Andrew Hawkins retires two months after Pats deal, pledges brain to research

Andrew Hawkins

Andrew Hawkins

On Tuesday, the 31 year-old receiver announced his retirement from the National Football League, two days before the start of Patriots Training Camp in Foxboro.

Broadcasting via LeBron James' Uninterrupted, Hawkins revealed to fans the news as well as his reasoning for departing the NFL after just six seasons in the league.

"After OTAs, through summer training, my body just didn't respond and wasn't feeling the way it should going into camp", Hawkins said. "Basically, [my body] just started breaking down on me".

Hawkins said it was a "tough call" and "bittersweet", relaying that he is pursuing a business and economics.

The receiver left Cleveland this offseason to play for the New England Patriots, but it's hard to blame him for deciding to hang up the cleats after years of taking brutal hits.

The 31-year-old Hawkins signed with Cleveland in 2014 after three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. "Obvious [the Patriots] were disappointed. I told them I was just appreciative of the opportunity to come in there and work with an organization as storied as they are".

The post Patriots Receiver Hawkins Chooses Retirement appeared first on Cover32. He likely would have had difficulty making the final roster with Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Danny Amendola in front of him on the wide receiver depth chart. He had a career year in 2014, hauling in 63 catches for 824 yards in what was the best season the Browns have had since 2007.

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