Hughes in August 2009
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|Date of birth:||January 18, 1985|
|Place of birth:||Macon, Mississippi|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||195 lb (88 kg)|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
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Hughes was a four-year starter at Alcorn State, catching 161 passes for 2,415 yards and 19 touchdowns, despite missing most of the 2005 season because of a shoulder injury. He also was a three-time Southwestern Athletic Conference decathlon champion, and a two-time champion in the 400-meter hurdles and the 110-meter hurdles.
Hughes was signed as an undrafted free-agent following the 2008 NFL Draft. He was later released within the same year.
Kansas City Chiefs
Hughes was signed, and then released from the practice squad, by the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2008 season.
Hughes was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars and although he won a roster spot during training camp, he was cut by the Jaguars on September 21, 2009. He was signed to the practice squad the next day. On December 6, 2009 Hughes, playing in place of the injured Jarett Dillard, caught his first career touchdown pass. It came against the Houston Texans and was a 35-yard pass from quarterback David Garrard. It was his only reception in the game. He was waived/injured on August 8, 2010. He cleared waivers and was placed on injured reserve the following day.
After spending the 2010 season on injured reserve, Hughes was waived by Jacksonville on August 1, 2011.
On August 3, 2011 Hughes was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions.
On September 4, 2012 Hughes was waived by the Detroit Lions.
Post NFL career
Nate Hughes is currently a medical student at the University of Mississippi. He is the undisputed star of the current M2 flag football team. They won the 2016 intramural flag football championship game by defeating the PT team in overtime. They finished the season 8-0.
Born to Nathaniel and Gwendolyn Hughes. Hughes has a sister (Morgandy) and a brother (Charles). Hughes is married to Christine Angel Hughes (2014-present). Together they have a daughter.