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Monday, October 2, 2006

Flutie honored

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NATICK

Natick's own Doug Flutie is being honored by the city of Boston, which has designated Nov. 13 as Doug Flutie Day to honor the football icon's contribution to the community and bestow on him the 2006 Red, White & Blue Award.

The award, to be announced today, will be presented to Flutie at a Nov. 13 concert to benefit the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, writes Hailey Heinz in the Globe's City & Region section. The Symphony Hall concert will feature Keith Lockhart and the rock band Boston.

Flutie played professional football for 21 seasons, including two stints with the Patriots. The quarterback won the Heisman Trophy at Boston College in 1984.

Off the field, he and his wife, Laurie, established the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, in honor of their son, Doug Jr., who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. The foundation has raised more than $8 million for autism since its inception in 1998.

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