Fairhaven's Jersey Mike's welcomed the most important athlete in the history of Boston College on Wednesday.  Heisman Trophy winner, Doug Flutie, is immortalized by a statue of his 1984 "Flutie Pass" outside of BC's Alumni Stadium.

Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images
Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images

My dad and I watched that nationally televised game live on Saturday, November 23, 1984.  To this day, I get goosebumps watching Flutie heave up that 64 yard bomb to his roommate, Gerard Phelan.  Boston College trailed the Miami Hurricanes 45-41 with 28 seconds left in the game, but was somehow able to pull off the Miracle in Miami.  At a time when New Englanders thought the Orange Bowl was cursed, #22 went down and took our breath away.

"Caught by Boston College!  I don't believe it!  It's a touchdown!  The Eagles win it!"  --Brent Musberger, CBS Sports

Flutie went on to play for the Bills, Bears Chargers and Patriots, ending his career with a drop kick for Bill Belichick.  After football, Flutie became ESPN's lead college football analyst and competed on Dancing with the Stars.

If you ask Flutie what he's most proud of, however, it will be the work being done by the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism.  It is named after his son, Dougie, who was diagnosed with a rare form of autism at the age of 3.  Flutie founded the charity to help people affected by autism live life to the fullest.

As part of the Jersey Mike's Subs day of giving, all New England locations are donating 100% of their Wednesday sales to the Flutie Foundation.  "We're making the rounds to as many Jersey Mike's as we can today," said Flutie.  "This is a really, really big day for us.  The good will and message that happens on a day like this, that goes a long, long way."

Flutie spent roughly an hour at the Fairhaven Jersey Mike's talking to customers and staff.



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