Doug Betters was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and moved under the Big Sky when he was recruited by the University of Montana Grizzlies in 1974.
He quickly discovered Whitefish during his college football years and resolved to make the quaint ski town his new home.
After college, Betters was snapped up by the Miami Dolphins upon entering the NFL draft. Don Shula, Former Head Coach of the Dolphins, stated "No one had more heart than Doug. He was a sixth round pick in 1978 and established himself as one of the NFL's all-time great pass rushers." Over his 10 year career as a defensive end, Betters became legend in his role as member of the Killer B defense. His achievements included two Superbowls appearances, one Pro Bowl appearance, and 1983 Defensive Player of the Year.
Betters fulfilled his dream in 1981 and made Whitefish his home during his off-seasons. In 1984, recognizing a need in his community, he founded the Whitefish Winter Classic and continues to organize the event over two decades later.
In February 1998, Betters was involved in a ski accident on Big Mountain that resulted in a spinal cord injury, leaving him quadrepeligic.
In addition to the Whitefish Winter Classic, Doug Betters has been involved with other charitable organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Special Olympics, Kalipsell Regional Medical Center Foundation, and the Glacier National Park Fund.
1974-76 - University of Montana Grizzlies Defensive Lineman
1976 - Larry Miller Award for Outstanding Defensive Lineman
1975-76 - All-Big Sky Conference Selection
1977 - University of Nevada, Reno, All-American Honors
1978 - Drafted in sixth round to Miami Dolphins
1978-88 - Member of the infamous Killer B's defense
1983-84 - Miami Dolphins top defensive lineman
1983 - NFL Defensive Player of the Year
1983 - NFL All-Pro Team
1983 - Super Bowl
1985 - Super Bowl
1991 - Inducted into the UNR Wolfpack Hall of Fame
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
Career Statistics: 146 career NFL games and 43 1/2 career sacks
March 6th - 9th 2014
Schedule of Events
Classic Kick-off Party
NFL Play 60 Challenge
Gala and Live Auction
"This event has been so much fun that I have made it a tradition for my family and me."
-Edwin Mulitalo, former NFL Player
One of North America's great small towns.