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Truly Having A 2nd Career Is Beneficial!!!

Thoughts By: Coach Brown

When I checked out the story you are about to read, I was thoroughly impressed! This young man not only took advantage of his college scholarship to Alcorn St., but he has kept his nursing license current while he has been playing in the NFL! Young people, this is what I am talking about! A young man understanding and believing that he should get his degree and secured his a degree in a growing field is awesome!

You see, education is something that can never be taken from you. Once you learn something and you are able to apply it, it usually sticks with you for life! Your education and degree is something that no one or no thing can take away from you. Life has an amazing way of humbling us and we must understand that the only thing that is constant is change. Young people that are Blessed enough to earn academic and/or athletic scholarships should always do their best to graduate and take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to them because of their above average skills. We must all use the gifts that God Blesses us with on a daily basis.

Nate Hughes, I tip my hat to you brother, because you are living and setting a great example for other young people to follow! Keep up the great work and make the Detroit Lions team this season so that you don't have put on the hospital scrubs uniform this year!

One Love!

Meet the Detroit Lions wideout who’s also a registered nurse

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 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 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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