Nov 27, 2011; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (16) during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
In case you missed it last week, we wrote how the Cincinnati Bengals have become a team making headlines for all the right reasons. Well, we missed a story about Bengals receiver Andrew Hawkins going home to raise some money for the Wounded Warrior Foundation. Hawkins returned to his hometown of Johnston, Pennsylvania, where he participated in a Charity Flag Football Tournament held at Scalp Level Trinity United Methodist Church:
"Obviously, as a professional football player you can’t take every request that you get, but this is such a special cause with the wounded warriors and I’ve done other things with the Wounded Warrior Project in Ohio,” Hawkins said. “And especially with it being back here near my home town, it was a no-brainer. As soon as the Bengals contacted me in March, I agreed to it. It was one of those things that I’m happy to come home and I’m happy to help out especially for such a great cause.“It’s great to be back here. I attribute a lot of where I am now to what I obviously learned here in Johnstown. The people are so special, especially when you’ve been all over the country and out of the country. There’s nothing like the people from around here. It really is special and I get excited every time I get to do it."
Hawkins re-signed with the Bengals after becoming a restricted free agent this offseason, and unless a contract extension is reached, the 27-year-old will enter the 2014 offseason as an unrestricted free agent. He enters the 2013 NFL Season as the Bengals’ primary slot-receiver after registering 51 receptions for 533 yards and four TDs last year, all of which were the third-most on the team.