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Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins retires from NFL

Andrew Hawkins retires (Source: Facebook) Andrew Hawkins retires (Source: Facebook)

Andrew Hawkins, the former Cleveland Browns wide receiver, has officially announced his retirement from the NFL.

He made the announcement on Tuesday in a video posted to the UNINTERRUPTED Facebook.

The undrafted free agent out of Toledo played three seasons each with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns. The best year of his career was in 2014 with the Browns, when he grabbed 63 catches and totaled 824 yards. He also played several years in the Canadian Football League.

Hawkins signed a contract this offseason with the New England Patriots, but decided to retire before the start of the season.

"I had to inform them my decision to retire and hang up the cleats," Hawkins said.

He said heading into training camp, his body wasn't feeling or reacting the way he thought it should be.

He says, "Basically, it just started breaking down on me."

Hawkins, who recently graduated from Columbia, says he plans to continue his education and will work on earning his PhD in business and economics.

According to the Concussion Legacy Foundation, Hawkins pledged to donate his brain for research into CTE, a brain problem that stems from repeated head trauma.

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