Oct 7, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (16) runs the ball in the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
After leaving the University of Toledo in the spring of 2008, Andrew Hawkins wasn’t drafted. He wasn’t even invited to the scouting combine. For the next three years, he’d go from working at a factory sweeping floors, to working as a graduate assistant at Toledo, to playing football again with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes.
Then, his NFL break finally came when the Cincinnati Bengals brought him aboard in 2011, and he’s now viewed as the team’s starting slot receiver heading into next season. Andrew took time to give us an update on how life has been treating him since his second NFL season ended.
JM-How does it feel to have completed your second full NFL season with the Bengals?
AH-“Its an extremely awesome feeling. My goal was always to play 1 game in the NFL, and here I am 2 seasons in with my childhood team. I feel extremely blessed and thank God for everything he’s done for me.”
JM-What were your goals coming into the season, and did you accomplish them?
AH-“My goals coming in to the season were the same they always are. 1. Make the team. 2. Do everything in my power to help us win a Super Bowl. Obviously i was 1 or 2. So there is a lot more work I have to do going into next season.”
JM-What are your goals for the 2013 season?
AH-“Same as 2012 honestly. Now that I will be in my third year and feeling a lot more confident out there on the field I hope to really build on what we’ve done as a team the last 2 years. More specifically I have the privilege of playing along side the best WR in football, in AJ Green, so another goal of mine is work my butt off to play up as close to his level as possible, because he works so hard out there and he is such a team-first player. He and the rest of my teammates deserve at least that.”