Artrell Hawkins

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Artrell Hawkins
No. 25, 26, 27, 35
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1976-11-24) November 24, 1976 (age 37)
Place of birth: Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Career information
College: Cincinnati
NFL Draft: 1998 / Round: 2 / Pick: 43
Debuted in 1998
Last played in 2007
Career history
*Offseason member only
Career NFL statistics
Tackles 303
Sacks 4.0
Interceptions 11
Stats at NFL.com

Artrell Hawkins, Jr. (born November 24, 1976 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania) is a former American football safety of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He played college football at Cincinnati.

Hawkins played cornerback for the Bengals, Carolina Panthers and later transitioned to safety for the New England Patriots. He finished his 10-year career as a member of the New York Jets prior to the 2008 season.

Early years[edit]

Artrell Hawkins, Jr. was born the son of Artrell Hawkins Sr. and Aletha (Haselrig-Jones) Hawkins on November 24, 1976. He attended Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where he was named conference offensive player of the year as a senior after rushing for a school record 1,487 yards, including a single-game record 265 yards, and 26 touchdowns. He also lettered in basketball and baseball at Bishop McCort.

Hawkins' father, Artrell Hawkins, Sr. was a three-year letterman at the University of Pittsburgh and was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as a rookie free agent in 1981.

Hawkins attended the University of Cincinnati, where he majored in business and lettered in football for four years (1994-1997) as a defensive back and kick returner under head coach Rick Minter. His senior year, the Bearcats went 8-4 and played in the Humanitarian Bowl, breaking the school's 47-year drought of not appearing in a bowl game. The Bearcats defeated Utah State University, 35-19.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Hawkins was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft, where he played cornerback for six years. In his rookie year of 1998, he started in all 16 Bengals' games, recording 65 tackles, five assists, one sack and three interceptions.

In 1999, Hawkins played in 14 games (starting 13) and totaled 61 tackles and seven assists. In 2000, he played in all 16 games, starting six, and recorded 43 tackles and four assists.[2]

In 2001, Hawkins rebounded and played in 14 games (starting 13), totaling 49 tackles, 10 assists, and three interceptions. In 2002, he started and played in 15 games, recording 69 tackles, seven assists, two sacks, and two interceptions, including a league-leading and team record 102-yard interception return for a touchdown on a pass by David Carr in a 38-3 Bengals' win over the Houston Texans.[3] In 2003, his sixth and final season with the Bengals, he played in 14 games, starting nine, with 50 tackles, five assists, and one interception.

After that season he signed for 2004 with the Carolina Panthers, for whom he played 14 games (starting four) with 24 tackles, five assists and one interception.

For the 2005 season, Hawkins joined the New England Patriots, playing in five games (starting four) with 11 tackles, six assists and one sack. In 2006, he played in 14 games for the Patriots, starting 12 games and recording 54 tackles, 19 assists, and one interception.[4] He was released by the Patriots during the summer of 2007.[5]

After sitting out the 2007 season, Hawkins signed with the New York Jets in February, 2008.[6] He announced his retirement on August 1, 2008 prior to the regular season.[7]

His younger brother, Andrew Hawkins, currently plays wide receiver for the Browns.

Since retiring, Hawkins has been a fixture on Cincinnati sportstalk radio, beginning as a University of Cincinnati sideline reporter and also various co-hosting and guest duties.[8] Hawkins also is a weekly contributor to the Bengals Radio Network.[9][10]

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Assisted Tackles Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Fumble Return Yards Interceptions Interception Return Yards Yards per Interception Return Longest Interception Return Interceptions Returned for Touchdown Passes Defended
1998 CIN 16 70 65 5 1.0 2 1 0 3 21 7 12 0 18
1999 CIN 14 66 59 7 0.0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 17
2000 CIN 16 48 42 6 0.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
2001 CIN 14 57 47 10 0.0 2 1 0 3 26 9 22 0 6
2002 CIN 15 75 68 7 2.0 1 2 0 2 102 51 102 1 6
2003 CIN 14 57 50 7 0.0 1 0 0 1 8 8 8 0 7
2004 CAR 14 26 21 5 0.0 3 0 0 1 9 9 9 0 5
2005 NE 5 17 11 6 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 NE 14 73 54 19 0.0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
Career 122 489 417 72 4.0 14 7 0 11 166 15 102 1 72

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References[edit]

2. http://www.artrellhawkins.com/about/

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