Laurie and Doug Flutie


San Diego Chargers' star quarterback Doug Flutie and Laurie, his wife of 17 years, have accepted positions on the honorary board of The David Center. Co-founders of the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, Doug and Laurie have dedicated themselves to supporting families with autistic children, and are major contributors to the funding of research into its causes. 

 For the past fourteen years, Doug Flutie's name has been synonymous with excellence in both college and professional football. During this time, Doug has received many honors including: All American at Boston College, 1984 College Football Player of the Year, the 1984 Heisman Trophy Winner, 1991-1994/1996/1997 Grey Cup Most Valuable Player. He played in the Canadian Football League for 8 years, where he was a marquee attraction, being named the league's Most Outstanding Player an unprecedented six times. In 1998, he signed a four-year contract with the National Football League's Buffalo Bills. 


Doug and Laurie established the "Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism" in the name of their son, to help less fortunate families who have children with autism. The Foundation's mission is to aid financially disadvantaged families who need assistance in caring for their children with autism; to fund education and research into the causes and consequences of childhood autism; and to serve as a clearinghouse and communications center for new programs and services developed for individuals with autism.

      In a statement, the Fluties said, "Our mission is in alignment with that of The David Center, and by working together, we can help to make a difference in the lives of all children on the autism spectrum."