Civilian - - An­drew Hawkins -

Two sea­sons later, he earned a spot on the St. Louis Rams pre-sea­son ros­ter, which led to be­ing signed by the Cincin­nati Ben­gals and spend­ing three years of his ca­reer there, and another three with the Cleve­land Browns. In to­tal, Hawkins ended up play­ing six sea­sons in the NFL (twice the av­er­age length). “I was just happy to be get­ting paid to play a game that I love,” shares Hawkins, who also speaks of foot­ball with grat­i­tude and in­debt­ed­ness as he re­fuses to cheat the sport that af­forded him so many op­por­tu­ni­ties. He re­tired in 2017 on the heels of sign­ing a con­tract with the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots, de­cid­ing to pur­sue other ven­tures since he did not want to hold a ros­ter spot hostage when there were other young play­ers vy­ing for the same po­si­tion. “The game has been very good to me.

It’s set me up in ways I could never imag­ine. It’s helped my fam­ily. It’s changed our en­tire eco­nomic struc­ture and pro­vided us with ed­u­ca­tion. I’ve been able to help nieces, neph­ews, my kids, fam­ily mem­bers and even peo­ple who aren’t a part of my fam­ily,” he re­calls.

By the time re­tire­ment came, Hawkins was pre­pared to tackle his new­est chal­lenges as he spent his NFL off­sea­sons earn­ing a master’s de­gree in sports ad­min­is­tra­tion from Columbia Univer­sity. He then hounded mu­tual ac­quain­tances into get­ting him­self in con­tact with Mav­er­ick Carter, the busi­ness man­ager of LeBron James. Look­ing to fur­ther prove him­self out­side the foot­ball field, he in­terned for an en­tire off­sea­son at UN­IN­TER­RUPTED, a mul­ti­me­dia plat­form for ath­letes cre­ated by Carter and James. “Be­fore I de­cided to re­tire, that was one of the first con­ver­sa­tions I had. I had op­por­tu­ni­ties to go to other places but the way he (Mav­er­ick Carter) and his team and LeBron run their busi­ness, it was just like, there couldn’t be a bet­ter place in the world to work,” says Hawkins who cur­rently holds the ti­tle of di­rec­tor of busi­ness de­vel­op­ment at UN­IN­TER­RUPTED as well as the Ro­bot Com­pany (another me­dia/mar­ket­ing com­pany founded by Carter and James). He also hosts Sport­sCen­ter on Snapchat for ESPN as well as be­ing an NFL an­a­lyst on their var­i­ous pro­grams.

More­over, here is another im­por­tant part of An­drew Hawkins: help­ing oth­ers and be­ing a voice for the voice­less. He hosts an an­nual Christ­mas Takeover in Cleve­land, a tra­di­tion that gives back to those in need dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. Hawkins has also been out­spo­ken on so­cial is­sues, hav­ing donned a “Jus­tice for Tamir Rice and John Craw­ford” shirt be­fore game days in re­sponse to the death of two young black men killed at the hands of the po­lice.

He has had many ma­jor de­ci­sions to make to get to this point, but he has not been do­ing this all alone – his wife Mark­isha is a col­lab­o­rat­ing part­ner in any ma­jor up­heaval that af­fects them and their three chil­dren. “I don’t want to say it (foot­ball) is who I am be­cause it’s not, but at the same time, it was the cat­a­lyst for ev­ery­thing I’m do­ing. Foot­ball, to me, is like a re­la­tion­ship, it’s like fam­ily,” as­serts Hawkins, whose self-ti­tled biopic is cur­rently in the works.

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