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Friday, June 3, 2011

Robert Hughes - Fullback - University of Notre Dame

If you love to watch football, then you’ve got to love fullbacks.  Unfortunately, they are going the way of the passenger pigeon and the dodo bird.  The NFL is pass-happy and college football is in the middle of spread offenses and sundry variations of receivers being told, “you go long.”

Robert Hughes did not set any records on the gridiron while attending the University of Notre Dame. He did what he had to do while suffering the loss of his brother to a senseless murder on the streets of Chicago.

His story has a happy ending, from dealing with the murder, being under-utilized by two head coaches, passed over on the depth chart, switching positions and trying to run east-west instead of north-south.  He wasn’t drafted by the NFL and with no free agency chances because of the lockout; Robert’s football career is on hold.

Coach Brian Kelly gave USC a dose of Robert this past fall.  Probably his best game if for no other reason it was against USC.  After that first carry on the winning drive, you just knew that Robert was going to pound and punish any linebacker or safety stupid enough to try and drag him down. 

For now just a goofy mortarboard and no more golden helmet.

Yet, Robert has a graduation ring, degree in sociology and a diploma from the University of Notre Dame de Lac that will suit him very well in all his future dreams and aspirations for greatest.

Congratulations Robert. Good Luck. God Bless.

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