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The daughter of Boston's favorite football son will be on the sidelines cheering on the hometown Pats this season.

Doug Flutie's daughter, Alexa, was recently selected to join the New England Patriots 2011 cheerleader team. The 23-year-old reigning Miss Massachusetts was one of 31 women to make the squad.

She'll join Tony La Russa's daughter as famous progeny on the NFL sidelines this year. Bianca La Russa, the daughter of the St. Louis Cardinals manager, will be an Oakland Raiders cheerleader in the upcoming (?) season.

If you want to maintain your youthful vigor for the day, I recommend skipping the next few sentences.

So, when reading this news my first thought was, "Doug Flutie has a 23-year-old daughter? He must have been real young when she was born." I then looked up Flutie's birth date to confirm my hunch.

Wrong.

Dude's going to be 50 next year! Five-zero. I know he was pretty old when he threw his last pass (or dropped his last kick, as it were) but that's old. He's so boyish! Chris Berman feels like it was just yesterday that he was throwing that pass at BC!

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Flutie played for the Patriots in the late-'80s before embarking on a Hall of Fame career in the CFL. He eventually returned to the NFL and finished his career in New England, backing up Tom Brady(notes) and famously drop-kicking an extra point in his final regular-season game. It was the first such play since 1941.

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