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Buffalo Bills Star Donates to Fort Worth North Side

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hillmanJerry Hughes doesn’t hesitate to assist a former teammate.  The former TCU and current Buffalo Bill defensive end recently contributed $15,000 to Fort Worth North Side’s football program coached by former Horned Frog running back Joseph Turner.

The funds, which will become an annual donation, will be used to purchase weight room equipment, practice equipment, game gloves, cleats for needy players, and game day attire for coaches and players.  Turner spent the past two years as an assistant coach for the Steers before being named to head the program last month.

“I always wanted to give back,” Hughes told Caroline Collier of TCU Magazine.  “Now that I have the financial means, I can do so.”

The Indianapolis Colts drafted Hughes in the first round of 2010 NFL draft.  He spent three seasons with the Colts before being traded to Buffalo for linebacker Kelvin Sheppard in April 2013.  Last March, the defensive end, who played high school football at Sugar Land Fort Bend Austin, signed a reported five-year contract for $45 million.

The 2009 TCU team featured Hughes at defensive end and Turner at running back.  The Horned Frogs earned a Fiesta Bowl berth that season, losing to Boise State 17-10.

North Side and TCU share deep roots.  Former Horned Frog head coach and running back Jim Shofner played for the Steers in the 50s, and Charlie Conway, a halfback on TCU’s 1941 Orange Bowl team, suited up for North Side in the 30s.

“I’m happy to keep the tradition alive,” Turner remarked to TCU Magazine.  “I want North Side to be a small TCU, to be built on the same rules and guidelines.  Academics and chemistry around the community.”

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