Former NFL Star Doug Flutie Pens Heartfelt Essay On His Parents’ Deaths That Happened An Hour Apart

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This is so touching.

Last month, former NFL star Doug Flutie lost both of his parents — Dick and Joan — within an hour of each other to heart attacks.

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Now, the former football great has penned a very touching and bittersweet essay in The Players’ Tribune about the sacrifices his parents made during their lives for the 53-year-old.

Regarding how his parents changed their lives for Doug and his siblings, the former quarterback wrote:

“As a kid, you take for granted the sacrifices your parents make to be so involved. Looking back, it wasn’t until college that I realized that what they did was not typical. The battles they fought for our opportunities. How they arranged their lives around our interests.”

He also spoke about how close the two were, as evidenced by neither one being able to continue their lives without the other:

“Dad could never have gone on without my mom, if she had passed before him. He adored her. Even at 70 years old, he thought she was sexier than any woman alive. The way things happened, it was pretty obvious that she couldn’t have gone on without him, either.”

He concluded in the most touching way, too:

“It didn’t matter how old we were. Our parents never stopped fighting for us or protecting us. And we will never stop missing them.”


Here’s to Doug getting years of memories with his family, at least.

[Image via Doug Flutie/Facebook/L. Gallo/WENN.]

Dec 18, 2015 2:40pm PST

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