Son of Eagles, Jets player Hugh Douglas killed in car crash with college roommate

The son of former Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets Pro Bowl defensive end Hugh Douglas died alongside his college roommate in a car crash in Georgia Monday night.

Hugh Douglas, 20, and Christion Files Jr., also 20, were pronounced dead after their vehicle crashed head-on into a utility pole and flipped over in East Point, located southwest of Atlanta around 5 p.m., the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Police say the pair’s vehicle tried to pass another car at a high rate of speed when Files Jr. lost control and drove off the roadway, knocking down two utility poles.

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Hugh Douglas and his roommate Christion Files Jr. were involved in a fatal crash. X / @Bighugh53

The former NFL star, who shared his name with his late son, took to social media in a heart-wrenching tribute, posting multiple throwback photos of them on Twitter and Instagram.

“You were already a better man than me,” Douglas captioned one post on the platform X, formerly known as Twitter, of his beloved son.

Both Douglas and Files Jr. were set to graduate from Morehouse College in 2025.

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Hugh Douglas (right) and Christion Files Jr. (left) were both set to graduate from Morehouse College in 2025. Twitter / @Bighugh53

Douglas, described as an “exceptional student who displayed immense dedication,” majored in business administration and concentrated in finance — Files Jr. also majored in business administration with a concentration in marketing.

“Hugh and Christion were not just friends but also roommates during their sophomore year, and their loss is deeply felt by all of us in the Morehouse family,” Kevin Booker, vice president for student services and dean of Morehouse, said.

“…They leave a legacy of excellence, passion, and dedication that will continue to inspire us all.”

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The crash scene where the car flipped over and plowed into a utility pole is seen. WPVI-TV
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Officers are at the scene following the fatal crash that killed Hugh Douglas, 20, and Christion Files Jr., also 20. WPVI-TV

A wave of Morehouse College students mourned the deaths of their late classmates.

“Hugh Douglas was an exceptional student who displayed immense dedication and promise in pursuing a business administration degree with a concentration in finance,” the school wrote on its official Instagram. “He was a member of the @MorehouseBusiness Association, an @AltFinanceedu Fellow, and a @GoldmanSachs Fellow, demonstrating his commitment to excellence in his field…”

Files was a co-captain of the school’s track and field team, media chair for the junior class council, and a part of the Morehouse business association.

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Hugh Douglas posted a series of throwback photos with his son on social media. X / @Bighugh53
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Hugh Douglas’s son was in a vehicle that tried to pass another car when it lost control and crashed.

The elder Douglas serves as one of the hosts at the Philadelphia-based radio station 94WIP, where he hosts the station’s mid-day show.

“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,” the station posted on X, formally known as Twitter.

“Every time I spoke to Hugh about his kids, he spoke so glowingly about [his son] Hugh,” Joe Giglio, Douglas’ 94WIP co-host said on Tuesday’s show.

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Hugh Douglas shared a photo on social media of his son with former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donavan McNabb. X / @Bighugh53

“When I heard it, it hit me in so many ways. I’m sad for Hugh. As a parent, it’s the worst thing you can hear,” he continued.

Hugh Douglas, a three-time Pro Bowler, spent 10 years in the NFL where he played for the Jets, Eagles, and Jaguars.

He was drafted in the first round by the Jets and lasted two seasons from 1995 to 1997.

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Hugh Douglas, a three-time pro bowler, played for the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets.

Douglas was then traded to the Eagles for two draft picks ahead of the season in 1998.

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