Neal Hughes
No. 32
Born:July 2, 1980 (1980-07-02) (age 43)
Regina, Saskatchewan
Career information
CFL statusNational
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight208 lb (94 kg)
High schoolThom Collegiate
Career history
As player
20042014Saskatchewan Roughriders
Career highlights and awards
Career stats
  • Playing stats at (archive)

Neal Hughes (born July 2, 1980) is a former professional Canadian football player for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. Hughes, who is of Métis heritage,[1] signed with the Riders as a free agent after completing his university career with the Regina Rams.

Early life

Hughes was born and raised in Regina, and has played all of his football in the city, starting out in the Regina Minor Football (RMF) system at the age of 7. He played peewee and midget, moving up to the Thom Collegiate Trojans for his high school football career. During his career with the Rams, he was named the university's Male Athlete of the Year in 2003.[2]

Saskatchewan Roughriders

After an outstanding collegiate career, Hughes signed a free agent contract with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in April 2004. Under head coach Danny Barrett, he spent much of his time as backup fullback to Chris Szarka, while also playing on special teams. He had his first reception against Winnipeg in the Banjo Bowl in 2007 and had his first carry on October 21, 2007 against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and scored his first CFL touchdown five days later against the Edmonton Eskimos on a four-yard run. He also added a receiving touchdown in the West Final playoff game against the BC Lions.

In 2008, Hughes enjoyed a breakout season recording 35 carries for 130 yards and four touchdowns and 16 receptions for 187 yards and three touchdowns. His seven touchdowns was only second on the team behind Wes Cates, despite playing in only 12 games due to a leg injury that took him out of most of August and September. Hughes also led the team in special teams tackles, with 21 to his credit. Due to a nagging knee injury, Hughes sat out for 11 games in 2009 and saw a diminished role in the offense, seeing his first touch of the season in the second-to-last regular season game.

Hughes had a personal web site.[3] He announced his retirement on May 20, 2015.

Hughes was inducted into the Roughriders' Plaza of Honour.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Regina's Neal Hughes inducted into Roughriders Plaza of Honour". August 22, 2019.
  2. ^ "Player Profile: Neal Hughes". Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Club. Archived from the original on November 24, 2014.
  3. ^ "Neal Hughes Football". Neal Hughes. Archived from the original on July 31, 2012.