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Andrew Hawkins

For other people named Andrew Hawkins, see Andrew Hawkins (disambiguation).
Andrew Hawkins
No. 16     Cincinnati Bengals
Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-03-10) March 10, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth: Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)Weight: 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school: Bishop McCort High School
College: Toledo
Undrafted in 2008
Debuted in 2009 for the Montreal Alouettes
Career history

*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards

Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Career CFL statistics as of 2010

Andrew Austin Wyatt Hawkins (born March 10, 1986) is an American football wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. He previously played for the NFL's St. Louis Rams and for the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League, where he was part of back-to-back Grey Cup Championships. He played college football for the Toledo Rockets of the Mid-American Conference from 2004 to 2007.

Early career

After attending Bishop McCort High School in his hometown of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Hawkins chose to attend college at the University of Toledo in Ohio. 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. Also playing as a cornerback, he had two forced fumbles, one blocked punt and 21 tackles. He was the first two-way player at Toledo in 48 years, as he played on both offense and defense.

Professional career

Pre-draft

Montreal Alouettes

Hawkins worked out with the Cleveland Browns after going undrafted in the 2008 draft. He was not signed to play in the NFL and was out of football the entire 2008 season. He then signed with the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes on December 5, 2008.[1]

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 41 receptions, 457 yards and five touchdowns in two seasons for the Alouettes, as well as being a part of the back-to-back Grey Cup championship team.

4th and Long

Although technically under contract with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, Hawkins was permitted to compete 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.

St. Louis Rams

On January 12, 2011, Hawkins signed a contract with the NFL's St. Louis Rams.[3] He was waived on August 1, 2011.

Cincinnati Bengals

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 has made Hawkins a bit of a "fan favorite" amongst Bengals fans, who refer to him as "Baby Hawk".[1]

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.[4]

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 to practice as soon as week 7 and play by week 9.[5]

Personal life

Hawkins is the younger brother of former NFL defensive back Artrell Hawkins.[6] He is also the cousin of CFL slot back Geroy Simon, and former NFL offensive lineman Carlton Haselrig.[6]

Hawkins appears as an extra in the George Clooney film, Ides of March.

References

External links

  • Andrew Hawkins bio at UTRockets.com
  • Andrew Hawkins bio at Bengals.com
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