Artrell Hawkins is a former National Football League safety and cornerback. He was born on November 24, 1976 and is "5-10" tall and weighs 195 pounds.
Hawkins was drafted in the second round (43rd overall pick) of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. In his rookie season he started all 16 of the Bengals games at cornerback and had a spectacular season as he made 71 total tackles, one sack, three interceptions and 15 defensed passes. That season would end up being his best as a Cincinnati player, the next six seasons for Hawkins saw a continuing reduced role in the Bengals defense and in 2003, when he became a free agent, the Bengals did not resign him. The next year Hawkins spent playing cornerback for the Carolina Panthers. In 2005, due to injury's to the New England Patriots secondary, Hawkins was signed by the Patriots in the late part of the regular season. He ended up starting four of the Patriots last five games of 2005. In 2006, he played in all but two games(with 12 starts) for the Patriots and made 71 total tackles and one interception. On August 18, 2007, Hawkins was surprisingly released from the team after suffering an injury in the 2007 Patriots training camp. Hawkins said soon after he was released from the team that he had no hard feelings and that their was a chance that he could return to play for the Patriots.
- ↑ http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/articles/2007/08/19/no_safety_net_hawkins_is_released/
- ↑ http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/reiss_pieces/2007/08/hawkins_reacts.html