Andrew Hawkins

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Andrew Hawkins
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Hawkins in 2015 preseason.
No. 0, 19, 16
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1986-03-10) March 10, 1986 (age 36)
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Height:5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight:180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school:Bishop McCort
(Johnstown, Pennsylvania)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:2,419
Receiving touchdowns:9
Career CFL statistics
Receiving yards:457
Receiving TDs:5
Player stats at · PFR · (archive)

Andrew Austin Hawkins (born March 10, 1986) is a former American football wide receiver. He played six seasons in the National Football League with the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns and two seasons for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, where he was part of back-to-back Grey Cup Championships. He had signed with the New England Patriots in the 2017 offseason, but announced his retirement just days before training camp. He played college football for the Toledo Rockets from 2004 to 2007.

Early career[edit]

Hawkins attended Bishop McCort High School in his hometown of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where he played football and ran track. In football, he played as a running back and had 562 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns as a senior. He was named second-team All-state as a defensive back by PA Football News and Associated Press, and All-conference as a running back. In track & field, Hawkins competed in sprinting and jumping events. In sprints, he recorded a personal-best time of 11.33 seconds in the 100 meters, and was a member of the 4 × 100 m relay squad. He also participated in long jump (20 ft 2 in) and triple jump (41 ft 8 in).

Hawkins chose to attend college at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. He played at wide receiver and cornerback, making him the first Rocket to play both ways in 48 years. Over four seasons, he played in 37 games, starting in 25. He finished his career with 67 receptions for 1,107 yards and five touchdowns. As a cornerback, he had two forced fumbles, one blocked punt and 21 tackles.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 7 in
(1.70 m)
182 lb
(83 kg)
4.34 s 1.53 s 2.52 s 4.03 s 6.81 s 38 in
(0.97 m)
9 ft 6 in
(2.90 m)
9 reps
Values from Toledo Pro Day [1]

Hawkins worked out with the Cleveland Browns after going undrafted in the 2008 NFL draft. He was not signed to play in the NFL and was out of football the entire 2008 season.

4th and Long[edit]

Hawkins competed as a contestant on Michael Irvin's football reality show 4th and Long. Hawkins was a runner-up to fellow receiver Jesse Holley.[2] Hawkins was cut on the final episode along with future CFL player Ahmaad Smith.

Montreal Alouettes[edit]

He then signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL) on December 5, 2008.[3]

However, before his first CFL season in 2009, Hawkins went to compete on Michael Irvin's football reality show 4th and Long to compete for a spot on the Dallas Cowboys roster. He was named the runner-up.

Hawkins then went on to play with the Alouettes for two seasons. He scored his first CFL touchdown on October 12, 2009 during a Thanksgiving Day match-up against the Calgary Stampeders. He totaled only 41 receptions, 457 yards and five touchdowns in two seasons for the Alouettes, but was a part of the back-to-back Grey Cup championship teams.

St. Louis Rams[edit]

On January 12, 2011, Hawkins signed a contract with the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League (NFL).[4] He was waived on August 1, 2011.

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Hawkins at Bengals training camp in 2013.

The Cincinnati Bengals claimed Hawkins off waivers on August 1, 2011. He debuted for the team on August 21, 2011 in Week 2 of the preseason against New York Jets, catching a 15-yard pass from Dan LeFevour. Hawkins was waived during final-day cuts on September 3 but he was re-signed to the team's practice squad the following day. Hawkins was added to the active roster after Jordan Shipley was placed on injured reserve.

Hawkins went on to record 23 receptions for 263 yards, both fifth among the team's receivers. He also had five rushes for 25 yards converted on nine third-down situations. His on-the-field performance made Hawkins a bit of a "fan favorite" among Bengals fans, who referred to him as "Baby Hawk".[5]

He had a breakout season in 2012 for the Bengals, playing in 14 games and totaling 51 receptions for 533 yards and four touchdowns, plus six rushes for 30 yards.[6]

In 2013, he suffered a serious ankle injury prior to the preseason and was placed on injured reserve with a designation for a possible return, meaning he could return and play by Week 9.[7] He did return and played in the Bengals final eight games, totaling 12 receptions for 199 yards.[6]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Hawkins signed an offer sheet with the Cleveland Browns on March 12, 2014. The Bengals had until March 18 to match or the offer sheet would become an official contract. The Bengals declined to match the offer, and Hawkins became a member of the Browns with a reported four-year, $13.6 million contract, including a $3.8 million signing bonus.[8][9] In his first season in Cleveland, Hawkins led the Browns with 63 catches for 824 yards and two touchdowns. On December 23, 2015, the Browns placed him on injured reserve.[10]

On February 27, 2017, Hawkins was released by the Browns.[11]

New England Patriots[edit]

On May 24, 2017, Hawkins signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots.[12]


On July 25, 2017, Hawkins announced his retirement from the NFL.[13]



Season Team Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP Rec Tgts Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2011 CIN 13 23 34 263 11.4 26 0 5 25 5.0 8 0 0 0
2012 CIN 14 51 80 533 10.5 59 4 6 30 5.0 11 0 1 0
2013 CIN 8 12 18 199 16.6 50 0 2 3 1.5 6 0 1 0
2014 CLE 15 63 113 824 12.9 65 2 1 8 8.0 8 0 0 0
2015 CLE 8 27 44 276 10.2 25 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 1
2016 CLE 16 33 54 324 9.8 33 3 2 0 0.0 1 0 1 1
Total 59 209 343 2,419 11.6 65 9 18 73 4.1 11 0 4 2

all stats from


Season Team Receiving Rushing
Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD
2009 MTL 13 131 10.1 19 3 1 5 5.0 5 0
2010 MTL 28 326 11.6 45 2 4 52 13.0 15 0
Total 41 457 11.1 45 5 5 57 11.4 15 0

Personal life[edit]

Hawkins is the younger brother of former NFL cornerback Artrell Hawkins.[14] He is also the cousin of retired CFL slotback Geroy Simon, and former NFL offensive guard Carlton Haselrig.[14]

Hawkins is a Christian.[15] Hawkins has spoken about his faith saying, "I literally thank God every day for what I'm doing right now. I wouldn't change the way I got here at all. It taught me so much. It made me a better person and a better man. I'm just so thankful for where I am, and I wake up every day and thank God for it."[16]

Hawkins graduated from Columbia University in 2017 with a master's degree in sports management from the School of Professional Studies with a 4.0 GPA.[17]

Film and television career[edit]

Hawkins appears as an extra in the George Clooney film, The Ides of March.[18]

Hawkins is now a host on SportsCenter on Snapchat. In addition to this Hawkins co-hosts a football based podcast called the Thomahawk show with his former teammate from the Browns, Joe Thomas.

Hawkins hosts Discovery Channel's reality competition TV show Dodgeball Thunderdome along with YouTube star David Dobrik and Erin Lim.[19]

Hawkins cohosts variety program "Roku Recommends" with actress Maria Menounos which premiered July 2021


  1. ^ "Andrew Hawkins". NFL April 29, 2011. Retrieved April 28, 2011.
  2. ^ Aron, Jaime (March 11, 2009). "Former college players aim to take TV route to NFL". Associated Press. Retrieved February 4, 2011.
  3. ^ Nowicki, Brian (December 5, 2008). "Former Rocket Heading to CFL". Rockets Digest. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved February 4, 2011.
  4. ^ Mastovich, Mike (January 12, 2011). "Hawkins signs deal with Rams". The Tribune-Democrat. Retrieved February 4, 2011.
  5. ^ "Cincinnati Bengals: Andrew Hawkins". Archived from the original on September 7, 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Andrew Hawkins Stats".
  7. ^ "Cincy's Hawkins on IR, has chance to return". September 4, 2013.
  8. ^ "CBS News - Breaking news, 24/7 live streaming news & top stories".
  9. ^ "Cleveland Browns swipe WR Andrew Hawkins from Cincinnati Bengals". March 18, 2014.
  10. ^ "Browns sign Jayson DiManche to active roster; place Andrew Hawkins on injured reserve". Archived from the original on December 25, 2015. Retrieved December 24, 2015.
  11. ^ Gribble, Andrew (February 27, 2017). "Browns release WR Andrew Hawkins". Archived from the original on March 12, 2017. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  12. ^ Patra, Kevin (May 24, 2017). "Andrew Hawkins to sign one-year deal with Patriots".
  13. ^ Shook, Nick (July 25, 2017). "Andrew Hawkins announces retirement from NFL".
  14. ^ a b Moffat, Rick (January 12, 2011). "Hawk flies coop on Als for NFL's Rams". CJAD. Retrieved February 4, 2011.
  15. ^ "Video of the Week: Browns WR reflects on his faith-filled journey (by the Liberty Flames Sports Network)". May 15, 2015.
  16. ^ "Hawkins just thankful for chance with Bengals after long road to NFL".
  17. ^ "Former Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins receives degree from Columbia, hopes to become GM eventually". New York Daily News.
  18. ^ [Under The Radar] Andrew Hawkins: Patience and Perseverance
  19. ^ "Dodgeball Thunderdome: Everything We Know". August 18, 2020.

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