Former NFL player Hugh Douglas is going through an incredibly tough time as he mourns the tragic loss of his son, also named Hugh, following a devastating car accident that occurred on a fateful Monday afternoon.
Reports from Morehouse College state that Hugh and his close friend, Christion Files Jr., lost their lives in a car accident in Atlanta. The news has sent shockwaves through the community, especially at Morehouse College, where both young men had made a significant impact.
A statement from the college expressed the profound sadness felt by the entire Morehouse family, noting that Hugh and Christion were not just friends but also roommates during their sophomore year. Their loss has left a deep void in the hearts of those who knew them.
Details from police documents, as reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer, suggest that the tragic incident occurred as the two young men were driving at a high rate of speed. The vehicle veered off the road, colliding with two utility poles, and eventually flipped over. Tragically, both Hugh and Christion were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Hugh Douglas Sr., aged 52, is a retired NFL player who earned the honor of being selected for the Pro Bowl three times during his career. He played six seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and three with the New York Jets, following his draft in 1995. In his rookie year, he achieved the remarkable feat of winning the Rookie of the Year award.
I appreciate each and everyone of your well wishes.. And I apologise if I don’t get back to each and every one of you right now but I am a bit overwhelmed. But know that I appreciate all the love
— Hugh Douglas🤘🏿 (@Bighugh53) September 6, 2023
In response to the overwhelming outpouring of support, the former NFL player took to X (formerly Twitter) to express his gratitude and apologize for not being able to respond to everyone individually. He wrote, “I appreciate each and every one of your well wishes… And I apologize if I don’t get back to each and every one of you right now, but I am a bit overwhelmed. But know that I appreciate all the love.”
In the wake of Monday’s heartbreaking tragedy, Hugh Sr. has been sharing cherished photos of his son on the platform. These pictures include snapshots of Hugh Jr. in his football attire, touching selfies of the father and son, and family photos from Hugh Jr.’s childhood.
Morehouse College paid tribute to Hugh, describing him as “an exceptional student who displayed immense dedication and promise in pursuing a business administration degree.” He was also on track to complete a minor in finance and actively participated in various finance-related clubs and programs at the university.
In their concluding remarks, the college emphasized the importance of coming together as a community to remember and celebrate the lives of Hugh and Christion. Their legacies of excellence, passion, and dedication will continue to inspire all who knew them. The college extended its deepest condolences to the families and friends of the two young men and expressed that their thoughts and prayers are with them during this incredibly challenging time.
This tragic incident serves as a somber reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of cherishing our loved ones. The community rallies around Hugh Douglas Sr. and the families affected by this heartbreaking loss, offering support, love, and strength during this difficult period.