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 ebony porn for autism since its inception in 1998.

The Red, White & Blue Award, which was given to Bruce Springsteen in 2004 and basketball great Oscar Robertson in 2005, is a program that honors ``local heroes." The award is sponsored by American Express and Delta Airlines.

``In all that he does in raising awareness and support for families with autism, Doug Flutie has been an incredibly positive influence both regionally and nationally," said Lisa Gregg, vice president for marketing at American Express Establishment Services.

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