NFL Alumnus Nate Hughes’ Unique Career Path: WR, RN, and M.D.

Each week we proudly list 10 of you in our newsletter to show the outside world that so many alumni have moved on from your playing days to become successful salesmen, teachers, coaches and doctors.

However, Mississippi native Nate Hughes, who played wide receiver for the Jaguars and Lions (2008-12), may have broken new ground even before he started in the League. Nate’s undergraduate degree as a registered nurse is not one that scouts often see on NFL player personnel forms. He graduated with that degree from Alcorn A&M where he was a four-year starter on the football team and a three-time SWAC decathlon champion.

“I used my off seasons not only training but I also volunteered working as a nurse,” Hughes recalls. “I continued to work as a nurse after retiring from the NFL.”

Hughes returned to school upon retirement and earned a Master’s degree in nursing in 2015…the same year he enrolled as a doctoral candidate at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Last month he received his Doctor of Medicine degree. He plans to focus on his residency in becoming an anesthesiologist in the next few years.

Dr. Hughes is married with two children. Ironically, he may not be the real overachiever in the marriage since his wife Angel Jean-Charles is a pilot in the U.S. Coast Guard.

We at NFL Alumni are glad to feature this terrific couple. We wish both spouses much success as parents and in their chosen fields. We are pleased they are part of the NFL alumni family.

(For more on Dr. Nate Hughes, click here.)

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