Now, he's graduating from professional football.
Hawkins, a product of Toledo, began his professional career in the Canadian Football League, where he played two seasons with the Montreal Alouettes before jumping to the NFL by way of an offseason spent with the Rams. He later made his way onto the Bengals' active roster, where he remained from 2011-2013, catching 86 passes for 995 yards and four touchdowns in 35 games played.
Hawkins signed with the Browns as a free agent in 2014 and immediately posted his best season in the NFL, catching 63 passes for 824 yards and two touchdowns in his first season in Cleveland. The Brownsreleased the diminutive slot receiver in February after an influx of younger receivers made Hawkins the odd man out.
Hawkins' master's degree from Columbia is in sports management, and his goal is to become a general manager in the NFL. With his cleats now on the shelf, a suit awaits the aspiring future executive.