Darren Flutie has been a credit to our great sport from his high school days and still finds time amid a busy work schedule to coach youngsters who want to follow in his footsteps. We at NFL Alumni wish Darren (and his brother) continued success.