March 14, 2017

Getting to know… Charleston Hughes

Defensive end Charleston Hughes during a game on July 29, 2016 (Photo by David Moll)

Defensive end Charleston Hughes has played nine seasons for the Red and White.

He played his first game on July 3, 2008, and recorded his first sack two weeks later against Hamilton. He currently has 88 career sacks, placing him second on the Stamps’ all-time list behind Will Johnson, who had 99.

The Saginaw, Mich., native was the West nominee for the Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2013 when he recorded a career-high and league-leading 18 sacks. He also led the CFL in that category in 2016.

A two-time Grey Cup champ, Hughes played his 100th CFL game on Sept. 13, 2014. He’s been a West Division all-star five times and a CFL all-star three times.

The Sackmaster answered some questions so we could get to know him a little bit better.

What was your first pet?

Venus. A pitbull

Charleston Hughes high school track

Charleston Hughes competed in track & field in high school (Photo courtesy of Saginaw News/MLive Media Group)

What is your second favourite sport?  

Track & Field

Your favourite place you have traveled?


What is your nickname?

Stamp Machine

What’s your favourite band/song? 

Aerosmith Cryin’

What was your first car?

Dynasty Chrysler

What was your favourite subject in school?


What is your biggest pet peeve?

People who repeat themselves

What is your favourite food?


What is your favourite Calgary restaurant?

Cattle Baron

Who is your favourite actor/actress?

Denzel Washington

Who is your best friend on another CFL team?

Shawn Lemon

What was your childhood football number?


What is the worst place you have ever traveled?


What is your favourite vegetable?


What is your game-day meal?

Breakfast. Bacon, eggs, sausage, potatoes, three pancakes and toast with grape jelly.

Who is your roommate on the road?  

Brandon Smith

Do you have a pre-game ritual?

I don’t eat like eight hours before a game. I don’t eat within that time frame, like six to eight hours.

What piece of equipment are you fussiest about?

My shoes. They always gotta be snug to my feet. I hate when my feet slide around in my shoes. So I always gotta be lacing them up tight.

What is your favourite CFL road city to visit?