Doug & Laurie Flutie met as high school sweethearts in Natick, MA and have two children - Alexa & Doug, Jr. They created The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism in 1998 after Doug, Jr., was diagnosed with autism at age 3. Realizing the difficulties that many families with children with autism encountered on a daily basis, the Fluties decided that they wanted to form a foundation to help those who were less fortunate.
Doug, a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Boston College, is best remembered for his "Hail Mary" pass against Miami in 1984. Upon graduating from BC, Doug played professional football for the next 20 years with stints in the USFL, the CFL and the NFL. Doug retired from professional football after the 2005-2006 season.
While Doug is currently working as a commentator for NBC, Laurie is the primary caregiver to Dougie, Jr. She also cares for her mother who lives at home with them in Florida. In addition, Laurie attends fundraisers and other community events to speak on behalf of the Foundation and advocate for those afflicted with autism.