Hugh Douglas, son of Eagles Hall of Famer, dies in car crash near Atlanta

03:03 06.09.2023

Tragic Loss as Former NFL Star's Son Dies in Car Crash

In a heart-wrenching turn of events, the son of former Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets Pro Bowl defensive end Hugh Douglas has passed away in a devastating car crash. Hugh Douglas Jr., 20, along with his college roommate, Christion Files Jr., also 20, lost their lives after their vehicle crashed into a utility pole and flipped over in East Point, Georgia.

According to reports, the incident occurred around 5 p.m. on Monday, when Douglas and Files were attempting to pass another car at a high rate of speed. Unfortunately, Files lost control of the vehicle, causing it to veer off the road and collide with two utility poles. The impact was so severe that both occupants were pronounced dead at the scene.

As news of the tragedy spread, the former NFL star took to social media to express his grief and pay tribute to his beloved son. Douglas shared multiple throwback photos of himself and his son on Twitter and Instagram, accompanied by heartbreaking captions. In one post on Twitter, he wrote, "You were already a better man than me."

Both Douglas and Files were students at Morehouse College and had promising futures ahead of them. Douglas, described as an "exceptional student who displayed immense dedication," was majoring in business administration with a concentration in finance. Similarly, Files was also majoring in business administration, focusing on marketing.

The loss of these two young men has deeply impacted the Morehouse College community. Hugh and Christion were not only friends but also roommates during their sophomore year. Kevin Booker, vice president for student services and dean of Morehouse, expressed the collective grief, stating, "They leave a legacy of excellence, passion, and dedication that will continue to inspire us all."

The students of Morehouse College mourned the deaths of their late classmates, highlighting their accomplishments and involvement within the college community. Hugh Douglas Jr. was a member of the Morehouse Business Association, an AltFinanceedu Fellow, and a Goldman Sachs Fellow. Christion Files Jr. was a co-captain of the track and field team and served as the media chair for the junior class council.

The devastating news also reached the radio station where Douglas Sr. works as one of the hosts. 94WIP, a Philadelphia-based radio station, expressed their deepest condolences to Hugh Douglas and his entire family, acknowledging the tragic loss of his son. Fellow radio host Joe Giglio, who had spoken to Douglas about his kids in the past, shared his sadness on the show, empathizing with the pain of losing a child.

Hugh Douglas Sr. had an illustrious career in the NFL, playing for the Jets, Eagles, and Jaguars over a span of ten years. He was drafted by the Jets in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft and later joined the Eagles in 1998. After a brief stint with the Jaguars in 2003, he returned to Philadelphia for his final season in 2004. Douglas has since transitioned into a sports talk radio personality and currently hosts a show on 94WIP.

The tragic loss of Hugh Douglas Jr. serves as a reminder of the fragility of life and the profound impact it has on those left behind. The Morehouse College community, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the entire sports world mourn the loss of these two promising young men, who will be remembered for their dedication and excellence both on and off the field.

/ Wednesday, September 6, 2023, 3:03 AM /

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