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Doug Flutie joins season 22 of 'Dancing With the Stars'

Former Buffalo Bills quarterback and college football legend Doug Flutie will be among the celebrities performing on the next season of "Dancing With the Stars" on ABC.

Let the jokes about whether Rob Johnson would have been a better option begin.

The celebrity performers were announced this morning on "Good Morning America." Others include Marla Maples, ex-wife of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump; Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller; and celebrity journalist Geraldo Rivera. Flutie will be dancing with Karina Smirnoff.

Bills QB Doug Flutie breaks away from Miami DE Trace Armstrong as Bills guard Jerry Ostroski blocks in a November 1998 game vs. the Dolphins. (Buffalo News file photo)

Bills QB Doug Flutie breaks away from Miami DE Trace Armstrong as Bills guard Jerry Ostroski blocks in a November 1998 game vs. the Dolphins. (Buffalo News file photo)

Flutie is best remembered as the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback from Boston College, whose "Hail Mary" pass against Miami in 1984 remains one of the greatest plays in college football history. Flutie played for the Bills from 1998-2000 and his celebrity was such that his face was featured on a cereal that bore his name, Flutie Flakes. But his time here was marked by a quarterback controversy almost from the start as teammates, fans and the media argued over whether he or Johnson was the better choice. Johnson eventually won out and Flutie left town.

In retirement, he became a football analyst on TV. And now, he's a member of one of the most well-known reality competition franchises on television.

The most compelling part of the "DWTS" announcement today might have been the news that Kim Fields, best known as a cast member on the the long-ago sitcom "The Facts of Life," would also be performing.

That's right: Flutie will be competing with Tootie.

The new season begins with a live episode at 8 p.m. March 21. Here's a link to the full ABC announcement.

 

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