Former Brown Andrew Hawkins announces retirement

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The Cleveland Browns mutually parted ways with Andrew Hawkins this offseason, and the wide receiver recently announced his retirement from the NFL.

With the Cleveland Browns being so bad for so long, fans have to rally around bright spots on the roster to avoid solely focusing on the negatives. Andrew Hawkins was one of those bright spots.

Hawkins announced his retirement Tuesday at the age of 31. He spent six seasons in the NFL between Cincinnati and Cleveland.

Hawkins was never a star receiver in his six seasons in the NFL, but he did play three solid seasons with the Browns. 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.

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. He made that clear with another post on Twitter.

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Hawkins recently received a master’s degree from Columbia, and it is hard to blame him for pursuing another career instead of risking his body on the field for another season.

It is a shame the Browns could never figure things out with Hawkins in town. He was a reliable receiver who would’ve been a great fit with the Patriots if he wanted to keep playing, and really could have helped the Browns the past few years if the team wasn’t in so much disarray.

But fans can remember Hawkins fondly as a leader both on and off the field, and it wouldn’t be shocking if the former Toledo Rocket used his new academic degrees to launch a career as a front office executive in the NFL.

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Hawkins was never a star in Cleveland, but it is hard to find anything bad to say about him and fans would surely welcome such an intelligent individual back to town in an executive role if things don’t work out with the current group.