Former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie throws out a ceremonial first pitch before a spring exhibition baseball game between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, Friday, March 7, 2014, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie throws out a ceremonial first pitch before a spring exhibition baseball game between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals.
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Former Boston College and NFL quarterback Doug Flutie woke up Saturday morning with an impulse to run Monday’s Boston Marathon. Later that morning, he tweeted a picture showing he’d make good on that promise:

A team running the marathon for the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism has raised $176,463 for the cause, according to fundraising totals on the foundation’s website. The elder Flutie has apparently not slowed down in his athletic endeavors despite his retirement from football. I played in a charity basketball game with Flutie two years ago and the 51-year-old Flutie looked like he could still scramble for a first down.

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You can track Flutie, and any other individual marathon runner, on the BAA website.