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Football legend Doug Flutie shares heartbreaking post about parents’ death

'They say you can die of a broken heart and I believe it.'


Josh Katzowitz


Posted on Nov 18, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 3:21 pm CDT

Doug Flutie, the 1984 Heisman Trophy winner who parlayed his college success into a long, successful pro career, made a heartbreaking Facebook announcement on Wednesday, posting the news that his parents unexpectedly died within an hour of each other.

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Flutie threw one of the most famous touchdown passes in college football history—as a Boston College quarterback, his successful Hail Mary beat Miami in 1984. Sandwiched between spending 12 years in the NFL, Flutie became a superstar in the Canadian Football League, being named the league’s most outstanding football player in six of his eight years in the CFL.

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*First Published: Nov 18, 2015, 8:03 pm CST