The epitome of perseverance, Andrew Hawkins took a unique path to the NFL. A wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, Hawkins was asked to join the Detroit Lions as a scout after interning in their personnel department. Determined to pursue his dream and play in the league, Hawkins turned down the offer and continued to coach at his alma mater before accepting an offer to participate on Michael Irvin's relative TV competition, 4th and Long on SPIKE. Hawkins made the most of the opportunity, finishing second on the show, which landed him in the CFL. Five years after his college graduation, Hawkins landed a spot on the Cincinnati Bengals roster and recently completed his first full season with the Browns.
In 2014, Hawkins tallied a career-high 58 receptions for 763 yards. Both an offensive and defensive talent, Hawkins was the first two-way player at the University of Toledo in nearly half a century. Off the field, Hawkins and his son Austin caught the attention of national media including ESPN, CBS, USA Today and Fox Sports after a hilarious Instagram video of the two went viral.