BIG MAN, BIG HEART, BIG IDEA

Doug-BettersDoug Betters is a former NFL player and University of Montana Grizzly standout.  It was during his college years that he decided to make his home in Whitefish, Montana.  As an NFL player, he spent his entire 10 year career as a Miami Dolphin under Coach Don Shula.  He quickly became a key defensive end and became legend as a member of the Killer B defense.  His NFL achievements include two Super Bowl appearances, one Pro Bowl, and he was 1983 Defensive Player of the Year.  He was inducted into the Miami Dolphin Ring of Honor in 2008.  In his induction speech, Don Shula said “Nobody has a heart as big as Doug’s.”

In 1984, Doug had an idea.  Living in Whitefish during his off-season, he received many requests for help with various small fundraisers.  The majority were for children in need of assistance for travel expenses to reach big cities in order to obtain pediatric medical treatment.  This inspired Doug’s vision for one organization that could take the place of so many efforts.  This organization would reduce the burden for parents with a sick child by alleviating the stress of how to pay for travel to a treatment facility.  Through Doug and collaboration with the Big Mountain Resort (now Whitefish Mountain Resort), the Whitefish Winter Classic was born. 

Doug’s Football Career

  • 1983 – NFL Defensive Player of the Year
  • 1983 – NFL All-Pro Team
  • 1983 – Super Bowl
  • 1985 – Super Bowl
  • 1995 – University of Montana Asst. Coach, National Championships
  • 1996 – University of Montana Asst. Coach, Second in National Championships
  • 2003 – Inducted into the UM Grizzly Hall of Fame
  • 2008 - Inducted as 19th member of the Miami Dolphin Ring of Honor