Doug Flutie Combines Football With Dance Skills on "Dancing With the Stars"

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Doug Flutie, who played for the Chicago Bears from 1986-1987, is competing on this season of Dancing With the Stars, and he's combining his football prowess with his dance skills to turn out his best performance.

Paired with pro dance partner Karina Smirnoff, she wrote in her blog about using football moves to help Doug Flutie remember his dance moves.

"What has really worked for us is using football terminology and movements to help Doug remember the dance. I've also worked with him on developing a story through the movements so that each one makes sense to him as we progress through the dance," she wrote.

Karina Smirnoff had no idea who Doug Flutie was when learning she was paired with him for the DWTS 22nd season.

Flutie first rose to fame when playing football at Boston College. That's why his opening number on Monday evening was Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline," which is a Boston Red Sox favorite.

The dance pro has one major complaint about Flutie.

"Doug loves slouching! So I'm constantly reminding him not to give in to the gravity of life and always look up," she wrote.

Did you catch Doug Flutie and Karina Smirnoff on the premiere week of Dancing With the Stars?

How long do you expect he'll last?

Does Doug Flutie stand a shot at winning that coveted mirror ball trophy?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.