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Robert Hughes (born June 21, 1989) is an American football fullback who is currently a free agent. He played college football for University of Notre Dame, where he ran for 1,392 yards on 321 attempts, as well as catching 43 passes for 370 yards.[1] He was signed by the Chicago Bears as undrafted free agent in 2011.[2]

Robert Hughes
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Hughes with the Arizona Cardinals in 2014
Free agent
Personal information
Born: (1989-06-21) June 21, 1989 (age 30)
Chicago, Illinois
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:257 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school:Chicago (IL) Hubbard
College:Notre Dame
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 2015
Rush Attempts:8
Rush Yards:16
Rush Average:2.0
Receiving Yards:149
Receiving Average:14.9
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He was also a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins, Indianapolis Colts, and Arizona Cardinals.

Professional careerEdit

Chicago BearsEdit

After not being drafted in the 2011 NFL Draft, Hughes signed with the Chicago Bears on July 27, 2011.[3] Despite running for 69 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries, as well as having two receptions for 26 yards in the preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns, Hughes was cut by the Bears for final cuts before the start of the 2011 season.[4]

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Hughes signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on April 19, 2012.[1] Robert recorded stats in 2 preseason games for the Bucs totaling 2 carries for 4 yards (2.0 yards average) and 2 receptions for 23 yards (11.5 yards average). He was released by the team on August 31 during final roster cut downs before the start of the 2012 season narrowly missing making the team.

Washington RedskinsEdit

Hughes signed with the practice squad of the Washington Redskins on September 3, 2012.[5] He was released on September 11, 2012.[6]

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

Hughes was signed to the Indianapolis Colts practice squad on October 10, 2012.[7] Hughes was activated from the practice squad 10/29/2012. Robert played in his first regular season NFL game November 4, 2012 against the Miami Dolphins and recorded his first statistic, a 3-yard reception from Andrew Luck in the first quarter of the Colts win over the Jacksonville Jaguars November 8th 2012. He later recorded his first rushing attempt, with a five-yard rush, November 18, 2012 vs. the New England Patriots. He was released on May 1, 2013.[8] On August 5, 2013, Hughes was re-signed by the Colts.

Arizona CardinalsEdit

On December 23, 2013, Hughes signed with the Arizona Cardinals practice squad.[9] On September 5, 2015, he was released by the Cardinals.[10] On October 22, the Cardinals signed him to their practice squad.[11] On January 26, 2016, Hughes signed a futures contract with the Arizona Cardinals. He was cut on April 15, 2016.[12]

Cleveland BrownsEdit

Hughes was signed by the Browns. On August 29, 2016, Hughes was waived by the Browns.[13]


  1. ^ a b King, Crimson (April 19, 2012). "Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign tryout players S Ron Girault and RB Robert Hughes". Bucs Nation. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
  2. ^ "Bears agree to terms with 26 rookies". July 26, 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
  3. ^ NFL Free Agent Signings: Chicago Bears Sign Notre Dame Product Robert Hughes
  4. ^ Potash, Mark (September 5, 2011). "Tough weekend for Hughes, Smith, ex-Irish in NFL - Inside Notre Dame sports". Archived from the original on July 2, 2013. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
  5. ^ Jones, Mike (September 3, 2012). "Redskins finalize practice squad". Retrieved September 3, 2012.
  6. ^ Tinsman, Brian (September 11, 2012). "Redskins Shuffle Roster, Practice Squad". Retrieved September 11, 2012.
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  8. ^ Wilson, Phillip (May 1, 2013). "Colts release three players, sign nine undrafted free agents". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
  9. ^ Twitter / AZCardinals: The #AZCardinals have signed RB Robert Hughes (5-11, 235) to the practice squad. LB JoJo Dickson has been released from the practice squad.
  10. ^ Urban, Darren (September 5, 2015). "Cardinals Make Final Roster Cuts". Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  11. ^ Arizona Cardinals bring RB Robert Hughes back to practice squad
  12. ^ "Cardinals sign 11 players to future contracts". Arizona Sports. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  13. ^ "Browns reduce roster to 76".

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