Former TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes will make the first of an annual $15,000 donation to the Fort Worth North Side football program on Thursday, according to Steers coach Joseph Turner.
Hughes will be at the school to present the donation and meet with players.
He and Turner were teammates at TCU in the late 2000s. The Horned Frogs’ 2009 team, which featured seniors Hughes as an all-American defensive end and Turner as the starting running back, reached the Fiesta Bowl.
A few months later, Hughes was drafted in the first round by Indianapolis, where he played three seasons before getting traded to the Buffalo Bills.
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He remained closely in touch with Turner, who was promoted to head coach at North Side last month. When Hughes got word of Turner’s hiring, he wanted to help.
The Fort Worth school district is in the process of installing artificial turf at the school (as it is at the rest of the Fort Worth schools that don’t already have it), but resources are usually scarce.
Hughes donation, Turner said, will go toward weight room equipment, practice equipment, game gloves, cleats for players who need them and game day attire for coaches and players.
“I’m happy [Hughes] is one of my best friends,” Turner said.
Hughes, who signed a reported five-year $45 million contract in March, has grown into a productive player with the Bills, tallying 10 sacks each of the last two years.
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