Making A Difference

David Hughes left Boise State as one of the best and most loved Broncos of all-time. He has gone on to great success with the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL and now the Antioch Bible Church in Washington.

David went to Kamehameha High School in Hawai'i , graduating in 1977.  He earned varsity letters in football, basketball and track and was named the Hawai'i Football Player of the Year as a senior.  He received several scholarship offers but selected to go to Boise State .  

His constant motor and hard work led him to become an instant fan favorite in Boise .  He was a member of Boise State 's famed "Four Horsemen" in the late 1970's and in the 1980 National Championship year.  

 Hughes started as a freshman and gained 258 yards on 55 carries with a touchdown on the ground and also caught four passes.  David gained 495 yards on 113 carries as a sophomore and was second to Cedric Minter with seven rushing touchdowns.  He enjoyed his best season for the Broncos in 1979 when he was second on the team in rushing with 575 yards on just 94 carries with two touchdowns and also was second on the team with 30 receptions for 307 yards and three scores.  His increasing receiving ability would serve him well later.  In 1980, Hughes was third on the team in rushing with 507 yards on 90 carries with two touchdowns.  

Hughes gained 1,835 yards in his career at Boise State .  He was named All-Big Sky Conference and Honorable Mention All-America as a sophomore.  Hughes' accomplishments and overwhelming popularity are still evidenced today:  He was selected to the Bronco "Dream Team" by fans in 1995, named to the BroncoCountry All-Time Football Team in 2005 and chosen by Bronco fans to the "Bronco 35 Team" later that year.   

Hughes was the 31st player selected in the 1981 NFL Draft, going to the Seattle Seahawks in the second round.  

In his rookie season, Hughes played only part-time rushing for 135 yards but his blocking and receiving abilities enabled him to be the third-down back for Seattle .  He caught 35 passes that year and was ranked in the Top 10 of the National Football Conference for most of the year. 

In 1984, Hughes helped Seattle to its first playoff berth in franchise history leading the team in rushing with 327 yards.  In his career, he had 1,041 yards rushing, 864 yards receiving and 663 kickoff return yards.  David scored seven career touchdowns.  Recurring ankle injuries forced Seattle to release him in 1986.  He was picked up immediately by the Pittsburgh Steelers and was doing well with them until a severe knee injury in his fifth game with Pittsburgh ended his professional football career.  

Hughes married Holly Haleamau on February 14, 1981 while at Boise State .  They had five children:  Lahela, Kela, Keoni, Kaniela and I'okepa.  

In 1983, Hughes met Kalua Kaiahua from Hawai'i and had a spiritual experience which David says was "an opening the doors of faith in God."  After his NFL career, Hughes became active in religious ministry.  In 1994, he and his family moved to Eagle where he pursued his ministry and coaching running backs for Eagle High School .  He helped the Mustang team win the Idaho state championship in 1998.  

The following year, the Hughes moved back to the Seattle area.  David is currently a Pastor of Missions for Antioch Bible Church in Redmond .  He also is an assistant football coach at Eastlake High School in Sammanish , Washington .  Their oldest daughter Lahela is now 24 and is a missionary in Athens , Greece .  Tragically Kela died February 15 of last year, the day after her parents' 27th wedding anniversary, when her vehicle spun out of control and rolled over in a ditch.  She was en route to work on church business when the accident occurred.  

 David, Holly and three of their four surviving children live in Redmond .


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