The son of former Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets Pro Bowl defensive end Hugh Douglas died along with his college roommate in a car accident in Georgia on 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 overturned in East Point, located southwest of Atlanta, around 5 p.m. in the afternoon, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Police say the couple’s vehicle attempted to pass another car at high speed when Files Jr. lost control and went off the road, knocking down two utility poles.
The former NFL star, who shared his name with his late son, took to social media to pay a heartbreaking tribute, posting multiple photos of them on Twitter and Instagram.
“You were already a better man than me,” Douglas she captioned a post on Platform X, formerly known as Twitter, by her beloved son.
Both Douglas and Files Jr. would graduate from Morehouse College in 2025.
Hugh Douglas and his roommate Christion Files Jr. were involved in a fatal accident. X/@Bighugh53
Douglas, described as an “exceptional student who showed immense dedication,” majored in business administration with a concentration in finance; Files Jr. also majored in business administration with a concentration in marketing.
“Hugh and Christion were not only friends, but also roommates during their sophomore year, and all of us in the Morehouse family feel their loss deeply,” said Kevin Booker, vice president of student services and dean of Morehouse.
“…They leave a legacy of excellence, passion and dedication that will continue to inspire us all.”
Hugh Douglas posted a series of old photos with his son on social media. X/@Bighugh53
A wave of Morehouse College students mourned the deaths of their fallen classmates.
“Hugh Douglas was an exceptional student who showed immense dedication and promise in earning a business administration degree with a concentration in finance,” the school wrote on its official Instagram. “He was a member of the @MorehouseBusiness Association, a member of @AltFinanceedu and a member of @GoldmanSachs, which demonstrates his commitment to excellence in his field…”
Files was co-captain of the school’s track team, media chair of the junior class council and part of the Morehouse Business Association.
Hugh Douglas shared a photo on social media of his son with former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donavan McNabb. X/@Bighugh53
The elder Douglas is one of the hosts at Philadelphia-based radio station 94WIP, where he hosts the station’s midday show.
“We want to extend our deepest condolences to @Bighugh53 of 94WIP 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 children, he spoke so glowingly about [his son] Hugh,” Joe Giglio, Douglas’ 94WIP co-host, said on Tuesday’s show.
Hugh Douglas, a three-time Pro Bowler, played for the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Jets.
“When I heard it, it impacted me in 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.
Douglas was then traded to the Eagles for two draft picks before the 1998 season.
After his first stint with the Eagles, he left to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2003 before returning to Philadelphia for one final return in 2004.