Douglas in 2008
|No. 53, 99|
|Date of birth:August 23, 1971|
|Place of birth: Mansfield, Ohio|
|College: Central State|
|NFL Draft: 1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* New York Jets ( 1995– 1997)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* 3× Pro Bowl (2000–2002)|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Hugh Lamont Douglas (born August 23, 1971) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League and former football analyst for the ESPN television network. His playing career included stints with the New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles (twice), and the Jacksonville Jaguars. In his first season in 1995, Douglas was named Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press. He goes by the nickname Turbobird.
Douglas was born in Mansfield, Ohio and attended Mansfield Senior High School.
At Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, Douglas majored in elementary education and was a two-time NAIA Division I All-American, made 42 sacks in 32 games in a three-year career, turned in 13 multiple-sack games, and helped lead his team to an NAIA national championship as a sophomore. As a senior, Douglas was named Defensive Player of the Year by The Pigskin Club of Washington, D.C. He is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.
Douglas was a first-round draft choice of the Jets in the 1995 NFL Draft and was traded to the Eagles prior to the 1998 season for two draft choices. Douglas spent the 2003 campaign with the Jaguars before re-signing with Philadelphia in 2004. Douglas is ranked fourth behind Reggie White (124), Trent Cole (85.5), and Clyde Simmons (76.5), on the Eagles' all-time sack list with 54.5 during his six seasons.
Douglas was cut by the Eagles prior to the 2005 season, but was hired into the front office position of "Good-Will Ambassador" shortly after.
On November 5, 2005, Douglas was reportedly involved in an altercation with former Eagles teammate Terrell Owens, who was in the midst of a very public war of words with the team. Owens was suspended by the team and was later deactivated when he refused to fully apologize for the altercation, as well as for derogatory remarks made about Eagles' quarterback Donovan McNabb.
In January 2011, Douglas was made co-host of a Six Nations Championship rugby show on BBC America after a successful guest appearance. In his taped segments, Douglas took a stab at the sport, interviewed zookeepers and took an Irish stepdancing lesson.
On August 1, 2011 ESPN announced that Douglas will join the network as a NFL studio analyst. He will provide analysis across a myriad of studio programs such as SportsCenter, NFL Live, ESPN2’s First Take and ESPNEWS.
Douglas currently works for 92.9 The Game sports talk radio station in Atlanta, GA.
- "Hugh Douglas". Philadelphia Eagles. Archived from the original on March 22, 2006. https://web.archive.org/web/20060322233936/http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/team/teamrosterdetails.jsp?id=14726.
- Ambassador Hugh Douglas. SportsFan Magazine (September 26, 2005).
- ESPN – Owens-Douglas fistfight contributed to suspension – NFL. Sports.espn.go.com (November 7, 2005). Retrieved on 2012-12-15.
- Hugh Douglas on Sports Radio 610 WIP. Philadelphia's Sports Radio
- Irish Stepdancing with Hugh Douglas on Vimeo. Vimeo.com (March 19, 2011). Retrieved on 2012-12-15.
- Videos Archived February 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. BBC America. Retrieved on December 15, 2012.
- Nwulu Mac (August 1, 2011). Hugh Douglas Joins ESPN as NFL Studio Analyst. espnmediazone.com
- "ESPN Fires Hugh Douglas Following Racial Altercation". Yahoo!. August 13, 2013. https://tv.yahoo.com/news/espn-fires-hugh-douglas-following-racial-altercation-211455087.html. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
- Rodney Ho (December 18, 2015). "92.9/The Game's newest morning show: John Fricke, Hugh Douglas". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. http://radiotvtalk.blog.ajc.com/2015/10/05/92-9the-games-newest-morning-show-john-fricke-hugh-douglas/. Retrieved June 5, 2017.