Montreal Alouettes

Andrew Hawkins - Receiver - 2009-10 - Toledo


Cleveland Browns: The Journey Of Andrew Hawkins - Elias Faneuff - - 27-06-2015

Andrew Hawkins was one of the most under the radar wide receivers last year in the NFL. Hawkins led the Cleveland Browns in receiving last year with 63 catches for 824 yards and two scores in 2014.

But his journey till that point was not an easy task. After spending his college years at the University of Toledo, Hawkins was ready for the next step in his life playing for an NFL team.

He went undrafted in the 2008 NFL draft, but he did work out for the Cleveland Browns and failed to make the team. He then went on to play for the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League in 2009.

He ended up playing for two years for that team and was part of a winning team as the Montreal Alouettes won back to back Grey Cups.

While winning CFL championships were a great experience for him Hawkins had another opportunity to make it onto an NFL roster, but in a different way. Andrew Hawkins was part of the NFL legend Michael Irvin’s reality show 4th and long on Spike TV which was if you win the competition you get a spot on the Dallas Cowboys.

Again, Hawkins came up short as he was the runner up losing to fellow wide receiver Sammie Holley.

As Hawkins failed again, another opportunity came knocking at the door. The Cincinnati Bengals signed Andrew Hawkins off waivers in 2011.

Hawkins was assigned to be a practice squad player as it was not going to be easy to find a spot on a crowded wide receiving corp. Finally, Andrew Hawkins made it to the active roster after Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jordan Shipley went down with an ACL and MCL tear in his knee.

Hawkins made the most of this opportunity as it carried into the next season in 2012. He had his best NFL season at the time with 51 catches for 533 yards and four scores.

Andrew Hawkins quickly became a fan favorite and earned the nickname “Baby Hawk” due to his small frame. In 2013, Hawkins sprained his ankle in preseason and was unable to play till week 9 of the NFL season.

After playing two seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, Hawkins became a restricted free agent. It wasn’t long till a familiar team offered him a contract to play for them.

Yes, the Cleveland Browns offered Hawkins a contract giving him a chance to be a starter for the team. He then signed the offer sheet after Cincinnati failed to match the offer.

It was a very smart football and financial move for Andrew Hawkins as he came to a perfect situation. He would get a great opportunity to start and get paid a lot more.

As I mentioned before, Andrew Hawkins was the team’s best receiver in 2014. He’s now projected to be the starting slot receiver for the Cleveland Browns in 2015.

Andrew Hawkins may have gotten counted out many times, but his determination and will helped him succeed. It shows that even at a small size you still can achieve dreams of playing in the NFL.

Andrew Hawkins journey was a rocky one, but nevertheless a very inspiring story.

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Andrew Hawkins     Toledo
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
2009 Mtl 13 131 10.1 19 3
2010 Mtl 28 326 11.6 45 2
Total  2 41 457 11.1 45 5


  Kickoff Returns    
Yr Team No Yds Avg Lg TD
2009 Mtl 9 163 18.1 29 0
2010 Mtl 6 126 21.0 28 0
Total  2 15 289 19.3 29 0


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Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
2011 Cin 23 263 11.4 26 0
2012 Cin 51 533 10.5 59 4
2013 Cin 12 199 16.6 50 0
2014 Cle 63 824 13.1 65 2
2015 Cle 27 276 10.2 25 0
Total 5 176 2095 11.9 59 6