Rumor: Ex-QB Doug Flutie to pitch for the Diamondbacks

The former NFL quarterback could be on a Major League Baseball roster in time for spring training.

UNCONFIRMED: Doug Flutie will compete for a pitching job on a reality TV show.

The former Patriots, Bills, Bears and Chargers quarterback is set to appear on "The Next Knuckler," a competition show on the MLB Network.

A trailer for the program shows Flutie in a baseball uniform, along with fellow ex-quarterbacks David Greene, Josh Booty, J.D. Booty and Ryan Perrilloux.

"They took home titles," the promo for the show says. "But can these quarterbacks master the knuckleball?"

Their mentor will be Tim Wakefield, a former Boston Red Sox pitcher, who will try to groom one of the ex-athletes into a knuckleballer worthy of an invitation to the Arizona Diamondbacks' spring training camp. Each week, one of the participants will be eliminated after learning from Wakefield and then testing their skills in various throwing challenges.

The show is set to begin Feb. 13 at 9 p.m. EST.


Flutie is the oldest contestant at 50, but arguably boasts the most impressive resume.

He won the Heisman Trophy in college after his famous Hail Mary pass to lead Boston College to victory over Miami.

He then played for the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots after college, before leaving the NFL to play in the Canadian Football League. Flutie eventually returned to the NFL and was selected to the Pro Bowl his first year back.

He was elected to the Hall of Fame for both college and Canadian football.


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