Nate Hughes a RN.

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    Nate Hughes a RN.

    Meet the Detroit Lions wideout who’s also a registered nurseIn between playing football and earning All-America honors on the track, Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Hughes(notes) got a nursing degree during his college days at Alcorn State. Other than the multiple classes, long days of practice, longer hours studying, three weekly eight-hour shifts at the hospital and the 70-mile roundtrip he had to make between nursing school and the football field, it was a breeze.

    The NFL hopeful www.freep.com/article/20110823/SPORTS01/108230414/Lions-WR-Nate-Hughes-doubles-registered-nurse">kept his nursing degree active during three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars by taking continuing education courses. In his 2009 rookie season, he had five catches and one touchdown in his rookie season with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Hughes spent last season on injured reserve before getting signed as a roster longshot by the Lions.

    During this summer's lockout, Hughes took a job as an on-call nurse in his hometown of Macon, Miss. He plans to go to anesthesiology school whenever his football career ends.

    He www.freep.com/article/20110823/SPORTS01/108230414/Lions-WR-Nate-Hughes-doubles-registered-nurse">told the Detroit Free Press:

    "I think part of the reason why I've been able to succeed on the football field is because once I get to football practice, it's my avenue to let all of that go. [...] Football is my happy place, so when I got to football practice it's like, 'OK, I'm free of all the work, I can just go have fun.' It made me look at football totally different. I didn't look at football as work, I looked at football as play. I looked at nursing as work because you'd have times you'd have to read 12, 13 chapters a night and have a test on it the next day."

    Twelve or 13 chapters a night? I'd feel safe wagering that a number of NFL players made it through college without reading 12 or 13 chapters in total. (NFL bloggers too.)

    Hughes told the newspaper that his teammates in Detroit don't know he's a registered nurse but that players in Jacksonville would often call him in the middle of the night to diagnose their ailments.

    Despite a touchdown in the Lions' first preseason game, Hughes is considered a stretch to make the team's final roster. Given the team's rash of injuries this preseason, perhaps they could find another way to utilize one of his many talents.

     
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    Re: Nate Hughes a RN.

      Its great to hear that a pro athlete took his education serious and got a degree in nursing.
     
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    Re: Nate Hughes a RN.

    He is a good and humble guy.  He played against my university Jackson State
    University (Walter Payton School) and he was a beast.  He did it all.  He is from the same school as Steve McNair.  Good Job Nate!!!!
     
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    Re: Nate Hughes a RN.

    Completely agree lippa. It's getting even rarer that college athletes actually use college for an education.

    This is how college athletes should treat their great opportunity. Even if he doesn't make it in the pro's at least he has something to fall back on. His parents must be extremely proud and with good reason
     
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    Re: Nate Hughes a RN.

    Exceptional story, whether a football player or not. To commute 35 miles, work full time, and keep up with challenging college program such as nursing shows someone who has real commitment. Add in the 20+ hours for football practice, training and games each week, this guy a lot of character. Hope he makes it with the Lions.
     
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