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#53  Hugh Douglas


Position: DE
Height: 6-2
Weight: 281
College: Central State (Ohio)
Experience: 11
Birthdate: 08/23/1971
Hometown: Mansfield, OH
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  • Acquired by Eagles: FA (Jax) 2004

    Originally joined NFL: D1b-95 by NYJ (16th selection overall)


    A locker room favorite with his quick wit and sense of humor, Hugh Douglas is in his second tenure with the Eagles. One of the best pass rushers in team history, Douglas is ranked third behind Reggie White (124) and Clyde Simmons (76.5) on the club's all-time sack list with 54.5 during his six seasons in Philadelphia.

    Among active NFL players, Douglas is tied for fifth in that category with 80 sacks. A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Douglas was a first-round draft choice of the New York Jets in 1995 and was traded to the Eagles prior to the 1998 season for two draft choices. Douglas spent the 2003 campaign with Jacksonville before re-signing with Philadelphia in 2004.

    HUGH AND THE HULK

    An avid collector and reader of comic books, Hugh's favorite character is the Incredible Hulk.

    "The Hulk's a split personality just like me," said Douglas. "One person on the field, another person off of it."

    On any other day he can be found cracking jokes or providing the media with a great sound bite, but it's all business when he gets to the stadium.

    Hugh got hooked on comics as a child while reading the West Coast Avengers comic book series at the laundromat with his father.

    BIRDSEED

  • A renowned chatterbox on game day, was banned from riding the same bus as head coach Andy Reid. Said Reid, "He likes to talk and sing, and I don't. But the one time I told him to stop, he played the worst game. So I turned him loose ... Hugh's a wonderful, funny guy who'll talk to anyone for as long as they want. He'll get on people, sure, but he's not overbearing or mean-spirited. He doesn't call people out. He doesn't overdo it."
  • Aspires to a career in the broadcast field once his playing days are over. "I want to keep my feet moving and stay in the game of football. Im so used to working and I like to have fun in my job."
  • Works out frequently during the offseason with his trainer, Ty Felder, at Rope Man's Fitness Center in Atlanta.

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ranks third on the club's all-time sack list with 54.5 behind Reggie White (124) and Clyde Simmons (76.5).
  • Has 16 multiple sack games, including three of three-or-more sacks.
  • Played in all 16 regular season games (three starts) and three postseason contests in 2004, recording three sacks.
  • Started 16 games for Jacksonville in 2003 after signing with the Jaguars as a free agent on 3/17/03. Led the team with three FFs and was second with 36 hurries.
  • In his 100th career start at NYJ (11/23/03), the team that drafted him in 1995, posted one sack (QB Chad Pennington), one TFL and two hurries.
  • Posted 1.5 sacks of QB Steve McNair, one FF and two hurries at Ten. (11/16/03).
  • Made a third-straight trip to Hawaii as a member of the NFC Pro Bowl squad in 2002. Also a first-team All-Pro selection by Football Digest, a second-team selection by AP and an All-NFC pick by Pro Football Weekly.
  • Tied for fourth in the NFL in sacks (12.5) and led the team in both hurries (25) and TFLs (9) as an Eagle in 2002. Posted at least a half-sack in 11 of 16 regular season games.
  • Notched two fourth-qtr. sacks at Chi. (11/3/02) for the 17th multiple-sack game of his career. The second sack stalled a Bears comeback on their final drive.
  • Earned his second consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl as a starter in 2001, as he led the Eagles for the second straight year with 9.5 sacks. Garnered All-NFL honors from Football Digest and College and Pro Football Newsweekly. His efforts earned him a selection to the All-Madden Team and a second consecutive selection to Howie Long's "Tough Guy" Team.
  • Registered two sacks in the 2001 playoffs. His second came against Bears QB Shane Matthews in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game (1/19). Earlier in that contest, Douglas' block on Bears QB Jim Miller on an INT return knocked the QB out of the game and helped set the tone for the Eagles' win.
  • Tallied 4.5 sacks in a two-week span in 2001. Had two sacks at Arz. (11/4/01) of QB Jake Plummer and then posted 2.5 vs. Min. (11/11) of QB Daunte Culpepper.
  • In 2000, earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl as a starting DE after ranking fourth in the NFL with a career-high 15 sacks. In addition to being named first-team All-NFL by The Associated Press, Pro Football Weekly and Sports Illustrated, he was also voted by his teammates as the Eagles' Defensive MVP.
  • Earned NFC Defensive Player of the Month honors in September, 2000 for his league-leading 6.5 sacks, 10 QB pressures, and 21 tackles, including four for a loss.
  • Recorded his first pro INT off of Chris Chandler vs. Atl. (10/1/00).
  • Named NFL Defensive Player of the Week after recording an Eagles' postseason-record two sacks of QB Shaun King in the Wild Card game vs. TB (12/31/00). The first sack forced a fumble by King and was converted into the Eagles' first TD.
  • Led the Eagles in 1998 and ranked seventh in the NFL with 12.5 sacks en route to earning All-Madden Team honors in his first season in Phila.
  • Was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for October, 1998 as he registered seven sacks among his 20 tackles in just three games, including a career-high 4.5 sacks of Ryan Leaf at SD (10/18/98) to tie a club record set by Clyde Simmons on 9/15/91 at Dal.
  • In 1996, his final season with the Jets, led the team for the second straight year with eight sacks.
  • Recorded his only touchdown at any level of play when he returned a fumble (Stanley Pritchett) 62 yards for a score vs. Mia. (12/22/96).
  • Became the consensus NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1995 after recording 10 sacks, 2.5 shy of the NFL rookie record held by Leslie ONeal. Broke the Jets rookie record of eight set by Joe Klecko in 1977.

    PERSONAL

  • Served as a player-reporter for The NFL Network during the 2003 playoffs after being a regular on the network throughout the season.
  • In 2002, worked with NFL Films to produce his own highlight film.
  • Enjoys the hit TV show, Law and Order. "I like all the plot twists and drama."
  • Lettered in football at Mansfield (OH) HS.
  • Majored in elementary education.
  • In 2001, was awarded the Jack Edelstein Memorial Award for the second straight season. The award is presented to the Eagle with an uplifting manner, a love for life, and an exceptional sense of humor who makes all with whom he comes in contact with, feel good. The award is voted on by the Philadelphia media.
  • Full name: Hugh Lamont Douglas

    COLLEGE

    A two-time NAIA Division I All-American, Douglas would line up against Erik Williams, the Cowboys' former All-Pro tackle, in practice each day. That experience, Douglas insists, made him a better player. Collected 42 sacks in just 32 games over his three-year college career and had 13 multiple-sack games. As a senior, was named Defensive Player of the Year by the Washington D.C. Pigskin Club and had four sacks in the Hula Bowl. Helped lead the Marauders to the national championship as a sophomore.

    INJURY HISTORY

    Despite being hampered by a nagging shoulder injury for a majority of the 2004 season, appeared in all 19 games. Had a shoulder tendon repaired by Dr. Craig Morgan on 2/16/05. Exited a matchup vs. TB (9/19/99) with a partial tear of the MCL in his left knee. He returned to action in a reserve role three weeks later vs. Dal. However, suffered a torn tendon in his left bicepts a week later at Chi. (10/17/99) and underwent surgery on 10/20 at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City and was placed on the Injured Reserve list that day. A groin injury caused him to miss a matchup with Buf. on 9/7/97. Suffered an ankle sprain on 11/26/95 forcing him to miss one game. An ankle injury in 1996 caused him to miss six games from 9/22-10/27.













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