Atlanta, GA – A heartbreaking tragedy struck the football community as the son of former NFL player and HBCU legend, Hugh Douglas, lost his life in a devastating car accident. Morehouse College, where he was a bright student, shared the heartbreaking news of his passing on social media.
Hugh Douglas Jr., the son of former Eagles defender Hugh Douglas, was one of two Morehouse College students who tragically lost their lives in a car accident in Atlanta, Georgia, on Monday night. The incident occurred in East Point, a suburb of Atlanta, shortly after 5 o’clock in the evening.
According to a preliminary report from the Georgia State Patrol, the accident transpired when Christion Files Jr. and Hugh Douglas were attempting to overtake another vehicle at a high rate of speed. Tragically, their car veered off the road, colliding with two power lines before overturning. Both young men were pronounced dead at the accident site itself.
We want to express our deepest condolences to 94WIP’s @Bighugh53 and his entire family, as his son Hugh Douglas tragically passed away yesterday. Our hearts are heavy for Hugh and his family.
— SPORTSRADIO 94WIP (@SportsRadioWIP) September 5, 2023
Morehouse College confirmed on Tuesday morning that the two victims, Christion Files Jr. and Hugh Douglas Jr., were not only roommates but also close friends. Hugh Douglas Jr. was a promising student at Morehouse College, set to graduate in 2025. He was pursuing a degree in business administration with a concentration in finance and was an active member of the Morehouse Business Association. Additionally, he had recently completed an internship at Ares Management Corporation in Los Angeles.
— Hugh Douglas🤘🏿 (@Bighugh53) September 4, 2023
Hugh Douglas Sr., who was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame last year, played for the Philadelphia Eagles for six of his ten NFL seasons. Following his career, he transitioned into the media industry, including a stint at ESPN, before moving to Atlanta radio, where he became a sports talk host on 92.9 The Game and eventually co-hosted the station’s morning show.
Christion Files Jr., also a student at Morehouse College, was pursuing a degree in business administration with a marketing concentration. He, too, had a vibrant presence on campus, serving as the media chair for the Junior Class Council, co-captain of the Morehouse Track & Field team, and a dedicated member of the Morehouse Business Association.
In the wake of this tragic loss, Morehouse College invited its students to come together to grieve the passing of these two brilliant individuals. The college also announced the availability of counseling services to support all those affected by this heart-wrenching tragedy.